Winter BrewFest III Features 36 Beers

The Missoula Downtown Association and Kettlehouse Brewing Co. are hosting Winter BrewFest III on Friday, February 15, 2013 from 5-10 pm at Caras Park.

Thirty of the 36 beers to be served at this weekend’s Winter BrewFest are brewed in the state of Montana, and 21 of those 30 beers will come from Missoula-area breweries. Twenty Montana breweries will have their beverages served at the unique outdoor event.

Highlighting the list of beers to be served are a Huckleberry Cold Smoke brewed in a cask and a barrel-aged Poshed Porter from Kettlehouse, Bayern’s Groomer, Brush Tail Saison from Big Sky, Shadow Caster Amber Ale from Draught Works, Tramway RyePA from Philipsburg Brewing, Steep and Deep IPA from Tamarack Brewery, and Open Pit Porter from the Quarry Brewery in Uptown Butte.

For the first time, the event will be held outdoors at Caras Park.  There will be bonfires outside and giant heaters inside the pavilion to keep guests warm. “We are hoping Winter BrewFest has found its home in Caras Park, where Missoulians who enjoy being near the Clark Fork can celebrate what we love most about Downtown,” says Ellen Buchanan, director of the Missoula Redevelopment Agency and chair of the Winter BrewFest event committee.

Admission to Winter BrewFest is $10 per person and includes one 7-ounce commemorative glass and two beer tokens. Additional tokens are $1 each. Entertainment will be provided by Three Eared Dog from 5-7:30 pm and The Kevin Van Dort Band 8-10 pm. Food will be available from El Cazador and MacKenzie River Pizza.

This year’s event coincides with the opening night of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, screening its opening film at the Wilma at 6pm. Visitors to both events will receive discounts: $3 off BrewFest admission with a screenings pass to Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and $1 off a Big Sky Documentary Film Festival screening when you buy a BrewFest glass

Folks attending will be required to show identification at the entrance, located on the west side of the Caras Park Pavilion near the Carousel. Parking is free downtown on evenings and weekends, and attendees are encouraged to use alternative forms of transportation. Mountain Line bus service runs until 8 pm, and the University of Montana UDASH shuttle runs 15-minute service into the night for those staying until 10pm.

Additional information about Winter BrewFest can be found online ( or by calling the MDA (543-4238).


The 36 Beers of Winter BrewFest



Cask Huckleberry Cold Smoke
Joe Eddy then American Honey, then Merlot Barrel Age Cold Smoke
Poshed Porter


Big Sky Brewing Company

Moose Drool
Brush Tail Saison
All Souls Imperial Saison



Columbia Commons





New Belgium

Snow Day





Great Northern

Good Medicine
Snow Ghost


Harvest Moon

Elevator IPA
Charlie Russell Red


Quarry Brewing Company

Open Pit Porter
Gneiss IPA






Bud Lite


Bitterroot Brewery

Single Hop
Red Dread


Bayern Brewing Company

Faceplant Doppel



Flathead Cherry Ale


Sam Adams

Alpine Spring


Flathead Lake

Galaxy Pale Ale
Painted Rocks Porter



Cream Ale


Higher Ground

Milk Stout



Red Chair Northwest IPA



Ruthless Rye



Steep and Deep IPA
Winter Ale



Panty Dropper Pale Ale


Draught Works

Bare in the Bush American Pale Ale
Shadow Caster Amber Ale



Tramway RyePA



Wildwood Carapiller Red Lager