Uberbrew growler

Mark Hastings, owner of Uberbrew, pours a glass of the brewery’s popular White Noise Hefeweizen. Uberbrew and other local beer makers will bring their best beverages to Friday’s Solstice Rendezvous.

HANNAH POTES/Gazette Staff

The Montana Brewers Association is holding its annual Solstice Rendezvous on Friday in Billings, the group’s first festival in town in three years.

The event launches with a VIP hour at 4 p.m. at the Billings Depot, 2310 Montana Ave., followed by general admission from 5 to 9 p.m.

The solstice will feature Montana-made beers from across the state, including several of the 36 brews that won medals at the North American Beer Awards this month, said Matt Leow, executive director of the brewers association.

Twenty-three breweries statewide will be at the festival, including Canyon Creek, Uberbrew and Thirsty Street of Billings, and Red Lodge Ales.

Music entertainment will come from the John Floridis Trio and Shakewell, a Missoula-based band.

Leow noted the number of breweries in Montana has grown 50 percent in the three years since the festival was last in Billings to around 60 today.

“We hope to see Billings out in force Friday night, joining us at the Rendezvous after work for great tunes and some of the best craft beer in the world. What a perfect way to enjoy a beautiful Friday summer evening,” Leow said in a written statement.

Tickets at the door are $40 for VIP and $30 for general admission. Pre-sale tickets are $35 for VIPs and $25 for general admission, available online at www.montanabrewers.org .

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Business reporter for The Billings Gazette.