Looking for a new craft beer to whet your whistle?
The Montana Brewers Spring Festival introduces beer drinkers to 71 craft beers, created by 22 of Montana’s breweries.
The festival is Friday, April 25, at MetraPark’s Montana Pavilion. Admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. VIP tickets, which allow samplers to enter early, are $30 in advance or $35 at the door.
Tickets get you in the door and allow you all the 4-ounce samples you want. Tony Herbert, executive director of the Montana Brewers Association, said people who are noticeably drunk will not be served. He encourages patrons to drink water and eat between taste tests.
Last year’s festival outgrew the Billings Depot when 1,200 people showed up.
“We didn’t realize we’d get that many people,” Herbert said.
That’s why they moved it to the much-larger Montana pavilion,where Herbert expects the crowd to swell to 1,500.
VIP ticket holders can have the place to themselves between 4 and 5 p.m. Regular ticket holders will be admitted at 5 p.m. The festival runs until 10 p.m. and includes four food venders and two live bands, The Growlers, an Americana rock band from Helena, and Cure for the Common, a funk band from Bozeman. Music will start at 5:30 p.m.
Among the 71 brews offered is the Red Headed IPA and Rusty Beaver Wheat from Wibaux’s Beaver Creek Brewery, four beers from Draught Works Brewery in Missoula, and four beers from one of the state’s newest breweries, Mighty Mo Brewing Co. out of Great Falls. Two Billings brewers, Uberbrew and Canyon Creek Brewing will be represented.
“The craft beer industry is growing in our state and nationally,” Herbert said. “This is a good opportunity for brewers to show off their beer and for people in Billings to sample beer from all over Montana.”