Yellowstone Valley Brewing will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 23 following a complete renovation.
The “Garage Pub” as it was often called was a popular North Side bar and music venue when it closed last year after changing ownership.
“We invite the Billings community to check out the improvements we’ve made to our beer, brewery, taproom, concert stage and more,” the pub’s new managers said in a press release.
The business at 2123 First Avenue N., was purchased by Mike Mathew and Kay Foster. It will be managed by Sean Lynch, owner of the nearby Pub Station and his company 11:11 Presents will book artists.
YVB will be open Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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Live music at the venue will favor local and regional bands and begins Thursday, Jan. 24, with a jazz jam featuring the music of Thelonious Monk.
Other upcoming shows include:
- Friday, Jan. 25, Parker Brown and the Bleedin’ Hearts, Allied Music Teen Band
- Saturday, Jan. 26, Kicking Karma
- Friday, Feb. 1, Daniel Kosel CD Release
- Saturday, Feb. 2, Yellowstoned
- Wednesday, Feb. 6, AJ Fullerton
- Thursday, Feb. 7, The Two Tracks
- Friday, Feb. 8, Maddie Alpert, Bill Moved Away
- Saturday, Feb. 9, Dusty Pockets
Everything you need to know about craft beer in Billings
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There is a kaleidoscope of different types of beer – some thick, some thin; some dark, some light; some ales, some lagers. For the most part, all of the beers shown here achieve this variation through brewing techniques and careful selection of different types of beer’s four basic ingredients: malt, hops, yeast and water.
This chart shows an approximation of the average bitterness, in IBUs (international bittering units), of different styles of beer, as well as their average color. The size of each circle gives an idea of the typical alcohol by volume of each style. Color, bitterness and alcohol content may vary greatly between different recipes of the same style.
Here are ten popular beer styles, and some of our picks for the best that local brewers have to offer in each style.
A workhorse style of English pubs, it's malt-forward and sometimes sweet, but balanced to maximize drinkability.
Primarily a catch all for any beer less than a dark ale in color, ranging from amber to deep red hues, American amber ales are a staple of virtually all Billings area breweries.
The kaiser of German wheat beers, it's distinctive for its fruity-spicy yeast and unfiltered haze.
English in ancestry but heavily adapted by American brewers, the pale ale is hop-forward but seeks balance with a firm malt backbone.
Defined by a robust and often bitter hop presence, the IPA is 19th Century England in origin but experiencing a renaissance in the hands of U.S. craft brewers.
Watered-down variants of this crisp lager originating from Pilsen, Czech Republic, became the most popular beers in the world.
Scottish and Irish ales enjoy a strong following in Montana with many award-winning examples throughout the state.
English in origin, the porter's hue comes from dark-roasted malt, though it typically has a lighter body than its beefier sibling, the stout.
Though not widely available locally, some very high quality and award-winning examples of these funky and yeast-forward ales do exist in the Billings area.
This English-born style is marked by its imposing black color and roasty malt character. Excellent with imperial treatment and barrel aging.
Steps for brewing beer at home:
The classic dimpled mug is recommended for various German styles, as well as easy-drinking English ales.
The nonic pint glass is a British glass style that is recommended for drinking many ale styles, including brown ales, cream ales, ESBs, pale ales, porters and stouts.
Stemmed tulip glasses are designed to retain the head and aromatic elements of strong beers and beers that are high in hops. They are recommended for drinking Belgian ales, IPAs and other pale ales.
The tall weizen glass is recommended for drinking wheat beers of all kinds.
Pilsner glasses are recommended primarily for drinking the various styles of pilsner (who knew?).
The German Willi Becher (or willibecher) is a glass recommended for drinking flavorful German beers, such as schwarzbiers, Helles and maibocks.
Goblets are best suited to beers with diverse flavors. Belgian ales, Trappist ales and imperial stouts are recommended styles.
Like goblets, snifters are well-suited for stronger beers and aged beers. The shape allows aromatic compounds to stay in the glass. Snifters are recommended for drinking barleywines, Belgian strong ales and imperial ales.
Typically associated with champagne, flutes are often used for drinking light, flavored beers such as krieks, lambics and the related gueuze.