Inaugural Craft Beer Week comes to Great Falls in June

The inaugural Craft Beer Week in Great Falls runs June 3-10.

The event is the brainchild of the Mighty Mo Brewing Company and is a collaboration between Mighty Mo, Jeremiah Johnson Brewing Company/The Front Brewing Company, Black Eagle Brewery and the Downtown Great Falls Association.

Most other major cities in Montana hold a craft beer week and the Great Falls event has been timed to end with the Beer and Gear Festival, said Kellie Best Pierce, DGFA operations director.

The week kicks off with an obstacle challenge at 2 p.m. June 3 in Gibson Park. The challenge is a series of obstacles divided by beer stations, Pierce said. They partnered with local fitness companies to create the course. All ability levels can participate, Pierce said.

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That event requires pre-registration at www.eventbrite.com and the $25 fee includes a t-shirt and beer week passport.

June 4 is Craft Beer 101, an informational event, at 6 p.m. at 5th and Wine. The session will teach the basics of craft beer from the hops and barley to the finishing taste; the different brewing styles and why they’re poured in different glasses; and more.

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Tickets will be sold at the door for $15, which covers the cost of beer tastings, meat and cheese options and other light snacks.

Throughout the week, there will be craft beer and food pairings at Jaker’s Bar and Grill; Enbar and Electric City Coffee Bistro and firkin tappings from each of the local breweries.

The week also includes a hop on craft beer tour on Friday that includes transportation on a scheduled route from 6-11 p.m. Montana Brew Fest starts at 3 p.m. in Whittier Park on June 9 and Kegs and Eggs is set for 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 10 at The Sip ‘N Dip Lounge.

“There’s tons of stuff going on,” Pierce said.

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Businesses throughout the city are also trying to be creative in finding sales, promotions or other ties into the Craft Beer Week, Pierce said. Signature pint glasses will also be available around town.

Pierce said that the organizers are hoping to make it an annual event.

A few weeks after the Craft Beer Week, the DGFA is hosting the Downtown Summer Kick-Off on June 21 from 5-9 p.m. That event is also the kickoff to the summer cornhole league. Teams of two can register at www.eventbrite.com for the league. Music on the Mo starts June 28.