Every year when the Montana Brewers Association releases their list of featured beers for the Montana Brewers Summer Rendezvous, we have made a list of the beers that we cannot wait to try. With over 100 Montana-made beers to choose from, this task can be a little bit overwhelming. But, we have sacrificed ourselves for the greater good of beer “connoisseuring” and have waded through all the choices to identify what we can’t wait to try this Saturday, August 13th at Memorial Park.
Without further ado, here is our TOP ten list of beers (in alphabetical order by brewery) that we must try at the Helena Summer Brew Fest. Please don’t hesitate to comment with what you want to try. We would love to hear what you’re looking forward to. The complete list of beers being served at the event can be found at the Montana Brewers web site.
Beaverhead Brewing Company – Dillon, MT
Yellow Sally Bright Ale – Australian Pale Ale, 4.7%
Our Thoughts: Yellow Sally is a fly fishing fly. Sounds like a girl’s name – a girl skipping through a field with a yellow dress on, but it can also be a fly! This beer is described as cool, crisp and refreshing. Sounds like the perfect beer to enjoy after a great day of riding Helena’s mountain biking trails during the Bike Helena Shuttle Fest.
Black Eagle Brewery – Black Eagle, MT
Swing Shift – Grapefruit, Oatmeal Pale Ale – 5.3%
Out Thoughts: Grapefruit and Oatmeal in a beer together. What would breakfast of Oatmeal and a Grapefruit together be like? Comforting and refreshing at the same time? We can’t fin any info online about this beer so that’s all we know. Sounds like a tasting is a must.
Draught Works – Missoula, MT
Scepter Head – IPA, 6.1%
Our Thoughts: Described as a hop monster that shows no mercy, this sounds like it might be queen of the IPAs. Summer, Montana, IPA – that’s what we’re talking about. Bring it on.
Highlander Beer – Missoula, MT
Wolf Point Strawberry Wheat – Fruit Wheat Ale, 5.0%
Our Thoughts: With this beer one of is personally hoping for a green eggs and ham moment. “Try them, try them, and you may! Try them and you may, I say!” And soon we’ll be drinking Wolf Point Strawberry Wheat in a box and with fox. Hey we’ll be drinking it anywhere. Cheers to you Erica!
Lewis Clark Brewing Company – Helena, Montana
Set Break Session IPA – Session IPA, 5.4%
Our Thoughts: Always a pleasure to enjoy a local while at the festival. We haven’t been able to try the Set Break Session IPA yet and it’s described as an easy drinking session IPA which sounds quite delightful.
Meadowlark Brewing – Sidney, MT
Teddy Roosevelt American Badass – Imperial Wheat IPA Oak-Aged
Our Thoughts: Darn it – we are really trying not to put too many IPAs on the list, but they’re so popular and so delicious that when we came across a beer named Teddy Roosevelt American Badass, we HAD to add it to the list! This is like the bottle of wine that you buy for pretty the picture – we are putting this on the list because of the killer name. The description of this beer promises a vanilla or almond-like favor and aroma so we don’t think we’ve gone wrong.
Red Lodge Ales – Red Lodge, MT
Czech Mate – Pilsner, 5.0%
Our Thoughts: Okay, so one of us may be trying to recapture some of her Slavic roots – and a beer described as having a malt flavor that is soft and biscuit-like sounds like roots worth having. This beer has won medals from the North American Brewers. We’ll toast to that!
Ten Mile Creek Brewery – Helena, MT
Betelgeuse – IPA, 7.0%
Our Thoughts: Betelgeuse – it’s the ninth-brightest star in the night sky. We did not know this. We did know that Betelgeuse was on tap at Ten Mile Creek Brewing for a while, then they ran out and we were sad, very sad. Now we see it’s at the Rendezvous and we have stars shining in our eyes. Cheers to the local boys who continue to brew some great beers.
Uberbrew – Billings, MT
Average at Best – Double Red, 8.5%
Our Thoughts: Why is a beer named “Average at Best”? We are confused. Can’t find any info on Uberbrew’s web site, but that’s okay we’ll be happy to partake in a double red.
Wildwood Brewing – Stevensville, MT
Organic Bodacious Bock – German Bock Lager, 7.5%
Our Thoughts: The beer combines three different hops from the Hallertau region of Germany and is mashed in the old world tradition. We’re not sure exactly what this means, but it certainly sounds impressive and we’ll be anxious to get educated by the Wildwood brewers.