Garden City Brewfest


MAY 4, 2024 | 12-7pm

Caras Park, Downtown Missoula

Often imitated but never replicated, this is Montana’s ORIGINAL BrewFest! Taste over 50 local and regional beers, seltzers, and ciders in the Heart of Missoula alongside a wine bar, food vendors, music, and more.

Free for all to attend and enjoy! Interested in tasting the beers, ciders, and wines? Cost is $20.00 and includes a 7oz. taster glass, wristband, and 4 tokens. Additional tokens are 2 for $3.00. CASH ONLY!

30th Anniversary Special! This year we will have a limited edition, 12oz. mug available; cost is $30.00 and includes 4 tokens. But get there early – there are only 300 available.

Questions about Garden City BrewFest, or any other Missoula Downtown Association events, can be directed to [email protected] or by calling 406.543.4238.

In a partnership with students in the University of Montana Entertainment Management program, this year’s Garden City BrewFest is featuring a cornhole tournament!

$10 / 2-player teams

Check-in: 12:00pm

First Game: 12:30pm



Cost to taste beers, ciders, and wines is $20.00 (includes 7oz. taster glass, wristband, and 4 tokens); additional tokens 2 for $3.00. CASH ONLY!

2024 Garden City BrewFest Tap List


Clove Cart Pizza
M-80 Chicken
Sentinel Kiwanis
Servin’ Thyme
Sista Elmmy



12:00-2:00pm: Blue Point

2:30-4:30pm: Tanner Laws Band

5:00-7:00pm: Kyle Curtis and the Promised Lands

2023 Winners

  • Best of Show- Hopworks Urban Brewing “Beer Time Pils”
  • Best of Show Runner Up- Big Sky Brewing “Strub” Berlineweiss
  • Best Cider- Western Cider “Fat Robin” Cherry Cider
  • Best Dark Ale- Blacksmith “Whoever Smelter Delter Imperial Red
  • Best Fruit Beer- Stiegl “Grapefruit Raddler”
  • Best Fruit Sour- Big Sky Brewing “Strub” Berlineweiss
  • Best Hazy IPA- Sacred Waters “Hungry Horse Hazy”
  • Best IPA- Laughing Dog “New Tricks” West Coast IPA
  • Best Light Ale- Big Sky Brewing “Summer Honey”
  • Best Pilsner- Hopworks Urban Brewery “Beer Time Pils”
  • Best Seltzer- Boulevard “Quirk Pineapple Orange Whip”
  • Best Specialty- Higherground “Dusk ‘Til Dawn” Coffee Cream Ale
  • Best Wheat- Breakside “Breakside White” Witbeir
  • Best Lager- Conflux “Spezial Helles Lager”

2022 Winners

  • Best In Show: Conflux Alber Vienna Lager
  • Best Fruit/Specialty : Golden Road Mango Cart
  • Best Hard Seltzer: Upslope Snowmelt Pomegranate Acai/Tangerine
  • Best Light Ale: Neptune Siren Song Honey Rye
  • Best Wheat/Pilsner: Bayern St Walter’s
  • Best Sour: Outlaw Brewing Blemonade
  • Best Cider: Last Chance Flathead Cherry
  • Best Hazy IPA: Oddpitch Undiscovered World’s
  • Best Pale Ale: Madison River New Montana
  • Best IPA: New Hokkaido Daruma
  • Best Lager:  Conflux Alber Vienna Lager

2019 Winners

  • Best of Show: Mind Haze, Firestone Walker Brewing
  • Best of Show Runner-up: Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout, Great Burn Brewing
  • Best IPA: Super Cluster, Lagunitas Brewing
  • Best Lager: Car RamRod, Meadowlark Brewing
  • Best American Ale: Centennial Single Hop, Blacksmith Brewing
  • Best IPA NE/Specialty: Mind Haze, Firestone Walker Brewing
  • Best Sour: Peach Berliner Weisse, Great Burn Brewing
  • Best Porter/Stout: Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout, Great Burn Brewing
  • Best Scottish/Red Ale: Ole Gus, Meadowlark Brewing
  • Best Wheat/Blonde Ale: Miner’s Gold, Lewis and Clark Brewing

2018 Winners

  • Best of Show: Americano Coffee Mild, Missoula Brewing
  • Best of Show Runner-up: Rupture Fresh Ground Ale, Odell Brewing
  • Best IPA: Bubble Stash IPA, Hop Valley Brewing
  • Best Brown/Porter/Stout: Americano Coffee Mild, Missoula Brewing
  • Best Wheat/Blonde Ale: Brickhouse Blonde, Blacksmith Brewing
  • Best American Ale: Rupture Fresh Ground Ale, Odell Brewing
  • Best Fruit Beer: Lemon Meringue Sour, Draught Works Brewing
  • Best Belgian/Sour: Merliner Weisse, Big Sky Brewing
  • Best Scottish/Red Ale: Mountain Man Scotch Ale, Jeremiah Johnson Brewing
  • Best Double IPA: Hop Rising Double IPA, Squatters Brewing

2017 Winners

  • Best IPA: Bruno’s IPA, Red Lodge Brewing (Best of Show)
  • Best Lager: Toasted Lager, Blue Point Brewing
  • Best Fruit Beer: Sip N Go Apricot Ale, Tamarack Brewing
  • Best Amber / Porter / Stout:  Scotty Butte Wee Heavy, Missoula Brewing Company
  • Best Pale Ale: Sidecar Orange Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada Brewing
  • Best Light Lager:  Honey Kolsch, Rogue Brewing
  • Best Belgian / Sour: Blackberry Gose, Draught Works  (Best of Show Runner Up)

2016 Winners

  • Best Light Lager: Craft Lager, Upslope Brewing Co.
  • Best Bock: Dump Truck, Bayern Brewing, Inc.
  • Best Wheat: Honey Weizen, Front Brewing Co.
  • Best IPA: Space Dust, Elysian Brewing Co.
  • Best Pale Ale: Grunion Pale, Ballast Point Brewing Co.
  • Best Stout/Porter: Fortress Rock Imp Stout, Missoula Brewing Co.
  • Best Fruit/Specialty: Mount Jumbo Grapefruit, Missoula Brewing Co.
  • Best Scottish/Irish Red: Chip Off The ‘Ol Scotch, Bowser Brewing Co.
  • Best Saison/ Belgian/ Best of Show/ Best of Montana, Rope Swing Saison- Philipsburg Brewing Co.

2015 Winners

  • Best Lager/Best of Montana: Montana Helles Lager, Bayern Brewing, Inc.
  • Best Belgian/French: Rope Swing Saison, Philipsburg Brewing Co.
  • Best Pale Ale: Alchemy Pale Ale, Widmer Brothers Brewery
  • Best IPA: Ghost Train Double IPA, Carter’s Brewing
  • Best Specialty: Montana Creamsicle, Great Burn Brewing
  • Best Stout/Best of Show: Double Stout Black Ale, Green Flash Brewing Co.
  • Best English: Double Eagle Scotch Ale, Lolo Peak Brewing Co.
  • Best Light Beer: Goose Summer Ale, Goose Island Brewery

2014 Winners

  • Pale Ale: Sweetgrass Pale Ale, Grand Teton Brewing Company
  • Strong Ale: Pack Train Double IPA, Big Sky Brewing Company
  • Wheat/Rye: Salmon Fly Honey Rye, Madison River Brewing Company
  • Belgian: Spring Saison, Wildwood Brewing
  • Bock: Dump Truck Summer Bock, Bayern Brewing
  • Fruit: Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale, Elysian Brewing Company
  • IPA: Single Malt IPA, Blackfoot River Brewing Company
  • Lager: Schwarzbier, Bayern Brewing
  • Light Hybrid Ale: Yellowstone Golden Ale, Lewis and Clark Brewing Company
  • Dark Ale: Back Country Scottish Ale, Lewis and Clark Brewing Company
  • Best of Montana: Back Country Scottish Ale, Lewis and Clark Brewing Company
  • Best of Show: Back Country Scottish Ale, Lewis and Clark Brewing Company

2013 Winners

  • Best of Montana, Lone Peak American Stout
  • Best Blonde Ale, Blackfoot River Cream Ale
  • Best Bock/Maibock, Wildwood Organic Loquacious Duck
  • Best Cider, Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider
  • Best Dark Ale, Ninkkasi Otis Oatmeal Stout
  • Best Fruit Beer, Leinenkugel Summer Shandy
  • Best IPA, Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA
  • Best Lager, Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL
  • Best Pale Ale, Grand Teton Bitch Creek ESB
  • Best Specialty, Lone Peak American Stout
  • Best Strong Ale, Bitterroot Red Dread Imperial Ale
  • Best Wheat/Rye, Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’
  • Best of Show, Lone Peak American Stout

2012 Winners

  • Best American Ale: Ninkasi, Spring Reign
  • Best Belgian: Flathead brewing Co., Dirty Ginger
  • Best Dark Ale: Ninkasi, Oatmeal Stout
  • Best Fruit Beer: Shock Top
  • Best IPA: Blackfoot Brewing Co., Single Malt IPA
  • Best Lager: Wild Wood Brewing Co., Ambitious Lager
  • Best Light Ale: Glacier Brewing Co., Golden Grizzly
  • Best Specialty: Deschutes Brewing Co., Chainbreaker White IPA
  • Best of Montana: Wild Wood Brewing Co., Ambitious Lager
  • Best of Show: Ninkasi, Oatmeal stout

2011 Winners

  • Best Lager: Bayern Maibock
  • Best Wheat/Rye: Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy
  • Best Dark Ale: Big Sky Irish Stout
  • Best IPA: Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
  • Best Light Ale: Deschutes Hefewiezen
  • Best American Pale Ale: Bitter Root Brewing CTZ Single Hop Ale
  • Best Belgian: RedHook Wit
  • Best Specialty: Zoo City Zymurgists/Big Sky Brewing Missoula 5-0
  • Best of Show: Zoo City Zymurgists/Big Sky Brewing Missoula 5-0
  • Best Montana Beer 2011: Zoo City Zymurgists/Big Sky Brewing Missoula 5-0

2010 Winners

  • Best Belgian: Blue Moon’s Belgian White
  • Best Dark Ale/Strong: Blacksmith Blackout Stout
  • Best Dark Ale: Big Sky Cowboy Coffee Porter
  • Best Light Hybrid Ale: Alaska Summer Ale
  • Best IPA: Blackfoot Brewing Single Malt IPA
  • Best Lager: Red Hook Rope Swing Pilsner
  • Best Pale Ale: New Belgian Mighty Arrow
  • Best Specialty: Kettlehouse Seeley Axe White Sorghum Beer
  • Best Wheat/Rye: Madison River Salmon Fly Honey Rye

2009 Winners

  • Best Lager: Bayern Maibock
  • Best Light Hybrid: Glacier Brewing Golden Grizzly Ale
  • Best Pale Ale: New Belgium Mighty Arrow
  • Best Amber Ale: Green Lakes Organic Amber
  • Best Dark Ale: Harvest moon Pigs Ass Porter
  • Best Strong Dark Ale: Highlander – Missoula Brewing Co.
  • Best Wheat or Rye: Bayern Dragon’s Breath Dark Hefe
  • Best Belgian: Blue Moon Belgian White
  • Best IPA: Deschutes Brewing Inversion IPA
  • Best Fruit Beer: Pyramid Brewing Audacious Apricot Ale
  • Best of Montana: Highlander – Missoula Brewing Co.
  • Best of Show: Deschutes Brewing Inversion IPA

Interested in volunteering? Over 100 slots are available and volunteers will receive free Garden City BrewFest merch, a free glass, and three free drink tokens. Email [email protected] to be added to our volunteer email list.

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