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Big Brews in Big Sky Country

June 3rd, 2013 by kimtaylor

Beer enthusiasts at the annual Great Northern Brewery Beer Barter.  What would you do for a year's supply of beer?

Beer enthusiasts at the annual Great Northern Brewery Beer Barter. What would you do for a year’s supply of beer?

Something’s brewing in the Flathead Valley and beer enthusiasts are rejoicing.  Two new breweries are set to open this Summer in NW Montana joining the ranks of 5 other breweries already producing fine, locally crafted lagers, stouts and ales.  According to the Montana Brewers Association there are 40 craft brewers in the State – maybe the Flathead Valley aims to be the ‘Napa Valley’ of brewing regions in the Treasure State.  You never know….  Craft beer brewing here and across the nation shows no signs of stopping and beer aficionados are jumping for joy.

If you have a beer lover in your family or group who is visiting the area why not take a day and visit a couple of local breweries for tours, tastings and some ‘pub grub’.  Just make sure there’s a tee-totaling designated driver at the wheel.

Right here in Whitefish is the Great Northern Brewery [just look for the tallest building in town!].  Established in 1995 it is the oldest brewery in the area.  They started their claim to fame with Black Star a double hopped golden lager and expanded their offerings to include Wheatfish, Wild Huckleberry, Going to the Sun IPA and Snow Ghost Winter Lager to name a few.  At their Draught House you can sample free tastings of each of their featured brews as well as sandwiches and snacks to go with them.  Summer tours of the brewery take place Monday – Thursday at 1 pm and 3 pm.

After that you can head on over to Desert Mountain Brewing & Draughthaus in Columbia Falls.  Their grand opening took place in March 2013 and featured Two Ocean IPA, Siyeh Stout and Bad Marriage Blonde, an amber hybrid in style, similar to German Alt beer named for Bad Marriage Mountain on the East side of Glacier National Park.  Visit their taproom in downtown Columbia Falls for beer tasting, board games, watching a game on TV or surfing the web.

From there, visit our friends to the South. Around beautiful Flathead Lake there are 3 breweries to choose from… or why choose?  Why not stop at all three!  Flathead Lake Brewing Co. is located in Woods Bay on the East side of the Lake and they have a deck to sit out and enjoy the view.  Farther South in Polson, Glacier Brewing Co. has a variety of beers (and sodas!) on tap for tasting including Golden Grizzly Ale, Wildhorse Island Pale Ale and in tribute to the cherry growers in the area, Flathead Cherry Ale.  For the kids there’s Polson Pepper Soda and Glacier Brewing Root Beer.   Then head back north around the West side of the Lake to the Tamarack Brewing Company’s Alehouse and Grill in Lakeside, MT.  Their wide range of beers, from Blue Jay White IPA to Yard Sale Ale to Switchback Stout will make it a tough choice to pick the perfect beer to go along with their extensive menu choices from fish tacos to salads to burgers and grilled sandwiches.  If trivia is your thing, join them on Tuesdays for trivia night starting at 7 pm.

Opening up this summer is the Kalispell Brewing Company {August 2013} and Homestead Ales in Eureka {June 2013}

For more information on Montana made beers visit www.montanabeerfinder.com and get the scoop on all the Big Sky brewers.

Author: Sarah Stewart

See Kim Run… Run Kim Run!

May 14th, 2013 by kimtaylor

Kim at the start of the 2012 Turkey Trot.  Look for Kim burning up the competition at this year's Whitefish Lake Run.  Watch out Velma!

Kim at the start of the 2012 Turkey Trot. Look for Kim burning up the competition at this year’s Whitefish Lake Run. Watch out Velma!

Whitefish is host to many 5k, 10k and even marathon running races throughout the summer and fall.  These races find participants passing through scenic vistas and quaint small towns on their way to the finish line.  It’s a great way to work off your huckleberry buttermilk pancakes or Grand Marnier French toast while staying at the Hidden Moose!    Plan your vacation around them, so you can stay fit while enjoying the scenic beauty of Montana first hand.  Below is a list of some of the more popular races in the valley: (click on the race name to be taken to the race website)

4th Annual Whitefish WAG Race [May 19, 2013]: This race benefits our local dog park, the Hugh Rogers WAG park, and consists of 1.5 miles, 4 miles and a 15k USATF Certified Race. Each participants receives, short sleeved cotton t-shirt, Pint Glass w/ Run Whitefish & Great Northern Brewery Logo, food & beverages including beer from Great Northern (over 21 only), live music and a chance to win many great raffle prizes from local merchants.  This is a cup-free race to reduce waste.  15k participants get a complementary hydro-pouch.

36th Annual Whitefish Lake Run [June 29, 2013]: This local favorite consists of 5k and 10k races and starts and finishes at scenic City Beach. (10k participants are bused to the start line, but finish at City Beach).  Kids under 12 get $5 off their race registration and dogs are encouraged to participate in the 5k race, (this is Montana after all and we LOVE our K-9 friends.) Register by June 10 to receive a t-shirt.

Glacier Challenge [July 6, 2013]: This is a challenge!  Covering 50 miles of Montana terrain, racers run, pedal and paddle their way on paths, up/down streams, on the lake and along bike paths and some gnarly single track.  You can enter as an individual, with a partner or as a team.   This year’s theme is: “The Wild West is about to get a WHOLE LOT Wilder,”  all proceeds benefit the Flathead Youth Home.

11th Annual Whitefish Friends and Family Fun Run/Walk [August 24, 2013]: Benefitting the Child Development Center and the Shepard’s Hand Clinic this race consists of a 1 mile Family Walk/Run, 5k Run/Walk and a 10k Run.  Discounted family rates and senior rates.  Register by August 6th to receive t-shirt.

Two Bear Half Marathon & Marathon [September 15, 2013]:  “No Wimps” is the motto of this race!  A Challenging course that takes you on single track, a jeep road, elevation gains and losses, and pavement and gives you beautiful views of Whitefish Lake.  It’s a “Bear” of a course, but gaining popularity among marathon racers.  Water stations approx. every 2 miles and Hammer Gel and orange slices available at selected aid stations. Entry fee includes long sleeve shirt, medallion for all official finishers, post-race celebration with food and beverages and an all-day pass for The Wave fitness center.

4th Annual Whitefish Legacy Race [Oct 13, 2013]: This popular favorite consist of 4 different lengths all on a single track, 1.5 mile, 4.5 mile, 10k and 20k races and is a fundraiser for the Whitefish Legacy Partners, a non-profit that has helped to establish & expand the Whitefish Trail.  Participants receive a t-shirt, pint glass for your post-race beers, lunch and snacks and a hydra-pouch for 20k & 10k participants & live music. Another cup-free race.

Whitefish Turkey Trot [November 28, 2013]  A 5k fundraiser benefiting the North Valley Food Bank, this is a no-frills, feel good, burn-some-calories-before-your-Thanksgiving-feast race.  No shirts, no swag but it’ll make you feel less guilty as you scarf a second helping of pumpkin pie.  You are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to make your halo glow brighter.  Another cup-free race to reduce litter.

You can check out other Montana races at www.runmt.com  Now get out there and run!

Author: Sarah Stewart