Zoo Town Brew Fest Lineup

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If you live in Missoula, and enjoy drinking beer, then I am sure that you are fully aware of what has happened in the last 10 years, but first, go back in time to 1986. At this time, Missoula Brewing had been out of business for over 20 years, and Americanized pilsners like Ranier dominated the market. In 1987, German brewmaster Jürgen Knö¨ller opened up Bayern Brewing, and the local craft beer industry had once again been established in Missoula. Five years after Bayern’s opening, Jürgen and a few other local business owners started an annual tradition that still holds today. The annual Garden City Brewfest had begun, and craft brew lovers have flocked to Caras Park in downtown Missoula for the event ever since.

Now, look back to just ten years ago. Believe it or not, there were only three breweries in Missoula. In the past 10 years, the love for craft beer has blown up to ridiculous proportions, and the greater Missoula area is soon to be home to over 10 breweries!

When you live in a city like Missoula, which is in a state that takes 2nd in the nation for breweries per capita, one brewfest is simply not enough. The first brewfest of 2016 was the Winter Brewfest, which was on February, 19th but there are still five more to come!

Remember, drink responsibly!

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April 1st

Backcountry Brewfest

Caras Park

 

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April 16th

Bacon & Brew Fest

Caras Park

 

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May 7th

Garden City Brewfest

Caras Park

 

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September TBA

Mavericks Brewfest

Caras Park

 

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October TBA

MBA Fall Fest

Caras Park

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6 Most Important Items for Your Car this Winter

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The first snow and cold spell have invaded our lives and added that extra few steps to our daily routine. With winter now upon us it is time to be prepared. Is your car ready for winter and its many curve balls (snowballs that is)? Here are the must haves for your car so you can survive this winter!!!

Ice Scraper:

First and foremost, do you have your ice scraper handy and dug out from under the back seat? Like most of you I to hide it through the summer months. This is a necessary item for the upcoming events of the winter.

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You can also use and old CD case (who has these) or credit card if you are in a pinch to scrape your windows.

 

Tow rope:

I know this may seem like overkill, I mean come on I’m a Montanan and know how to drive in snowy conditions, please look at my pick up its made for this. Well, this is especially important for you folks. Throw that tow rope in, you never know when you may have to just move that person stuck in front of you out of the way so you can get to your destination.

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Jumper cables:

In the winter months comes the winter cold as well and our batteries just love the cold. For those that can’t sense my sarcasm, it would be an experience driven recommendation I make to you. Make sure you have some jumper cables and know where your battery is located in your car. Additionally, it would be wise that if you are parking your car in extreme cold or for an extend period of time that you park strategically so that you can jump your car easily if needed.
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Spare gloves and hat:

Yea, I know you already have them on but the point of this is to be prepared for the unexpected. Grabbing hold of your steering wheel first thing in the morning when it’s below freezing isn’t like wrapping your hands around a frosty beverage after a day in the sun. Throw that spare pair of glove and a cap in your car you will thank me later.

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Extra washer fluid:

This is for that beautiful day the sun is out and the streets get slushy. Yuck, right? Your car ends up filthy and you run your wipers thinking you have washer fluid, and whoops you have a smeared mess. Should have woken up sooner all week and warmed your vehicle instead of using washer fluid to speed up melting the ice!

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Shovel:

Who wants a shovel handy that means work? Instead of being stranded have a shovel handy to dig your way out of you get stuck or at least to clear a path to the passenger side for your significant other (happy wife happy life?).

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I hope your winter months are flawless and full of ease, but in case the harsh winter has other plans at least you will be prepared.