Brewfest offers largest collection of Montana beers

MISSOULA COUNTY

By Will Wadley, KECI Weekend Anchor, wwadley@keci.com
POSTED: 5:18 PM Oct 06 2012
Brewfest
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The largest collection of Montana beers ever assembled was at Caras Park in Missoula Saturday for the Montana Brewers Festival.

70 different local brews from 20 different Montana breweries were on tap.

Micro-breweries are taking off in the state - Montana recently became the state with the second highest number of breweries per capita in the country.

Ryan Newhouse, who writes for Montanabeerfinder.com, said sales are up 12 percent this year over last year.

"A lot of good beers, they're really excited about what they're creating, and Montana's the perfect place for it,” said Newhouse. “We've got great water, we've got great grains that are grown in this state, and we've got a lot of creativity. Beer's a booming business."