Big Sky, Bayern, Kettlehouse and Draught Works breweries of Missoula and a number of taverns are joining efforts to create the first ever Garden City Community Brew.

This first collaborative brew will be a black IPA.

Proceeds from community brew sales will go to the Missoula Food Bank and other charities.

Brad Martens is the co-owner of the Rhino bar in downtown Missoula and also the President of the Missoula County Tavern Owner's Association.  

Martens tells NBC Montana, "Our focus is a community brew.  A lot of the proceeds are going back to the community, which I think is beneficial"

The taverns and breweries hope to continue this community wide effort two times a year.

Here's a list of participating taverns that will serve Garden City Community Brew as of December 21st:

Al's & Vic's
Brooks & Browns
The Depot
Double Front Lounge
Elbow Room
Iron Horse Brew Pub
James Bar
Joker's WildThe Keep
Montana Club - Brooks
Montana Club - Reserve
The Mo Club
Paradise Falls
Red's Bar
The Rhino
Rowdy's Cabin
Sean Kelly's
Stone of Accord

The following is a press release NBC Montana received from the Missoula County Tavern Owners Association


For immediate release

Date: November 27, 2012

To: All Media Outlets

From: Laurie Clark, Missoula County Tavern Owners Association


"Taverns, breweries and distributors, working together for Missoula"

The Missoula County Tavern Owners Association (MCTOA) and four local breweries (Bayern, Big Sky, Draught Works and Kettlehouse) have joined together to create a collaboration called Garden City Community Brew.
This program will have our local breweries brew a one-of-a kind beer bi-annually. This beer will be distributed exclusively to MCTOA members' taverns and proceeds from the sales will benefit Missoula's local charities.
The first brew will be a Black IPA, brewed at Draught Works on December 5th. Over $4,000 has already been donated by MCTOA members and the breweries. Proceeds will be presented on December 19th to the Missoula Food Bank. Distribution of the beer will begin December 21st. The beer will only be available in twenty taverns in Missoula. We invite Missoula to join us in support Friday, December 21st by enjoying a pint of this specialty brew at one of the participating Missoula taverns.
For more information and to find out where you can purchase the Garden City Community Brew, visit Garden City Community Brew on Facebook.