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Draught Works brewers Matt Blair, left, and Ryan Tripepi churn out craft beer for Missoulians day in and out. The beer making process can be complex, and the clothing and footwear they sport keep them comfortable and safe. "We try to strike a balance between protection, comfort and professionalism," Tripepi says. "We work with high pressure gasses and liquids, high temperature gasses and liquids and corrosive chemicals." They also wear steel toed and waterproof boots.

The 25th annual Garden City BrewFest will take place Saturday, May 6, in Caras Park from noon to 8 p.m. The event serves as the grand finale of the 6th annual Missoula Craft Beer Week featuring over 70 draft beers, as well as a wine and hard cider bar.

This event is open and free for all, but those looking to sample beer must purchase a 7-ounce commemorative glass, wristband, and three beer tokens for $15. Additional beer tokens are two for $3. For $20, folks can buy a glass and seven tokens. Those enjoying the brews are encourage to find safe rides home via designated drivers, a taxi, Uber, or Mountain Line busses. Designated drivers receive free water and soda. White wristbands are available at each entrance for these drivers.

The event will also feature music from local bands, starting with the Rotgut Whines from 12-2 p.m. followed by Letter B from 2:30-5 p.m. The Dodgy Mountain Men will wrap up the event from 5:30-8 p.m. The beer selection will be complemented by a lineup of some favorite local food vendors, including Clove Cart Pizza, Covered Wagon Hot Dogs, Dobi’s Teriyaki, El Cazador, Bitterroot Bison, and What’s a Viking.

All of the beers at BrewFest will be judged by the Zoo City Zymurgists — Missoula’s local home brew club. The Zymurgists will select winners in a variety of categories, from which they pick a “best in show” beer.

Garden City BrewFest’s official beer list:

Summit Beverage:

Maibock (wooden Barrel) Bayern Brewing, Missoula,

Inconceivable #2 Bayern Brewing, Missoula

30th anniversary Celebration Pilsner, Bayern Brewing, Missoula

Dump Truck Summer Bock, Bayern Brewing, Missoula

Corner Store Imperial Pilsner, Kettlehouse Brewing, Missoula

Kettlehouse Lager, Kettlehouse Brewing, Missoula

Pineapple Express Tropical IPA, Draught Works, Missoula

Blackberry Gose, Draught Works, Missoula

Huckleberry Hefeweizen, Bitterroot Brewing, Hamilton

Spring Pale Ale, Blackfoot Brewing, Helena

Copper John Scotch Ale, Madison River Brewing, Belgrade

Bluff Charge Oatmeal Pale, Flathead Brewing, Big Fork

Saison, Phillipsburg Brewing, Phillipsburg

Sip N’ Go Naked Apricot Ale, Tamarack Brewing, Lakeside

Flathead Cherry Ale, Glacier Brewing Polson

Hula Hopped IPA, Higher Ground Brewing, Hamilton

Montana Common, Bozeman Brewing, Bozeman

Lucky 13, A Mondo Large Red Ale, Lagunitas Brewing Petaluma, California

Sidecar Orange Pale Ale Sierra Nevada Brewing, Chico, California

Victory at Sea Porter/Coffee&Vanilla Ballast Point Brewing, San Diego, California

Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 005, Firestone Walker Brewing Paso Robles, California

Dales Pale Ale, Oskar Blues Brewing, Longmont, Colorado

Citra Pale Ale, Upslope Brewing, Boulder, Colorado

Rebel Juiced IPA, Sam Adams Brewing, Boston, Massachusetts

Pacific Wonderland Lager, Deschutes Brewing, Bend, Oregon

Honey Kolsch, Rogue Brewing, Newport, Oregon

Citrus Mistress IPA, Hop Valley Brewing, Eugene, Oregon

Alpha Centuri Imperial IPA, Hop Valley Brewing, Eugene, Oregon

All Day IPA, Session Ale Founders Brewing, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Rubaeus Pure Raspberry Ale Founders, Brewing Grand Rapids, Michigan

Zip Beverage:

Toasted Lager Blue Point, Brewing Patchogue, New York

Hop Nosh IPA, Uinta Brewing, Salt Lake City, Utah

Lime Pilsner, Uinta Brewing, Salt Lake City, Utah

Shake A Day IPA, Big Sky Brewing, Missoula

Moose Drool Brown Ale, Big Sky Brewing, Missoula

Scotty Butte Wee Heavy, Missoula Brewing, Missoula

Devils Hump Red Ale, Missoula Brewing, Missoula

1891 Summer Ale, Red Lodge Brewing, Red Lodge

Bruno’s IPA, Red Lodge Brewing, Red Lodge

Anniversary IPA, Lewis & Clark Brewing, Helena

Denali Dry Hopped Prickly Pear, Lewis & Clark Brewing, Helena

Good Medicine Great Northern Brewing, Whitefish

Bucking Horse Pilsner, Great Northern Brewing Whitefish

Seasonal Selection, Harvest Moon Brewing, Belt

Cerveza De Oro Mexican Lager, The Front Brewing, Great Falls

Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale, Elysian Brewing, Seattle

Dayglow IPA, Elysian Brewing Seattle

Teton Range IPA, Grand Teton Brewing, Victor, Idaho

Hoplexity Pilsner, Grand Teton Brewing, Victor, Idaho

Ripper Pale Ale, Stone Brewing, Escondido, California

Irish Death, Iron Horse Brewing, Ellensburg, Washington

Finger Gun Session IPA, Iron Horse Brewing, Ellensburg, Washington

Apocalypse IPA, Ten Barrel Brewing, Bend, Oregon

Code 24 Pale Ale, Ten Barrel Brewing, Bend, Oregon

Summertime Kolsch, Goose Island Brewing, Chicago

Lemongrass Luau, Kona Brewing, Kona, Hawaii

Voodoo 8 Hop Pale Ale, New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, Colorado

Citradelic, New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, Colorado


Helles Bock, Lolo Peak, Lolo

3 Needles IPA, Lolo Peak, Lolo

TBA, Great Burn Brewing, Missoula

TBA, Great Burn Brewing, Missoula

Brickhouse Blonde Ale, Blacksmith Brewing, Stevensville

Cutthroat IPA, Blacksmith Brewing, Stevensvill

Lupujus IPA, Imagine Nation Brewing, Missoula

Georges Distributing:

Car Ramrod Imperial Pilsner, Meadowlark Brewing, Sidney

Teddy Roosevelt American Badass IPA, Meadowlark Brewing, Sidney

Yak Attack IPA, Cabinet Mountain Brewing, Libby

MacGinnis Mist Scotch Ale, Cabinet Mountain Brewing, Libby

Farmhouse Saison, Carters Brewing, Billings

Red Barron IRA, Lone Peak Brewing, Big Sky

Blackberry Sour, White Dog Brewing, Bozeman

Grapefruit Radler, Stiegl, Salzburg, Austria

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