Annual brew fest to hop to a new location downtown

Samantha Hill

It just keeps getting bigger as Tap Into Montana reaches its third year in Livingston with a new location and more breweries.

Tap Into Montana Brewfest  is a festival with around 30 breweries in the state on Saturday, April 8 to raise money for Vision Livingston, an association that promotes economic development in Livingston.

The last two years the event has been at the Park County Fairgrounds, but Katabatic Brewing Co-Owner LaNette Jones said event goers completely filled the space last year with 650 attendees.

“That is the biggest space in town,” Jones said.

In order to bring in as many people as possible and be more a part of town, the group from Vision decided to move the event into a tent in the Livingston Depot Park and parking lot.

Originally she said she wanted the tent to be located downtown but realized with Livingston’s supposed wind problem, that would pose challenges.

The tent will be able to hold the possible 800 to 1,000 people expected to attend this year and for many years into the future, Smith said.

As it is every year, businesses around town will be hosting various events starting Sunday and ending the next Sunday, April 9.

Events include daily beer-themed movies at the Buckhorn, restaurants with beer pairing menus and other sudsy local events.

One of the newest events of the year includes the Creak to Peak Adult Soap Box Derby happening earlier than the brew fest.

Creek to Peak owner Frank Gazella Jr. said he wanted to do a unique event that no one else was doing to promote the brand of outdoor clothing and accessories.

“We are definitely the only ones doing it in the state,” Gazella said.

He said there are five teams sponsored by local businesses participating in the event.

Gazella said the vehicles used in the competition must weigh under 300 pounds and the teams must spend less than $1,000 to make it, but he added that the cars can be as tall as they want.

The derby will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 8 at Meyer’s Lane.

Tap Into Montana will be from 2 to 7 p.m. VIP tickets which includes exclusive access to rare beers, a pint glass and a VIP area, are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

Regular tickets that come with a tasting glass are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

To purchase tickets or look at the full calendar of Beer week events, visit