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Bitterroot Brewfest new location, times, payment and free shuttles July 31
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Bitterroot Brewfest new location, times, payment and free shuttles July 31

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The Bitterroot Brewfest by the Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce has new hours, a different location, free shuttle rides and one payment for the entire evening.

This year the Bitterroot Brewfest will be held on the grounds of the Daly Mansion from 1–8 p.m. Saturday, July 31.

Chamber Director Al Mitchell said the changes benefit both nonprofits for a memorable event.

“Everybody should come, we’re going to have fun,” he said. “We’re going to have 26 acres to spread out on. We’ve had our year of Covid and now it is time to celebrate and have a party at ‘Bitterroot’s Best Outdoor Party.’”

The Bitterroot Brewfest will cost the all-inclusive price of $35 paid only at the registration tent on the day of the event.

Bring your identification.

“You buy your mug at the event and you don’t have to buy extra tickets after that,” Mitchell said. “It’s just a one-cost, all-day pass with unlimited tastes. It is going to be easier and we won’t have to pick up tickets off the ground. Once you have your glass and your wrist band, you’re good to go.”

Six local brewers will have their own tents, and two distributors, Summit and Zips, will be pouring out of their refrigerated trucks. There will be over 40 flavors of beer.

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“Instead of all being under one tent it will be spread out on the grounds a little bit,” Mitchell said. “It will all be close to the music.”

The opening act will be the Andrea Harsell Duo. Then is “The Quick & Easy Boys,” a power trio out of Portland, who create their own blend of rock and roll.

There will be seven to 10 food booths offering a variety of foods from Mexican, Vikings, wood-fired pizza, classic burgers and fries to vegetarian options and possibly Cajun. The food trucks will serve from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Hamilton Mayor Dominic Farrenkopf will have his dunk tank at the Brewfest, raising money for a new fire hall, the chamber and the Daly Mansion.

The Bitterroot Brewfest will overlap the Daly Days celebration at the Daly Mansion by a couple of hours.

“Their event goes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and ours is 1 to 8 p.m.,” Mitchell said. “We usually serve 2,300 people but have 3,000 people in attendance. You can get on the grounds and just listen to music without having to purchase a beer. It doesn’t cost to do that.”

The chamber is offering free shuttle rides from 4-9 p.m. every half hour to and from the city parking lot north of the post office, Hamilton High School and the Daly Mansion, as close to the half-hour as possible.

Mitchell recalled the history of the Brewfest.

“It was started in 1995 by Dale Barry, then president of the BVCC,” Mitchell said. “He heard about a Brewfest in Portland and thought it sounded like a good time to open a few kegs of beer and make a little money for the chamber.”

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