Best brews of summer 2018 announced at Lander Brewfest
People came out in record numbers for the 16th annual Fremont Toyota Lander Brewfest this past weekend. An estimated over 2,700 people came out over the two-day event in City Park. The event pulled people from around the region, and far away states as well.
“Not only did the festival experience record numbers,” said Brian Fabel, Executive Director of the Lander Chamber of Commerce. “But the whole town felt the positive impact of the event. Hotels, stores and restaurants all had a very busy weekend.”
“Attendees were invited to try samples from over 30 breweries and 70 different beers at the Lander Brewfest” Photos h/t A. Smiley
The event, which was open to all ages, drew folks from around the region. Many traveled to Lander for the weekend, and to partake in the Brewfest. “This event continues to grow every year,” said Dot Newton, Events Coordinator of the festival. “We are starting to see more and more folks come to town just to experience Lander and the event. The combination of great regional breweries, along with bands from across the nation, is such a draw,” Newton added.
In addition to the sampling available to attendees, brewers were invited to enter a beer into a judged competition. The panel of four judges sample the entries and judge them according to the declared style. Attendees were also invited to vote for their favorite brewery, in a category called, People’s Choice.
The Lander Brewfest People’s Choice paddle went to White Dog Brewing Company of Bozeman, MT. This is their third win in a row.
As for the expert Judges, they utilized the Brewer’s Association style guidelines to select this year’s winners:
Grand Champion & First Place Winner
Bohemian Brewing Company
Second Place Winner
Melvin Brewing Company
Third Place Winner
Luminous Brewing Company
Thanks to amateur taste testers (attendees) and expert judges, we have a great list of 2018 beers from the region to seek out this Summer.
Over 50 volunteers helped run the festival. “Volunteers are key,” said Newton. “These are folks who want to contribute to our community and the event. They helped in every aspect of this successful weekend. The Brewfest is also supported by over 20 business in the area. We encourage folks to return this investment by shopping locally and being a patron of local businesses.”
Upcoming events put on by the Lander Chamber of Commerce, include summer concert series, Lander LIVE. Stay tuned on County 10 for schedule.