Beer Maven: Montana’s first-ever beer event series celebrating women and beer

BOZEMAN —  Fermentana will kickoff Beer Maven, Montana’s first-ever female-only beer event series celebrating women and beer this coming January. Beer Maven will offer women the opportunity to expand and develop their beer knowledge through a variety of exciting beer tastings, unique food pairings, and fun, educational discussions with guest industry speakers at local community establishments.

Beer Maven FB Event Image-01.pngBeer Maven is unique because it brings light to a growing segment of Montana’s beer-loving populace – women. According to the Brewers Association, women currently represent slightly more than half of all beer drinkers. Of that number, approximately 25% of those female drinkers choose craft beer. Through Beer Maven, Fermentana seeks to grow their fellow females’ appreciation for craft beer by bringing women of varying palettes, diverse beer style preferences, and multiple fermented interests together to learn and experience beer in new and interesting ways.

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246606_214266691929825_8269956_n.jpgThe inaugural event series will be held at varying locations around Bozeman, MT during the months of January, February, and March. The first event in the series occurs on January 23rd, 2018 from 6-8pm at Bozeman Brewing Company in Bozeman, MT. Attendees will be treated to a sensory analysis training with Fermentana co-founder and certified beer judge, Loy Maierhauser, during a tasting of a series of beer styles. The evening will also include a tour of the brewing facility.

MAPlogo.jpgSecond in the series, women will have the opportunity to again learn from Maierhauser, as well as other industry experts, about the complex flavors and aromas hops impart to beer via a tasting event at MAP Brewing Co. on February 20th. An exclusive beer brewed especially for Beer Maven will also be released and available for attendees to sample. Light snacks and plenty of time for mingling and discussion will also be included in both events.

224342_165054376888044_6893997_n.jpgBeer Maven will finish the last leg of its tour with a Sour Beer Pairing Dinner hosted by Montana Ale Works on March 27th. A special hand picked collection of beers featuring a spectrum of sour flavors will be paired with creative savory, spicy, and sweet small-plate dishes prepared by Ale Works’ master chefs. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit Haven, a Bozeman-based nonprofit which offers support to women and families affected by domestic violence.

Individual tickets for each event in the series (limited to 45 people each) will be offered to beer drinkers at a price of $30 each for the first two events and $40 for the beer pairing dinner. Tickets include entrance to the event, beer samplers, and light snacks, or, in the case of the beer pairing dinner, small plated foods. A special Beer Maven Pass, which includes entrance to all three events, is also available for $90 each.

“Whether you’re a woman who already loves beer or are just getting started, Beer Maven offers something for every female drinker,” says Fermentana co-founder, Jesse Bussard. “These events give women a chance to build their beer knowledge, discover new beers, meet like-minded women, and in general, feel more confident about their future beer decisions. Through Beer Maven, we hope to educate more women about beer and continue to build the community of female beer drinkers one pint at a time!”

Complete event details and tickets are available for purchase online at

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About the Organizers: 

Fermentana is a fermentation-focused events promotions company whose mission is to develop and grow Montana’s local communities through events which intrigue, engage, and excite fermentation enthusiasts. For more information about Fermentana, please email or visit our website at

Media Contact: Jesse Bussard, Co-Founder • 814-599-5854 •

Fermentana Co-Founder / Homebrewer / Fermentation Revivalist
LOY MAIERHAUSER Fermentana Co-Founder / Brewster / Pint Night Ninja


Photos supplied by Fermentana.


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