Bakken Brew Fest

The story of the Bakken Brew Fest

"You can't buy happiness but you can buy tickets to the Bakken Brew Fest and that's kind of the same thing."
- Alicia Haralson, via Facebook



Since its inaugural year, The Bakken Brew Fest has been bringing local and regional brews, entertainment, and fun to Eastern Montana.

The Brew Fest was conceptualized in late 2011 by then-Chamber President David Seitz and Vice President Cami Skinner as a means to capitalize on the growing interest in craft brewing in Montana and bring a new event to the community, while also raising funds for the Chamber.  A committee consisting of David and Cami from the Chamber Board, community volunteers, Jodie Leland, David Branson, Stacy Brunsvold, and Joe Bradley, and then-Chamber staff Wade VanEvery and LaVanchie Starkey met weekly to bring the event to fruition in 90 days…yes, 90 days!  As the first event of its kind in Eastern Montana and Western North Dakota, the Bakken Brew Fest was unveiled at the 2012 Chamber Banquet.

Five hundred tickets were sold and the event featured approximately 35 micro brews from 19 breweries.  The inaugural event debuted Bayern Brewing’s Bakken Bock, a dark doppelbock crafted in tribute to the MonDak region and the Bakken oil resources, and music by The Clintons.  A gift of $5,000 was donated from the Brew Fest’s proceeds to the Sherry Arnold Scholarship Fund.

The brew fest would not have happened without the dedication and vision of the committee and partnerships with Blue Rock, Elk River, Ranger Lounge, and Richland County Fair and Event Center.    



Join us for this year's event

On Saturday September 4, the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture hosts the tenth annual Bakken Brew Fest at the Richland County Fair Event Center. Drawing crowds from across Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, and beyond, the Bakken Brew Fest is looked forward to by many each year.

Bakken Brew Fest features an assortment of regional microbrews, wines, ciders, food specialties, and live music, drawing drinking age attendees from across Montana, western North Dakota, and southern Saskatchewan to an exciting evening featuring unique beverages, activities, and conversations with regional brewers.

This year’s tasting event features over 20 of the best microbrews, wines, and ciders from Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, and beyond, live music by Mighty Big Jim, and food trucks including: Jer Bears Sno Shack, Jeab's Thai Food, Baby K's Bar-B-Q and Coast to Coast . Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages are also available.

Get more from your Brew Fest experience with a VIP ticket for just $50! These tickets are limited to ensure a full immersive experience in the best Brew Fest in the Bakken! VIP ticket holders enjoy:

  • Early entry to the event with ample time to socialize with brewers and other attendees
  • First taste of all Brew Fest samples – no worry about missing a brew!
  • Entry to win a 52-quart BBF Coleman cooler packed with Brew Fest samples and swag
  • VIP-exclusive premium brew samples
  • Custom Brew Fest Glass..filled to the brim with our signature "boozy ice cream"
  • VIP-exclusive Growler

CLICK HERE to purchase your 2021 Bakken Brew Fest Tickets! 

Must be 21+ to attend | Have a good time but please don’t drink and drive. 


About the Band

Mighty Big Jim (MBJ) first took the stage together in 2013 and have been working ever since. Heavily influenced by Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, The Allman Brothers and The Band, this roots rock n roll band jams many originals and covers.  Veteran singer/songwriter Jim Devine fronts the band with Casey Malkuch on lead guitar and vocals, Jon Redlin on bass and vocals, John Cross on lead guitar and vocals, and Ben Sportsman on drums.  MBJ released their self titled debut album in 2017 with the follow up Diamonds and Tears in 2019.

About the Chamber

A non-profit membership organization, the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture manages a fiscally responsible budget that balances membership dues and fundraising with a mission to provide leadership by fostering a progressive economic environment in support and promotion of our business and agriculture community. 

Throughout the year, the Chamber hosts multiple events designed to promote and attract people to our member businesses. The Sidney Chamber serves as a central location for welcoming new businesses, visitors, families, and individuals to our area. The funds generated from this event go toward underwriting future Chamber events and promoting the area and its businesses.