Good times brewing at Maltfest

The Miles City Maltfest, a social event to benefit Miles City and Custer County, will be Saturday in Connors Stadium at the Denton Sports Complex.

“We’re excited to bring the second annual Maltfest to Miles City and we hope to continue to grow this community-enhancing event for many years to come,” said Terri Newby, a member of the Maltfest board. “The Maltfest is the brainchild of Jeff Williams, president of our board. We also have a multitude of local and area sponsors and volunteers who assist with the various activities.” 

Other board members are Stacy Klippenstein, Klista Roberts and Sydney Tharp. 

The Miles City Maltfest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group with its main aim being to improve the local social environment and give back to the community. Proceeds from the event are reinvested into the community with funds from this year’s event going to the new library at Jefferson Elementary School.

Activities begin with a Maltfest Trail Run, sponsored by the Miles City Rotary Club. Registration starts at 7 a.m. in the stadium with the 10K race participants leaving at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K/1 mile participants leaving at 8 a.m. A pre-registration is planned for Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Connors Stadium and race packets may be picked up at that time. More information about the run is available from Freddie Wambolt at (406) 853-5930. Racers may register online by credit card at

Maltfest activities get under way Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in Connors Stadium with attendees having the opportunity to sample a variety of beers from several area and regional breweries. Sampling will continue until 7:30 p.m. 

Ten breweries from Montana and Wyoming (one of which is partnering with a Colorado brewery) will have samples available for tasting throughout the afternoon and early evening. Participating breweries and the brews they are bringing are:

Beaver Creek Brewery of Wibaux: Castor Mexican Amber, O’Connor’s Cream Ale and Red Headed IPA. 

Black Tooth Brewing Co. of Sheridan, Wyo.: Saddle Bronc Brown, Bomber Mountain Amber, Hot Streak IPA and a mystery brew. 

Busted Knuckle Brewery of Glasgow: Hot Rod Jalapeno, Scoop Shovel Shandy, Roll Bar IPA and Black Nail Stout. 

The Front Brewing Company of Great Falls: Mountain Man Scotch Ale, High Country Hefewiezen, Honey Weiss and Pack Mule Porter. 

Harvest Moon Brewing Company of Belt: Pig’s Ass Porter, Belgian White, Charlie Russell Red and Broken Bale Ale.

Lewis & Clark Brewing Company of Helena: Miners Gold Hefeweizen, Prickly Pear Ale, Backcountry Scottish Ale and and Tumbleweed IPA.

Madison River Brewing Company of Belgrade: Salmon Fly Honey Rye, Copper John Scottish Ale, Lime Trude Saison and Parachute Pilsner.

Meadowlark Brewing of Sidney: Ole Gus Scotch Rye, Badlands Extra Pale, Peach Wheat and Teddy Roosevelt American Badass.

Red Lodge Ales of Red Lodge: Bent Nail IPA, Helio Hefeweizen, Glacier Ale Altbier and Jack’s 90 Scottish Ale.

Uberbrew of Billings, partnering with the Fort Collins Brewery in Colorado: The Heavy, Amora IPA, White Noise Hefeweizen and Watermelon Canuu.

Starting at 4:30 and ending around 6:30 p.m., local band members Jake Elwood and Grady Johnson from Buffalo Charlie and Gary Lehman, and Landa Uffleman of Exit 53, will provide music for entertainment.

From 4:30 to 8 p.m., Kangaroo Rentals will have three bounce houses available for children attending the


“There also will be a 50/50 drawing and a fundraiser with playing cards for a drawing for a cooler filled with 240 cans of beer,” added Newby. “Road Runner Catering of Miles City and Smokin’ Oakies of Edmond, Oklahoma also will have concession stands in the stadium.”

Just before the beverage tasting ends at 7 p.m., The Last Revel will open the evening’s concert and will play until around 8:30 p.m. According to a press release from the band, this trio of multi-instrumentalists from Minneapolis, Minn., blends the genres of folk, rockabilly, old-time string band and rock to create a sound that is as equally original as it is timeless.

The Last Revel trio utilizes its multi-instrumental abilities to bring the acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, five-string banjo, harmonica, kick drum and three-part vocal harmonies together to consistently deliver “bombastic live performances,” as well as delicate and haunting folk ballads. 

Members of the ensemble are Ryan Acker, vocals, five-string banjo, acoustic guitar and upright bass; Lee Henke, vocals, acoustic guitar, five-string banjo, drums, harmonica and upright bass; and Vincenzio Donatelle, vocals, upright bass and fiddle. For more information about the group visit

At 9 p.m., Jason Boland & The Stragglers will take the stage to entertain the audience with their mix of honky tonk, outlaw and contemporary country music until around 10:30 p.m. The Maltfest will wrap up shortly after the concert is finished.

The “red dirt” sound of Jason Boland & The Stragglers comes from Texas and Oklahoma. Boland and his band are originally from Oklahoma, but moved to Texas. Even though “red dirt” might be a good fit for the band, the members insist on their being a honky tonk group from country and western tradition.

According to a press release about the group, Boland played with Pearl Snaps in 1999 and teamed with Lloyd Maines (who Boland identifies as one of several influences on his vision). The Stragglers built a following from the Texas Panhandle to the Gulf Coast. Over the years, the band has teamed with kindred spirits ranging from Billy Joe Shaver to Dwight Yoakam to create their body of work.

Members of the group are Brad Rice, drums; Grant Tracy, bass guitar; Jason Boland, lead vocals and guitar; Nick Worley, fiddle; and Cody Angel, lead guitar, pedal steel and dobro.

Tickets for the Maltfest and concert cost $35 in advance and are available at the Miles City Area Chamber of Commerce Office, 511 Pleasant St. or online at with pre-sales ending Friday at 3 p.m. Children age 12 and under will be admitted free. Maltfest and concert tickets also are available at the gate for a slightly higher price — $40. Included in the price of each ticket are the beer samplings with a complimentary commemorative glass and the concert. 

“We invite everyone to come out, have a great time and drink responsibly,” said Newby.

Badlands Taxi cab company will have vehicles available for those who need them by calling 234-1414.