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Bacon 'n' Beer Breakfast


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What you're doing: Breakfast at Draught Works means not waiting until afternoon to sip on some brewskis. Finally. From 10 a.m. to noon on April 27 you can indulge in breakfast foods and a weird, magical assortment of breakfast-inspired beers. The event kicks off Missoula Craft Beer Week, which concludes May 5.

What you're drinking: The brewers have transformed several of their regular beers into breakfast delights. The Grinder Coffee Stout becomes a cask-conditioned latte beer. The Scepterhead IPA turns into a bloody beer with all the accoutrements of a bloody mary. The cream ale transforms to strawberry crepe, the Shadowcaster Amber Ale into cinnamon raisin and the Hefeweisen into a mimosa. "This is a great opportunity for us to experiment," says marketing manager Ana Pederson. Real coffee from Black Coffee Roasting Company is also available in bottomless portions.

What you're eating: To go with the theme, Baker's Dozen has made piles of maple donuts adorned with large strips of bacon. You can also get biscuits and gravy courtesy of Burns Street Bistro, plus all-you-can-eat sausage and bacon just in case your meat levels dip too low.

  • photo courtesy of Draught Works

How to make it happen: This is the second year for Bacon 'n' Beer Breakfast, and last year's event sold out fast. Tickets are $35 in advance at Draught Works (406-541-1592). It includes gratuity and gets you food and four breakfast beers of your choice, plus a commemorative mug. Eats are only served until noon, when the brewery opens back up to the public, but if you don't want to drink all your beers at once, you can come back any time during the day to cash in on the beverages.

How to get there: Draught Works, 915 Toole Ave., near Summer Sun Brew Supply. Learn more about Missoula Craft Beer Week at

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