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Published on: March 24, 2015

My name is Nathan Amaral. I am a Montana local raising my family of four here in the beautiful Flathead Valley. I want to talk to you about the Kalispell Beer and Wine Open, a benefit for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Montana (Kalispell and Missoula). This is a great opportunity to be a part of an event that promotes local, state, regional and country wide business as well as local charities. The Kalispell Beer and Wine Open will have many different opportunities for both the public and businesses to get involved. We are teaming up not only with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Montana but Kalispell Chamber of Commerce as well as the Visitors and Convention Bureau.

The Ronald McDonald House has a Family Room in the local hospital for families in need of a place to rest and relax while a child of theirs receives the care they desperately needs. The Ronald McDonald House of Missoula is celebrating its 10th Anniversary, and 25% of the families who have stayed there came from the Flathead Valley. The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Montana is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.

Guiding us in our mission are our core values:

  • Focusing on the critical needs of children.
  • Celebrating the diversity of the programs we offer and the staff, volunteers and donors who make them possible.
  • Staying true to our heritage of 32 years of responsible stewardship.
  • Operating with accountability and transparency.

The Kalispell Beer and Wine Open will be focusing on education, community service and healthy competition. Educational seminars both on and off site have been arranged for topics such as:

  • Former Barrel Master for Deschutes Brewing Company and current Brewer for Flathead Brewing Company will be speaking on barrel aging and sour beers.
  • James Mitchell from Angry Orchard will lead a cider discussion.
  • Brian Anderson of Bigfork’s Whistling Andy Distillery will lead a panel on craft distilling and cocktails.
  • Master Mixologist and owner of Bitter Cube, Nick Kosevich will be discussing craft cocktails and bitters.

These are a few examples of the twelve to fifteen educational seminars available to attendees. Local restaurants, breweries and taverns will be offering specials supporting local charities of their choice and promoting the event. Open house style tours of breweries and production facilities will also be offered. This event is a festival of ideas and techniques surrounding the booming industry of craft brewing. To support and encourage the people that support the industry we are having a home brewing competition sponsored by Flathead Lake Brewing Company. The winner of that competition will be rewarded with the opportunity of brewing their winning recipe alongside the brewer at Flathead Lake Brewing Company. We are encouraging people from all around the state and across our borders to come out and showcase their finely tuned crafts. This will allow people who are interested in pursuing the next step to come out and learn from successful and up and coming brewers. We have some of the biggest names in the industry climbing on board to support both their businesses, customers, fellow competitors and most importantly the community.

This festival will become a beacon for all those eager young brewers, wine makers as well as industry professionals to look forward to every year for the opportunity to display what they know, have learned and can teach to others. We are confident that the Kalispell Beer and Wine Open will continue to gain both recognition and momentum each and every year with community support.

Here is where your chance to get involved comes in to play. We are offering businesses and groups and individuals tiered sponsorship packages dependent on your tax deductible* charitable donation. The exposure is quite endless when the glasses are real glass that people will keep for years in there house and t-shirts they will wear for at least a year until we see them again next year. The event will be supporting and being supported and promoted by the “Ronald McDonald House”. They have promised to help out in any way possible including using their extensive network across many states to help get the message out for this event. We are very excited to be supporting them both financially and publicly. It will be a pleasure to work with you this year and every year to help bring this Kalispell Beer and Wine Open to fruition.


With Regards,

Nathan Amaral – Chairman Kalispell Beer and Wine Open


Sorry for the Silence

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Published on: December 14, 2014

As some of you know, this month has been very busy.

I had major eye surgery, and the world headquarters for the Home Brewing News is moving to Texas.

I do have a recipe for spent beer grain dog biscuits I intend to post before we actually move.

In the meantime, happy homebrewing!



Starting Your Own Brewery

It is the dream of almost every homebrewer I know: Saying goodbye to corporate America or that dead-end job and starting your own brewery. The biggest source of brewers of craft beer is the hobby homebrewer becoming a professional.


This was the feature article in the August/September issue of the Rocky Mountain Brewing News, but most people don’t see that publication, so here it is!

So Much Happening!

As you know, I have been researching and writing my latest book, “A TUN OF TALES:  Beers, Brewers and Other Stories.”

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All has been going well, and I have been getting close to getting Kickstarter up and off the ground for funding.  Watch for the link!

In the meantime, I am adding some of the artwork on the site that will be offered with the Kickstarter package.

Here is a link to the art being offered!

Judging at the State Fair

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Published on: September 13, 2014

I forgot to add this little tidbit to my postings.

Yours truly was involved with judging the Colorado State Fair!

I personally rated 48 beers in 2 days.  We had over 350 homebrews and over 250 commercial beers to judge.

Talk about palette fatigue!

Click to read the article!

Just a Small Tid-Bit

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Published on: July 13, 2014

A little tidbit from my book from a chapter called BEER, THE HISTORY AND CHRONOLOGY:

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Now moving the click forward again to around 1760 BC. Now we find the first standards of brewing being written in the form of the “Code of Hammurbi.” The ancient King Hammurbi, the 6th king of ancient Mesopotamia, actually set the first written and standardized laws into place. The code itself contained some 282 rules covering everything from divorce, to a basic moral code and prescribed punishments, to food preparation and serving. Among those laws were brewing standards and practices as well as basic rules to live by.

Kind of a side note, one of the laws, number 109, clearly states, “If conspirators meet in the house of a tavern-keeper, and these conspirators are not captured and delivered to the court, the tavern-keeper shall be put to death.” I doubt any insurrections were being planned in the local pubs of the day!


4th of July Brewsletter Edition!

“The new Brewsletter is here!”

Yes, the 4th of July Edition is here for your entertainment!

Please hit the logo below or THIS LINK to read.

As always, thank you for your support!

Click to Read Brewsletter!
Click to Read Brewsletter!

Book Preview

A fun thing about writing a book of stories is this: You get to learn a bit about history and historical people.

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Click to Read Story!

As a bit of a teaser, I am posting a story from my upcoming book titled “A TUN OF TALES – Beers, Brewers and Other Stories.”

Please enjoy and email me [] and tell me what you think!

HERE IS THE ARTICLE LINK or click on the book cover above.

GET HEALTHY ! Drink Beer!

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Published on: June 11, 2014

There is an old saying: “If it tastes good, it is probably bad for you.”

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So beer must ultimately be bad for you because it is so good, right?

WRONG!  There are so many things about beer, besides a great variety of flavors (more than wine).  One of them is that beer is actually healthy for you!

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Great Prices on Corny Kegs

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Published on: April 22, 2014

One of my suppliers has a great deal on Corny Kegs, 4 kegs for $125!

Hit THIS LINK or photo to purchase! Note:These are 3 gallon kegs.

4 Corny Kegs for $125!
4 Corny Kegs for $125!
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