Helena Ales for Trails strives to contribute to the community of Helena by raising funds for the Helena Trail System. 2019’s festival raised over $17,000 for the following local trail projects: the construction of the newly renovated Park City Trailhead, at the top of the Ridgeline Trail; the Helena Trail Rider, Helena’s free community bike shuttle. The Forest Service and the City of Helena Parks and Recreation are leading the charge on the trailhead construction.  


The event is led by a consortium of community leaders from a variety of sectors.  We’re proud to partner with local businesses, city and county government, and private citizens to host and sponsor Helena Ales for Trails.  In addition to the myriad of people involved in planning, Helena Ales for Trails utilizes over 150 volunteers on the day of the event. Over the first 9 years we’ve raised over $117,000 for local trails, all which was distributed to Friends of Centennial Trail (Centennial Trail Project), Prickly Pear Land Trust (Peaks to Creek Project), Helena Parks and Recreation (Ascension Downhill Project & Park City Trailhead), and the Forest Service (Park City Trailhead) .


Keeping it Downtown:

This year’s event will happen in Pioneer Park (located next to Lewis & Clark Library at the far southern end of the walking mall). 


Date & Time:

The 10th Annual Helena Ales for Trails is scheduled for Friday, May 15th from 3:30 to 9:00pm.  (Please note that 3:30pm to 5:00pm is reserved for the VIP pre-event, while the main event experience is from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.)  


VIP Pre Event: $40 – $50

Every year we strive to turn Helena Ales for Trails more and more toward a unique tasting experience. We invite breweries who share the vision of a beer tasting event that showcases limited production, small batch, hard to find, special reserve, artisan, experimental, barrel-aged, sour and other unique craft beers.  While we recognize the place of flagship beers, we hope to showcase breweries who welcome the chance to “bring us their weird!” VIP is your best chance to experience the wide variety of beer showcased at Helena Ales for Trails.

To further enhance the VIP Event we limit the experience to 300 VIP participants (which includes event sponsors and brewers). VIP starts promptly at 3:30pm. At that time, participants can enjoy an unlimited number of beer tastings while interacting with brewers and snacking on complimentary appetizers prepared by Marci Andersen and the Wassweiler Dinner House and Pub. VIP ticket sales are limited to 200 tickets, with the first 100 tickets selling for $40 and the second 100 tickets selling for $50. VIP tickets will only be available online via Eventbrite, starting at 9.00am (MST) on April 1st. In addition to the opportunity to taste up to 60 beverages, VIP tickets include a custom printed 2019 Helena Ales for Trails 13.5oz Rastal Lawrence glass and 1 token that can be used for a 6oz. pour at the end of the VIP experience (5pm). The VIP Ticket also buys entrance into the main event, which includes additional 6 oz beer tastings for $1.


* VIP has a history of selling out in April.


Participating Breweries

This year we will be featuring a total of 18 breweries, 1 winery and 2 cideries. Back for 2019: Blackfoot River (Helena), Ten Mile (Helena), Lewis & Clark (Helena), Crooked Furrow (Helena), Snowhop (Helena), Draughtworks (Missoula), Blacksmith (Stevensville), Homestead (Eureka), Carter’s (Billings), MAP (Bozeman), 2Basset (White Sulphur Springs), Cabinet Mountain (Libby), Montana Cider Works (Sula, MT), Flathead Lake (Lakeside), Smelter City (Anaconda) and Sean Minor.  New for 2019? We’re working on that now and will update this as we progress. 


Main Event Tickets: $15 – $25

Main Event tickets go on sale April 8th. They are available at your local Helena breweries for $15, while tickets last. Tickets are also available online at Eventbrite for $25. Tickets will be available at the gate the day of the event, if any remain. Each ticket includes a custom printed 16 oz 2019 Helena Ales for Trails glass along with 3 tokens which can be redeemed for three (3) 6 oz. pours.   


All ticketed attendees will also have the opportunity to buy additional 6 oz. pours at $1 each or 12 oz. pours for $2.  


For more information find Helena Ales for Trails on Facebook or email Hannah at hannah@narratechurch.org.