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January 11, 2011 10:05 ET

Black Star Beer Hosts Beer Barter During Whitefish Winter Carnival

Small Beer From Montana Challenges Contestants to Try and Win a Year's Supply of Black Star Beer

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - January 11, 2011) - On Saturday, February 5th, 2011 Black Star Beer (, the double hopped golden lager from the Great Northern Brewing Company in Whitefish, Montana, will host The Black Star Barter. The Barter is officially an exciting new addition to this year's 52nd annual Whitefish Winter Carnival, held February 4-6, 2011.

 Black Star Beer is asking their consumers and fans to get creative in answering the question: What would you do or trade for a year's supply of Black Star Beer? They are looking for contestants to barter their most over-the-top, outrageous submissions, and share their fantastic creations to try and win a year's supply -- 52 cases -- of the crisp, refreshing, double hopped golden lager.

To participate, contestants must show up with their barter submission at the Great Northern Brewing Company ( on February 5, 2011 at 11:00am MST. The Black Star Barter ( will begin promptly at 1:00pm MST and end at 3:00pm MST. Contestants will be given an entry number and will be asked to present their barter entry to a colorful panel of judges. The judges will rank all barter submissions based on creativity, awesomeness, thoughtfulness, and enthusiasm. One lucky contestant will win a year's supply of Black Star Beer.

Minott Wessinger, founder of Black Star, is excited to be bringing back the Beer Barter to the town of Whitefish. "We hosted the event in the year 2000 and it was a huge hit with the community," says Minott. "We hope to see and welcome many off-the-wall entries."

Every year in Whitefish, Montana the Flathead Valley celebrates the Whitefish Winter Carnival based on the lore and history of Ullr, the God of Snow. Ross Strauser, Chairman of the Whitefish Winter Carnival Committee, says he and the rest of the board are "excited to add The Black Star Barter to the official schedule of events. The Barter is a perfect complement to the fun and outlandish events that take place over Winter Carnival Weekend."

Large crowds are expected, so spectators are encouraged to come early to enjoy the brewery and beer garden.

Ongoing events will take place throughout the weekend including the Penguin Plunge and Winter Carnival Parade. In addition, everyone is invited to the 16th Anniversary party of the Great Northern Brewing Company that night, February 5th, from 7pm until 9pm.

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About Black Star Beer
In 1994, Minott Wessinger, 5th generation brewer, chose to build a brewery in Whitefish, MT. He saw it as a fantastic place to create exceptional beer. Black Star ( is a double hopped golden lager. By hopping our beer in the kettle, and then again before finishing, Black Star opens up with a distinctive hoppy aroma and a rich, full bodied flavor. All this while remaining remarkably crisp, light and refreshing.

About the Great Northern Brewing Company
The Great Northern Brewery ( located in Whitefish, Montana, was designed by world renowned architect Joe Escherick in 1994. The brewery offers the finest quality ales and lagers in a variety of year-round and seasonal styles. Through the use of a traditional "Gravity Flow" arrangement, our beers are made in the tradition of artisan brewing with one of the most sophisticated brew houses for its size in the entire country.

About the Whitefish Winter Carnival
The 52nd Annual Whitefish Winter Carnival ( will take place February 4-6, 2011. When February flakes fly in the village of Whitefish, Montana the town gathers to celebrate a unique tradition of fun, frivolity and friendship known as Whitefish Winter Carnival.

For a list the Winter Carnival Schedule of Events --

Additional Black Star Beer events in 2011
Black Star Beer and The Great Northern Brewery are proud sponsors of the 8th Annual Ski-Joring Competition (, held the weekend of January 29-30, 2011 in Whitefish, Montana. Ski-Joring is a sport that combines an interesting mix of two of Montana's favorites: horses and skiing. The 2011 Ski-Joring Competition will feature another exciting combination of horses, riders, and skiers mixed with speed, jumps, and of course, snow (and don't forget beer!) The event takes place at the Whitefish Airport from 12-4 p.m.

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