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Black Star Beer Barter Heats Up Whitefish, Montana

Black Star Beer Barter Heats Up Whitefish, Montana
Skaters, Dare Devils and Local Talent Compete for a Year’s Supply of Beer

WHITEFISH, MONT. – [February 4, 2012] – The second annual Black Star Beer Barter held outside the Great Northern Brewery was an event that the town of Whitefish, Montana may never forget. Contestants traveled in from as far as the South Pacific and Portland, Oregon to compete for their chance at a year’s supply of Black Star beer. It was clear from the start that this year’s contestants were serious about winning the fifty-two cases of Montana’s finest golden lager.

Over a thousand spectators raised their 32 ounce tin mugs of cold Black Star as the Whitefish Winter Carnival’s infamous Royal Court blessed the Barter. Shortly after, parting a sea of curious onlookers, Parker Beeson had his vintage 1970 Volkswagon dubbed “the ultimate party bus” towed through the unsuspecting crowd.

Local skateboarding fans were stoked to see Al Partanen and David Gravette hop on stage as The Black Star Barrel Barneys. The two pro skaters barrel jumped and back flipped over kegs of Black Star beer.

Other highlights included the Working Women of Whitefish who rode in on donkeys as “hot pieces of ass,” a glass eating-beer chugging phenomenon, and local favorite, the Naked Noodle, who bartered a year’s supply of their delicious macaroni & cheese.

The entry that blew the crowd away, and the last thing the judges were expecting to see, was none other than a fire dancer from the Cook Islands. On this frigid night in Northwest Montana, the tanned and shirtless Troy Nooroa heated up the stage, dangerously swinging two fiery batons around his head and body.

The 2012 Black Star Barter judging panel included celebrated pro skiers Andy Mahre and Lynsey Dyer, Whitefish Mountain Resort snow reporter “Big” David Erickson, Tony Herbert, Executive Director of the Montana Brewers Association, and Marcus Duffey, General Manager of the Great Northern Brewing Company. After much deliberation, there was an unexpected outcome, a three-way tie between Beeson’s “Ultimate Party Bus,” Nooroa’s fire dancing, and pro skateboarder’s Partanen and Gravette’s beer stunts.

“We were completely blown away by the level of talent and creativity at this year’s Barter,” said Duffey. “We felt that several contestants truly bartered what was worth a year’s supply of Black Star beer, so we had to do it,” said Duffey.

And if three winners weren’t enough to shock the crowd, the judging panel announced the one submission that stole their hearts, Peggy Miller, a nine-year breast cancer survivor who gave an emotional presentation pledging to walk fifty-two laps in the upcoming Relay for Life. In lieu of a year’s supply of beer, Black Star will donate $5,000 to the American Cancer Society on her behalf.

“I whole heartedly raise my glass to this year’s Barter,” said Minott Wessinger, founder of Black Star. “It was by far an amazing celebration of the talent of Whitefish and the spirit of Black Star beer.”

About Black Star Beer
Black Star ( is a Double Hopped Golden Lager first brewed at the Great Northern Brewing Company in Whitefish, Montana in 1995. Black Star was created by Minott Wessinger, a fifth generation brewer and great-great grandson of West Coast brewing pioneer Henry Weinhard. Hopped first in the kettle and then again before finishing, Black Star is a refreshing beer with lots of taste. To find Black Star near you visit Black Star’s Beer Locator – For more information visit /

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, the beers are made in the tradition of artisan brewing with one of the most sophisticated brew houses for its size in the entire country. Learn more about other beers from Great Northern Brewing Company

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