The 19th annual Micro-Brew Review and Cool Dog Ball will be held Friday, Jan. 25, at the Helena Civic Center Ballroom from 6 to 11:30 p.m. featuring Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble.

The Micro-Brew Review and Cool Dog Ball is the largest fundraiser benefiting the Race to the Sky, a 350-mile sled dog race to be held Feb. 8 to 13.

The Race to the Sky celebrates its 28th anniversary as mushers and their teams will compete in this prestigious race along Montana’s majestic Continental Divide.

The Micro-Brew Review, 6 to 11:30 p.m., will feature 34 of the finest micro beers from Montana and the Northwest. Montana breweries participating in the Brew Review include Blackfoot River Brewing and Lewis and Clark Brewery of Helena, Big Sky and Bayern Brewing of Missoula, Bitterroot Brewing of Hamilton and Harvest Moon of Belt. New Montana breweries making their first appearance will be Front Brewery and Bowsers Brewery out of Great Falls as well as Ninkasi of Eugene, Ore., and Goose Island of Chicago. In addition to the micro-beers there will be wine, nonalcoholic beverages and a variety of entrees and appetizers available for purchase from Bert and Ernie’s and Chili O’Brien’s catering.

Advance tickets are limited to the first 1,500 participants and are available at Bert and Ernie’s, Topper’s Cellar, The Overland Express, Staggering Ox and both Man Stores. Advance tickets are $18 and everyone must be 21 or older to attend and be able to present a valid picture ID.

Any remaining tickets, if available, will be sold at the door for $20, plus each ticket holder will receive a commemorative Cool Dog glass. Cool Dog is the handsome sunglasses-wearing Siberian husky who is the official mascot for the Race to the Sky.

At 8:30 p.m., Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble will start melting those wintertime blues away with their high-energy performance. Taylor was born and raised in Louisiana and has been around music all of his life.

For more information on the Micro-Brew Review and Cool Dog Ball, like it on Facebook or call 431-7421. For more information and schedule of events on the Race to the Sky Sled Dog Race, visit

There is free parking in the Great Northern Garage for the event. Patrons are encouraged to park in the garage.

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