Roller derby and beer – each excellent in their own right. Made even better when they work together.
For a second year in a row, 406 Brewing Company owner and brewmaster Matt Muth has created a roller derby inspired, limited-edition craft brew in support of the Gallatin Roller Girlz, the greater Bozeman and Big Sky area’s roller derby league.
Femme FatAle, a Biere de Garde Fat Ale, will be available starting in early December on tap at 406. The beer is big and bold, following in the footsteps of its predecessor Amber Waves of Pain. Femme FatAle is a strong pale ale, a ‘beer to keep’, traditionally brewed in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France. Brewed as a double batch, Femme FatAle will be available in the tasting room and for growler refill until it is tapped out. Gallatin Roller Girlz will stock a selection of Femme FatAle and Amber Waves of Pain merchandise at 406, just in time for the holidays. A portion of beer sales and all merchandise sales will directly go to support the league.
The Femme FatAle kickoff party will take place at the 406 Brewing Company tasting room at 101 East Oak in Bozeman on Wednesday, December 4 from 6pm-8pm. The Girlz will be announcing their 2014 bout schedule during the party and will be on hand to answer questions about roller derby and how to get involved. Please note – due to the growing popularity of roller derby in the Gallatin Valley, The Girlz are moving away from open enrollment at the start of the year and will run Fresh Meat Camps (i.e. new skater) twice yearly. Swing on down to the party to get the full rundown on the new program.
The Gallatin Roller Girlz was founded in 2010 is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization run entirely through volunteer efforts and community support. The league has been growing by leaps and bounds, with two amazing home seasons under its belt and is looking forward to a jam packed summer season in 2014. Roller derby has shaken its showboat beginnings and emerged as a legitimate contact sport – it is currently the fastest growing women’s sport in the United States. Gallatin Roller Girlz’ core mission is the empowerment of individuals through the sport of roller derby. The league welcomes women ages 18+ as team skaters and both men and women 18+ for skating and non-skating referee and official positions.