Friday, March 18, 2011

Thank you Bitter Root Brewery, Spice of Life, and Banque Club

(Hamilton, Mont., Mar 17) March 2011 is a good month for winter recreation and for Bitterroot Trout Unlimited (BRTU) to recognize and thank three exceptional supporting businesses. The BRTU chapter is very fortunate to have many establishments in the area that are good supporters and reliable contributors to TU’s conservation and education efforts. The local TU Chapter encourages visitors and residents to patronize these places to eat and drink as you recreate around the Bitterroot Valley. These recommendations don’t come lightly. Read about each supporter below.
o   Bitterroot Brewing Company
Nicol and Tim Bozik are the daughter-father team owning and running Bitter Root Brewing. In addition to sponsoring the BRTU banquet and providing the best microbrews in the valley, the Brewery also hosts a fly-tying roundtable every Wednesday evening. According to Greg Chester, the fun and tying starts about 5:30 P.M. Prominent tiers from around the valley periodically show up, flaunt their abilities, and provide entertainment and fishing fables. If you want to pick up some tips from the best, stop by, grab an IPA and check it out. Rumor has it that even local living legend John Foust occasionally shows up. The food is superior pub fare, too. And, check their website for information about the brews and the popular music venue.
Bitter Root Brewing Co.
101 Marcus Street
Hamilton, Montana
(406) 363-7468
| Menu | Hours and Calendar
o   The Banque Bar
Al Mitchell, owner of the Paper Clip in Hamilton, has opened a full-service bar in the old Banque Club and Bar on Hamilton’s Main Street. Paper Clip has been a donor to BRTU since the late 1970’s when Cherie and Dale Linduska opened it; Carol and Al continue this tradition. If you are still thirsty for a drink and some conversation after the Brewery closes at 8:00 pm, head on over to the Banque. It is an historic building worth spending time in.
Banque Club
225 W Main St
Hamilton, Montana
(406) 363-5205
o   Tapas at the Spice of Life
Karen Suennen and the crew at Spice of Life are also long-time supporters of BRTU. In fact, Spice catered the banquets for a number of years before BRTU moved the event out to the Bitterroot River Inn. Karen recently added Tapas based on her regular menu between 5:30 and 6:30 on Wednesdays through Saturdays. In case you don’t know, tapas are “small plates” of delectables designed to whet the appetite and stimulate conversation over a glass of wine or a beer, perfect before a larger meal or before heading home to dinner. Stop in for dinner or for a very modest price enjoy a beverage and a selection of A to Z nibbling including hummus & crostini, tuna yakitori with sushi rice and nori, and olives in warm olive oil. Click the menu link so you can check it out yourself.
Spice of Life Cafe and Catering
163 S 2nd St
Hamilton, Montana
(406) 363-4433
| Menu | Hours
For more information about Bitterroot Trout Unlimited and becoming a sponsor:
Bitter Root Chapter
PO Box 262
Hamilton, MT 59840

President: Cassie Buhl
(406) 363-3485

Vice President: Greg Chester
(406) 363-0033

BRTU special events: Marshall Bloom
(406) 363-3485

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fishing the Bitterroot River with a living legend, John Foust speaks to BRTU

Legendary fly-tier, guide and general raconteur, John Foust, will be the speaker for Bitterroot Trout Unlimited (BRTU) at the March 17, 2011 public meeting. It is still winter, but we can talk about fishing. Soon it will be warm enough to enjoy the river. Get inspired, come hear John Foust tell fishing tales and more.

What: John Foust, speaker
When: 7:00 PM, March 17, 2011
Where: the Elks Lodge - Get directions
203 State Street
Hamilton, MT 59840-2522
(406) 363-3031

John, his wife Elna, and their dog Mayda are among the best known characters on the Bitterroot River. John and Elna have forgotten more about fishing than most of us remember or will ever know. John has graciously agreed to give this month’s presentation. Come hear John talk about his life’s adventures, including lots of fishing, in an interesting and entertaining fashion.
Before John speaks, Chase Sanderson, the Bitterroot National Forest Service Fisheries intern for 2010 will give a quick recap of his summer project on native trout.
For more information, call 406-363-3485 or email BRTU President
All are invited to join John, Elna and BRTU members at Spice of Life in Hamilton at 5:00 PM before the meeting. Long-time TU supporter Karen Suennen, owner of Spice of Life, will be donating 10% of the proceeds to BRTU. Come on down and join the fun!
Information for Spice of Life Cafe and Catering
163 S 2nd St
Hamilton, Montana
(406) 363-4433
| Menu | Hours
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