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Jack C. Mauer has more than a thirty year investment in fishing, floating and wading the waters of western Montana. He is intimately acquainted with the surrounding fisheries and their corresponding ecologies. It is his passion and enthusiasm for the art of fly fishing, a respect and knowledge of trout habitat, and the ability to expertly instruct the technical aspects of fly fishing that clients appreciate as they return to western Montana and Wapiti Waters. Contact Jack at 800-254-5311.

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Bitterroot Valley has a New Brewery - Blacksmith Brewery

Retirement balloonFriday I went to my friends retirement hoorah held at the the Blacksmith Brewing Company. What a great surprise! It is in an old-time Stevensville Blacksmith Shop with it's history and charm in tact - and the beer is fantastic! In honor of my friend's retirement from a fire postion with the Forest Service, I had a Pulaski Porter for $3 a pint. The flavor was deep and rich; a smooth, dark taste. It seemed almost silky as I sipped it, yum. Currently they have five choices --Brickhouse Blonde, Twisted Paddle Pale Ale, Burnt Fork Amber, Cutthroat IPA, and of course the Pulaski Porter. No seasonals are planned at this point.
Blacksmith Brewery beers
We were there for the retirement party which meant us old codgers and our younger friends with children attended. No problem, in the non-smoking taproom there were other young families, singles, skiers, and plenty of locals. The old shop handles lots of people easily. They don't serve food at this time, but many people were ordering from Kodiak Jax which offers delivery.

Click here

for an article from about the brewery. It talks about the founders, brewmaster, the building and history, and more...good article!

Blacksmith Brewing
Open Sun. - Fri. 3-8pm and Sat 12-8pm
114 Main St. Stevensville, MT * 406 777-0680

I am waiting for Tim Akimoff of the Missoulian and Grizzly Growler to do a story on this brewery. Tim....where are you? I assure you, this brewery is much more than a "rumor." It is here to stay!


  1. I forgot to mention that Bitter Sweet plays music on Wednesday nights 6:00 to 8:00. Be there!

  2. Blacksmith Brewery comment about this post:
    Thanks For the great write up, It is great people like you that make it such a great place, We'll do some fun fishing specials this summer, Maybe even a Trophy Brown !!! See ya soon Thanks Pam

  3. Ah, I assure you, a full write up of Blacksmith Brewing Co. is in the plans. Between traveling to India for three weeks and the holidays, (not to mention the woeful decline of the newspaper industry) my plate has been full. But I have been salivating over a new Bitterroot Valley brewery. Keep you eyes peeled in the next few weeks.

    Tim Akimoff

  4. Tim, thanks for the heads-up. Many topics to touch on, the brewery (can't wait to see what you write), India (very interested in your experiences and pictures), and the newspaper industry (my father was owner, printer, publisher of a highly rated weekly - the Ronan Pioneer - and I am so sad to see the decline of the industry. As much as I love the internet, it just isn't the same! But, Jack is reading the New York Times online as I type this). Good to hear from you.

    I am waiting with bated breath and whisp’ring humbleness (or is it "parted lips and bated breath", Mark Twain - more appropriate in readiness to discuss beer)for your story on the brewery.


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