I had purposely planned my trip to Big Hole National Battlefield so I could drive Montana’s highway 93. Highway 93 is a scenic drive that carries you over a small winding mountain pass that typically I would not have minded driving… however when I melted my breaks earlier in the trip even the slightest hill was annoying.
So what better way to get rid of my annoyance than to stop off at Bitter Root Brewing in Hamilton Montana? Located in an industrial style building I found a spot at the bar and ordered myself The Single Hop beer. It was a pale ale with citrus and grapefruit flavors and a 6.5 ABV and a pretty tasty combo of flavors.
I also put in an order for lunch, a pesto chicken wrap. The wrap included goat cheese, lettuce, carrots and cucumber. The warp was good but the sliver fries were silvers of goodness.
As I awaited my lunch I sipped my beer and took in the ambiance of the pub. The pub has a traditional bar that greets as you walk in. There is also a wide open space filled and pub style tables and a raised staged for live music. If you check out their website’s event page you can see who they have scheduled to play if you’re interested in seeing live music.
There are also windows to tease you with glimpses of the brewery and walls lined with growlers from other breweries. I was beginning to think this is what my house would look like soon if I didn’t stop collecting growlers. I have recently made a shift in my travel habits where I use to collect little trinkets from everywhere I went. I have since stopped buying trinkets but if I am at a brewery I do purchase a growler of beer to go. I may drink the beer inside but I am still left with the growler to remind me of my visit.
I ordered one more beer before I left, the Oktoberfest. I couldn’t help myself. It was mid-September and when the Oktoberfest beers come out for the season I am all over it like a cheap suit. This beer was delightful, so much so that it was my growler fill of choice.
If you would like to visit Bitter Root Brewing they are located at 101 Marcus Street in Hamilton Montana. They are open Monday – Saturday 11:30 to 8pm and Sundays 11:30am to 6pm. They have a small menu of pub style food that is all under $15.