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BR Brewing Hops Against Hunger

Raechel Hawkinson and Nicol Musburger of Bitter Root Brewing look forward to welcoming customers to their “Hops Against Hunger” fundraiser event, Dec. 2, that benefits the Montana Food Bank Network, fighting local hunger.

Hops Against Hunger is a week of pint night fundraisers across Montana benefiting the Montana Food Bank Network.

Four breweries in the Bitterroot Valley are joining in Dec. 2-5.

Bitter Root Brewery, Blacksmith Brewing, Wildwood Brewing and Lolo Peak Brewing Co. are raising funds to help alleviate hunger locally and part of 30 breweries participating statewide.

“Tis’ the season to help your neighbor,” said the food bank network press release. “And your local brewery wants to make it as easy and enjoying some pints. As part of Montana Food Bank Network’s statewide pint night week 30 Montana breweries unite for Hops Against Hunger!”

Cassidy Green, events coordinator for MFBN, said each participating brewery is running their “Hops Against Hunger” event in their own way.

“Every brewery will give a portion of every pint sold,” Green said. “Within the Bitterroot Valley we have 20-30 network partners between Hamilton House and backpack programs and all the programs we get food to and distribute through. All of that does stay local to support those programs.”

The Montana Food Bank Network partners in the Bitterroot Valley include: Pantry Partners Food Bank, Bitterroot Valley Calvary Chapel, Haven House Food Pantry, two Western Montana Mental Health homes, Darby Bread Box, Florence-Carlton Elementary, Stevensville Elementary and Junior High, Victor Schools, Washington Primary, Daly Elementary, Darby Elementary, Corvallis Primary School and Corvallis Middle School.

MFBN has been feeding Montana since 1983 with the goal of ending hunger in Montana through food acquisition and distribution, education and advocacy. The nonprofit believes that “every person has a basic human right to access nutritious, high-quality food that nourishes the mind, body, and soul.” They have partnerships with food banks, food pantries, homeless shelters, senior centers, schools and food distribution and meal sharing organizations.

Green said a portion of every pint sold during the event will be combined with others all across the state to provide for seniors, children, veterans and families across Montana that may otherwise go without during the holidays.

Bitter Root Brewing Company is hosting a Hops Against Hunger event 5–8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec, 2 at 101 Marcus St., in Hamilton, with 50 cents of each brew purchased donated to Montana Food Bank Network.

Raechel Hawkinson, tap room manager for Bitter Root Brewing, said Hops Against Hunger is a great organization.

“This is our third year of being a part of it,” she said. “We think it is a great cause - giving back to the community.”

Hawkinson said MFBN is supporting 40 counties with the donations to the food bank.

Nicol Musburger, owner of Bitter Root Brewing Company, said the impact increases when organizations band together for state-wide events.

“They get more energy and attention,” Musburger said. “It is fun for the brewers to all be involved together because we are a close-knit industry. We always have been. It feels like we’re partnering together for a good cause” of getting food to the hungry.

Everyone attending the “Hops Against Hunger” events will be entered in the Hops Against Hunger giveaway with a grand prize of a Montana Ski & Stay package for two at Big Sky and Montana Brewery Association Brew Crew punch cards for a free brew at each brewery in the MBA.

“There is also different swag from different breweries and different gift packages as well,” Hawkinson said.

Elsewhere in the Bitterroot, Hops Against Hunger events will be held at Blacksmith Brewing, 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2 and Thursday, Dec. 6, at 114 Main St., Stevensville; Wildwood Brewing, 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 4018 US-93, Stevensville; and Lolo Peak Brewing Co. 6 – 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 6201 Brewery Way, Lolo.

Contributions can be sent directly to The Montana Food Bank Network, tax-identification number 81-0421243, to 5625 Expressway, Missoula, MT 59808.