Middle River Dispatches is a gumbo of posts about fly-fishing, conservation, politics and days afield.

Caught My Eye 2014 Week 51


  1. Guest Column: An enduring gift for Montana’s future – Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Guest Columnists.
  2. Retired Army Captain Mike Beebe>That’s what sacrifice looks like > http://youtu.be/4yc_ROQDoc8



Now and again things jump out as being just the right tool for the job. In this case it is keeping beer in bottles cold and safe.


Image courtesy of BottleKeeper.

Cousins Adam and Matt decided to solve a problem vexing beer drinkers; warm beer in unsafe containers.
Quoting from their website:

 “a golden light flashed above Cousin Matt’s head as if Zeus himself had sent a bolt of lightening from the heavens above; ‘what if we could leave the beer in the bottle and put the bottle in something that would keep it cold, like one of those stainless steel water bottles?’ and BAM!, BottleKeeper was born.”

The BottleKeeper has a neoprene sleeve (4 mm) inside a stainless steel container. Add a padded bottom and the bottle is protected from errant mishaps. The screw top, while not creating a vacuum, seals in the bottle keeping the beer fresher and in the bottle while open in transit.

While I enjoy my PBR’s in a can, the ability to keep a bottle of some of my favorite craft beers safe and cold has made me a fan.

Check out the BottleKeeper website. It has lots of entertaining info. The link should get you a 10% discount code on your first purchase.



One of the perks of being a Patagonia Ambassador are the smiles of my grandson.

THR collage Patagonia

Don’t React, Respond

Serving the best we could

“I just served as best I could.”

This video is a powerful reminder that there are many among us who still deserve the recognition.

The GOP Clown Show

The shit show that is the Republican Caucus in the U.S. House has been building for years. If you are curious about how it came to pass, Elizabeth Drew does an excellent job of explaining it in her New York Review of Books piece, Congress: Reign of the Implacables.