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Community Hand Up!

The Dram Shop Community Hand Up Events!

Our ‘Community Hand Up’ program is a way for The Dram Shop to help out a community that has supported us in so many ways over the years. There’s no shortage of either good will or need in our town, and there’s always a creative way of going about fulfilling those needs. We find that in a town like Missoula, people are less often looking for a ‘hand out’, but more a ‘hand up’. By that we mean a collaborative way of helping one another, getting the word out about causes, having fun, and yes, even raising some money together.

Every other Tuesday evening from 5:00-9:00 pm we partner with a local non-profit organization or cause to give them a place to meet up, get some information out to folks, and raise some money. The success of these events are dependent on the non-profit organization’s ability to promote the ‘Community Hand Up’ night, and we do our part by providing a great evening of high quality beverages and friendly staff, and by donating $1 from each pint sold that evening. In the end it’s a community evening, and the real magic happens by spending some time visiting with one another.

To apply for a Community Hand Up at The Dram Shop, download the HandUpApplication.

FAQ:

Q: How do I sign-up my non-profit?
A: Please download the application and follow the directions stated on the application. Keep in mind this is an application and we can’t guarantee a spot.

Q: Can we hand out materials at the event?
A: Yes. We will have a designated table for your group. You are responsible for set-up, clean up and taking any leftover materials with you.

Q: Can we have a raffle or ask for donations?
A: Yes, at your designated table. Please do not solicit directly to other Dram Shop patrons. Our shop will still be open to the public during this night.

Q: What time is the fundraiser, and when do we receive the donation?
A: The Dram Shop will donate $1 of each pint sold that evening between 5:00-9:00p.m. You will receive your monetary donation within one month of the event.

Why is Oktoberfest in September?

Here’s a primer on the history of Oktoberfest and it’s beer, and more importantly, the answer to the most burning question in our minds: Why the heck is Oktoberfest in September???

So back in the stone ages when I was just a young duffer, I took a year to travel around Europe with a good pal of mine. We saw a lot of Europe on that trip and were only shot at with a rifle once which was good because luck can only take you so far. Anyway, we were cruising around in the fall and had Oktoberfest marked down as something that we definitely wanted to see and drink. We wound our way through the alps of Austria and rolled into Munich on October 15th. We were somewhat surprised when we did not see the expected jubilant frolicking, dancing, and celebrating of Oktoberfest. Upon asking a friendly shop owner where we could find Oktoberfest, we were told that we were in the exact right location, but that it had ended two weeks ago. As it turned out, Oktoberfest runs from September 19th through the first Sunday of October (and this schedule varies slightly from year to year). Although we were sorely disappointed in our crack research and scheduling team, we luckily were able to find a fine establishment in which to drown our sorrows. So note to self: If you want to go to Oktoberfest in Munich, it’s better to schedule it for the end of September instead of mid-October.

Now that you’ve suffered through my sob story, here’s a bit of factual information on the subject:

What has become Oktoberfest was first celebrated from October 12th through the 17th in Munich Germany in 1810. The Cause Celeb was the marriage of  Prince Ludwig to Princess Terese. Being a friendly couple they invited all of Munich to their little shindig, and a rather good time was had by all. To put an exclamation point on the event, they held horse races on the 17th. The next fall, when everybody started to get really thirsty again, they decided to hold another celebration surrounding the horse races, and Oktoberfest was born.

Throughout the 19th century the festival took on a more carnivalesque character with the addition of a large parade, bowling alleys, swings, and of course, tree climbing. These activities were mainly fueled by delicious and nutritious beer, although occasionally somebody would stop to eat some cured meat product or a strudel.

Sadly, there have been years when Oktoberfest has not been celebrated due to pesky little wars and once in 1853 for a cholera epidemic which killed 3,000 residents of Munich. This has occurred 24 times in the 215 year run that Oktoberfest has been on. We can only assume that on these years the residents of munich found other ways to drink beer.

Speaking of beer drinking, they are somewhat rigid about it in Germany. For instance, there are only six breweries who are permitted to serve beer at Oktoberfest. These breweries must conform to ‘Reinheitsgebot’, or the German Purity Laws for brewing beer which demand that the only the four basic ingredients be used: Hops, Malted Barley, Yeast, and of course water.  They also must be located within the city limits of Munich. Here are the six:

We’ll have the Hofbräu beer on tap as well as other German, domestic, and local Oktoberfest beers!

Come celebrate with us on Saturday, September 22nd! 

Live tuba band: 4:00-6:00p.m.
Fresh baked German pretzels
German brats and Kraut from Suppertime!

Flights of all 6 Oktoberfest beers are $15.

We’re offering custom Dram Shop Steins! Buy one for $20 and get your first beer free plus any Oktoberfest beer for $3 all week long. Not only that, but if you have a stein from last year you can bring it in during Oktoberfest and get $3 beers!

Cheers!

-Zach Millar & The Dram Team

September Events: Oktoberfest, Wine Tasting, Tap Takeovers, and a Date Night!

Autumn is finally here, and as soon as this smoke clears out of our cozy little valley, everything will be back to normal! Here at The Shop we love this time of year because it means some of our favorite events are right around the corner. The month of September is chock full of fun, including a wine tasting, Oktoberfest, and great events with Reverend Nat and Grand Teton Brewing. So put our events on the calendar so you don’t miss out!!

Grand Teton Brewing Tap Takeover!
Wednesday, September 13th at 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Join us for a variety of Grand Teton beers including hard to find sours! We’ll be pouring 6 Grand Teton beers all evening and pouring flights of all 6 for $15. Brewery folks will be on hand to chat and give away some free brewery swag! Stay Tuned for beer selection!

Reverend Nat’s Cider Takeover!
Saturday, September 23rd 1:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Reverend Nat himself is coming over from Portland, OR to party with us! We will pour 6 ciders all day and have flights for $15. Come chat with Nat and learn all about his cider! Stay tuned for cider selection!

OKTOBERFEST! at The Dram Shop!
Sunday, September 24th 12:00 – 10:00 p.m.

This is probably the most fun day of the year at The Dram Shop! We’ll have 6 different Oktoberfest beers on tap all week. Sunday is the party with a live tuba band from 2-4pm, soft pretzels from Kiln Breads, and German brats from Covered Wagon food truck! Flights of 6 beers for $15. For the first time, we’re offering custom Dram Shop Steins! Buy one for $20 and get your first beer free plus any Oktoberfest beer for $3 – Stay tuned for beer selection!

Wunderbare Weine German Wine Tasting!
Wednesday, September 27th 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

In conjunction with Oktoberfest week at the shop, we’ll be featuring some of our favorite wines of Germany as we discuss the terroir & classifications of Deutschland! Small bites provided by Tagliare Delicatessen & Le Petit Outre. $18 per person. Limited Seating! Stop by the shop to reserve your seat.

Missoula Insectarium Date Night!
Thursday, September 28th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Drop the kids off at the Insectarium for an awesome night of fun, and then cross the street with a buy one get one free coupon and enjoy a couple hours of relaxation at The Dram Shop! Can we suggest something nice from The Pearl Café? $15 per child (Kids ages 4-11 please).

September Art Gallery Show with Jim Chapman, “Montana in Pictures”
Proceeds from print sales will be donated to Montana Hunter and Anglers and The Wilderness Society!

Cheers,
The Dram Shop Team

Saison Week Starts Saturday!

Welcome to the month of April. Spring is in the air, and so is the Saison style of beer.

We’ll be featuring Saisons at the shop beginning Saturday, April 15th – April 22nd. 

We chose this style for April as it neatly fits in for this time of year. ‘Bier de Saison’ literally translates to ‘beer of the season’ and originally brewed by farmers in the French speaking part of Belgium. Saisons are commonly referred to as ‘farmhouse style ales’. What this means more generally, is that they were brewed with whatever ingredients were available down on the farm. The beer would be brewed at the end of winter, stored when it was still cool (as refrigeration was not available), and consumed during the warmer months. Farm workers in the fields were allotted up to 5 liters each day. We’re not sure how much work they actually got done, but at least they were happy. Moderate alcohol and thirst quenching on the palate. Traditionally Saisons have enjoyed a wide style description. In modern times however we can narrow our focus on these beers.

Here are some general characteristics:

Pale orange to golden in color, these beers are fruity and feature citrus flavors. Moderate hop presence gives way to pepper and/or clove flavors. Moderate maltiness marries into a light alcohol presence. A light to medium mouth feel enhances the fruit and spice flavors.

Feeling Thirsty yet??

Come join us all week to experience these unique beers!!!

We have Saisons ready to go from the following breweries:

MAP Brewing Co. – Mountain Nectar Saison 6.3% ABV – 28 IBU
HA Brewing Co – Spring Saison 6.7% ABV – 29 IBU
Sierra Nevada – Sour Saison 5.9% ABV – 15 IBU
Carter’s Brewery – Bier de Mars 6.3% ABV
Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company Saint Augustine Rye Saison 6.0% ABV
Philipsburg Brewing Company Rope Swing Saison 5.75 ABV – 22 IBU

Six Saisons will be on tap all week. Flights of 6 (for $15) will be available as well as pints. It’s farmhouse beer time!

September Events at The Dram Shop!

Whoa! It’s hard to believe that summer is nearly over and that September is here. We love this time of year. The weather cools down, and we begin to look forward to some of our favorite events of the year! We have Oktoberfest at the end of September with its super fun seasonal party featuring a Tuba Band that plays German drinking songs, Fresh Pretzels from Kiln Breads, and Brats from Covered Wagon Food Truck.

Here’s a list of the events that we have scheduled for the month of September!

Friday, September 3rd: First Friday – Todd Taylor’s Night Skies
Come celebrate the night skies of Montana with photographer Todd Taylor.

Tuesday, Sept. 6th – Bitterroot Brewing Tasting
Taste five Bitterroot Brewing beers (7 oz. pours) for just $10 in an open, social format. Meet folks from Bitterroot Brewing and find out more about their beers!

Wednesday, September 7th – Investingating Ciders of Europe Tasting
Harvest Season is upon us and we’re celebrating an age old tradition! Teaming up with Missoula’s own Western Cider Co, we’ll take a look at various taste profiles & production methods of French & Spanish cider. You’ll leave with a better understanding of the many styles & characteristics of cider across Europe. $12 to taste five awesome ciders!

Wednesday, Sept. 14th – Island Bound Wine Tasting 
Join us as we taste old world wines from the islands of Corsica, Sardinia, and Sicily! $16 per person or $29 per couple. Limited space, sign up at The Dram Shop or call to hold your spot!


Monday, Sept. 19th – Grand Teton Brewing Tasting

We’ll feature 5 Grand Teton Brewing Company Beers (7 oz. pours) for $10. Come taste them with your friends! Here’s what we’ll be pouring:
* Brett LoCo Imperial IPA
* Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Cauldron Imperial Stout
* Wine Barrel Aged Farmhouse Strong Ale
* Pilot IPA #15
* Tropical Lost Continent Imperial IPA

Tuesday, Sept. 20th – Deschutes Meet the Brewer
Meet brewers and reps from Deschutes Brewery while tasting 5 Deschutes beers (7 oz pours) for $10! These are the beers we’ll be tasting:
Sagefight Imperial IPA
Hopziet Marzen IPA
Chasin’ Freshies Fresh Hop IPA
Mirror Pond Pale Ale
Nitro Black Butte Porter
Black Butte XXVIII (Monster Beer!)

Sunday, Sept. 25th: Oktoberfest!
This is probably the most fun day of the year at The Dram Shop! Six different Oktoberfest beers on tap all week. Sunday is the party with a live tuba band, soft pretzels from Kiln bakery, and German brats from Covered Wagon. Flights of 6 for $12.

Fresh Hop Fest comes in October as beers brewed with the seasons freshly picked hops are ready to tap and enjoy. Our Fresh Hop Fest is always fun because we never know when the beers will be ready. We tap them as we get them in so you have to keep your ear to ground by checking our web site menu or the live beer list on facebook.

Then, whether we like it or not, Halloween is right around the corner which means, Pumpkin Beer Fest! We’ll have 6 pumpkin beers on tap for the whole week leading up to Halloween. At the risk of getting ahead of ourselves, we have our Holiday Beer Week in December when we don uncomfortable sweaters and hang the Snowbowl chairlift chair in The Shop! Wait, that’s maybe a little too far in the future, but at least we can start to think about ski season…

You can always check our events page on our website event page or our facebook events for more details, as we always post new information as we get it in!

See you at The Shop!

 

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First Friday: Ecuador Photo Exhibition and Earthquake Relief Fundraiser

Last year, Kay Grissom-Kiely and her family spent six months living, attending school, and working in Cuenca, Ecuador (8,500 ft elevation in the Andes). They traveled extensively to various parts of the country, exploring the diverse culture and geography of jungles, mountains, oceans, islands, Inca ruins, small villages, and cities. Kay’s camera was in tow at all times, documenting their journey and revealing the soul of Ecuador with an attentive, creative eye. The camera allows Kay to see the world differently. She hopes this body of photos will inspire.

In April, the Andean coast of Ecuador was struck by a devastating 7.8-magnitude and four days later a 6.0-magnitude earthquake. Nearly 600 people died and more than 7,000 people were injured along the Northern coast. Hundreds of communities were flattened, homes collapsed, and people are still living under plastic tarps without running water or adequate sanitation. It will take years to rebuild these towns and remote communities, including lots of resources.

Now that I’m back in Montana, I’ve struggled with how to help from so far away. I decided to donate all sales from this photography exhibition to help those suffering in these remote, devastated communities. Specifically, I will donate funds to help get kids back to school and help restore meaning to their lives in the midst of the distress in their town. This fundraising effort will help re-build schools in the coastal town of Canoa, Ecuador, requiring funds for teacher salaries, books, desks, supplies, and counseling. I love Ecuador—the people, diversity, culture, animals, and land—and this is my effort to help.

Please click on the link to learn more about how you can donate or contact Kay at kgkiely@earthlink.net to purchase prints.

 

Maibock Week starts Saturday, May 20th !

All of the Maibock beers we’ll have on tap this week are for German Texans. What? German Texans you ask? That’s right folks, German Texans. The basic Bock style of beer, and granddaddy to the Maibock, was popularized in the Bavarian region of Germany in the 13th century. And Bavaria is big. Bavaria is so big that it’s been referred to as ‘The Texas of Germany’ dating back to at least the 1950’s. First brewed in the town of Einbeck, Bock beers got their name as the local dialect bastardized the name of the town into Ein Bock, meaning ‘Billy Goat’ in German. That’s why you always see goats on the labels of these German bock beers.

But we digress, as usual. Bocks are traditionally a celebratory beer, and hence they have a bit higher ABV, coming in around the 7-8% range. They won’t put you on your bottom immediately, but you’ll know you’re having a good time. Maibocks in particular feature a dry, and somewhat hopped finish. They are lightly malted, yellow to golden in color, with a medium mouthfeel. Often times you’ll taste notes of spice and pepper in this thirst quenching and flavorful spring offering.

We’ll be featuring 6 different Maibock beers all week. Come try a flight of all 6 for $15!

Here’s a list of Maibocks that we’ll have on tap at the shop all week long:

Hofbräu Maibock 7.2% ABV – Munich/Germany

Sierra Nevada Old Chico Pale Bock 6.8% ABV – 40 IBU – Chico/CA

Beaverhead Bock 6.6% ABV – 25 IBU Dillon/MT

Bayern Maibock 7.6% ABV – 28 IBU MIssoula/MT

Mighty Mo Hoki’s Maibock 6.3% ABV – 30 IBU Great Falls/MT

Laughing Dog Bock at the Moon 5.5% ABV – 30 IBU Coeur D’Alene/ID

Bozeman Brewing Super Power Solo Bock 7.2% ABV – 30 IBU Bozeman/MT

– Prost!

Missoula Craft Beer Week at The Dram!

Saturday, April 30th – Saturday, May 7th

Here are the events we have going at the shop for Craft Beer Week!

Sat. April 30th: All Day: Brews Cruise
We’re a stop on the bicycle ‘Poker Run’ that is the Brews Cruise. We are partnering with Great Burn Brewing and will have 4 of their beers on tap. We’ll be pouring flights of these 4 beers for just $5 all day. Folks will stop in throughout the day, get their Brews Cruise card stamped and have a beer! Click here for more details!

Tue. May 3rd 7 pm: Beer Geek Cage Match Trivia with Draught Works
We’re hosting a beer trivia night! Expect it to be packed. We’ll feature 4 Draught Works beers and have them on special for $3 per pint. We expect about 60 participants! Ryan Newhouse will MC. Prizes will be awarded for top finishers including tickets to the Garden City Brewfest and loads of beer swag! More details here.

Thur. May 5th 5pm-8pm: Downtown Mini Golf Tournament
Teams of competitors travel from place to place in Downtown Missoula playing a hole of mini golf at each venue. We will partner with Great Burn Brewing to host a hole at the Shop! We will feature two Great Burn Beers at $3 per pint as folks play mini golf throughout the evening.

Fri. May 6th 4:30 PM to Close: Great Northern Tap Takeover
Join us for a Tap Takeover at The Shop from 4:30pm to close! There will be tons of giveaways and good times. Buy a flight of 4 beers and get a free glass to take home. Featured beers: Bluebird Day Double IPA, Powder Ninja Porter, Good Medicine Strong Ale, and Wild Huckleberry. Help us celebrate Missoula Craft Beer Week! Check out more on the Facebook event here)

Click here for the entire Craft Beer Week Schedule!

Cheers Missoula!

 

Saison Week starts Sunday, April 17th!

Welcome to the month of April. Spring is in the air, and so is the Saison style of beer.

We’ll be featuring Saisons at the shop beginning Sunday, April 17th for a week.

We chose this style for April as it neatly fits in for this time of year. ‘Bier de Saison’ literally translates to ‘beer of the season’ and originally brewed by farmers in the French speaking part of Belgium. Saisons are commonly referred to as ‘farmhouse style ales’. What this means more generally, is that they were brewed with whatever ingredients were available down on the farm. The beer would be brewed at the end of winter, stored when it was still cool (as refrigeration was not available), and consumed during the warmer months. Farm workers in the fields were allotted up to 5 liters each day. We’re not sure how much work they actually got done, but at least they were happy. Moderate alcohol and thirst quenching on the palate. Traditionally Saisons have enjoyed a wide style description. In modern times however we can narrow our focus on these beers.

Here are some general characteristics:

Pale orange to golden in color, these beers are fruity and feature citrus flavors. Moderate hop presence gives way to pepper and/or clove flavors. Moderate maltiness marries into a light alcohol presence. A light to medium mouth feel enhances the fruit and spice flavors.

Feeling Thirsty yet??

Come join us all week to experience these unique beers!!!

6 American Saisons on tap all week. Flights of 3 or 6 will be available as well as pints. It’s farmhouse beer time!

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10 Things I Learned in the First Year of Business

by Zach Millar, owner of The Dram Shop in Missoula, MT

There are no known unknowns.
Simple right? The fact is, you don’t know what you don’t know. So keep an open mind, and be ready for your perceptions to change. A lot.

You are your best (and often times only) advocate.
You better get used to getting out there and fighting for your dream. Nobody else is going to take over while you sit on the couch and watch Seinfeld reruns.

Lean on your friends.
They’ll want to help you, and you’ll need them. A lot of your network will likely be really excited about your endeavor. Enthusiasm is contagious, so put them in coach.

Be nice.
This seems obvious, but just remember, you don’t know everything. You don’t even know that you don’t know everything yet (see #1). So be nice to EVERYBODY. Chances are you’re going to need their help sometime soon (see #3). And if you do make it through the startup crucible, you’re likely going to owe them a truckload of thank you’s.

Listen to your elders.
Also, listen to your youngers. Heck, listen to anybody who is willing to take the time to give you advice. It’s really important to remember where your scope of knowledge lies. For us, it was somewhere between breakfast and lunch, and we were lucky to get a lot of great advice.

Make fear your friend.
You’re going to need to get used to your fight or flight instinct, because it’s going to follow you around. It probably is already. You’re taking risks. Sometimes really big risks, and there will be times when every sinew in your body will be telling you to split and head for Mexico. Also, Mexico can be a very useful motivational tool.

Be ready.
Running your shiny new business is a lot different than starting your new business. You’re going to have to make a lot of adjustments as you go along, and you don’t want to get caught flat footed. So try not to get too attached to the little things you’ve accomplished along the way. You probably screwed them up and are going to have to go back and redo them.

Study up.
Chances are you’re going to become an expert on a subject that to date you know nothing about. Take parking requirements for example. Not only are they are super interesting, turns out they are kind of important. You’ll be way better off if you can discover problems before they become problems. (See #1)

Keep going.
If you’re anything like us, there will be some doubts. OK, a lot of doubts. You have to learn to put them in a box and throw it off of a very tall building. You can do it. One foot in front of the next.

Success is a trip to the grocery store.
Things get busy and crazy. Really busy and really crazy. When things finally calm down enough that you can do normal, everyday activities without a sneaking suspicion that total disaster lies around every corner, you’ve arrived. You probably just won’t be sure where it is that you’ve arrived at. It doesn’t matter, you’re probably leaving first thing in the morning.

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, April 10th: Patagonia Worn Wear Event Happy Hour and Film 6-9pm

Saturday, April 16th: Cider Tasting featuring Montana CiderWorks

Sunday, April 17th: Saison Week Kick-off and Super Tuscan Wine Tasting

Thursday, April 21st: Firestone Walker Brewery Missoula Release and Tap Takeover

Saturday, April 30th Craft Beer Week Kick-off

CraftBeer.com votes The Dram Shop the “Best Beer Bar in Montana”