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, contact Sarah at [email protected]
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.
Please download and submit the Hand Up Application!
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!
-Zach Millar & The Dram Team
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!
The Dram Shop Team
Maibock Week May 20-27th
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
2017 Missoula Craft Beer Week is Saturday, April 29 to Saturday, May 6th!
Here’s what’s happening at The Dram:
Monday, May 1st—5-9pm: A Toast to Women in the Montana Craft Beer Industry
In conjunction with Missoula Craft Beer Week and The Pink Boots Society, The Dram Shop will celebrate Women in the Craft Beer Industry as we tap a keg of “Don’t Call me Honey” Saison produced by ladies of the Montana Craft Beer Industry including Draught Works Brewery Katabatic Brewing Company HA Brewing Co Philipsburg Brewing Company Beehive Basin Brewery Bozeman Brewing Company KettleHouse Brewing Company The Dram Shop and more. A portion of proceeds goes to The Pink Boots Society! This beer was brewed on International Women’s Day as part of the Big Boots Brew Day. In addition, we will feature a Black IPA produced by Brewer Corey Regini of KettleHouse Brewing Company and a Spring Saison produced by Stacey Long of HA Brewing Co.
Come on down, raise a toast, drink some fantastic beer and find out how you can get involved in supporting women in the craft beer industry!
Tuesday, May 2nd—7-9pm: Beer Geek Match Trivia Showdown
Join us on May 2nd at The Dram Shop for our Beer Geek Cage Match Trivia Showdown! Sign your team of 1-4 people up at The Dram Shop as there is limited seating available! This is a FREE event part of Missoula Craft Beer Week and there will be prizes for the Top 3 teams! Call (406) 540-4303 or stop by The Dram Shop today to sign up!
Wednesday, May 3rd—4-9pm: A walk in the Sour Patch with Grand Teton and Firestone Walker
Here at the shop, we’re proud to present this event in conjunction with Missoula Craft Beer Week! Join Grand Teton Brewing Company and Firestone Walker Brewing Co. for an evening of rare sour beers from these trailblazing breweries. If you are a fan of sour beer, you will not want to miss this event. We’ll have folks from both breweries hanging out and chatting beer.
Thursday, May 4th—4-10pm: IPA Daze with Rogue and Great Burn Brewing
IPA Daze is here! Rogue Ales and Spirits will be bringing they’re 4, 6,7, and 8 Hop IPA’s, and Great Burn Brewing is joining in with their May Day Double IPA and Tropical IPA. Taste them all when you stop by to play the Missoula Craft Beer Week Golf Tourney or just come in to relax and enjoy a flight!
Friday, May, 5th—12-10pm: Buy One Montana Brewed Beer, Get One Free! Thank you for awesome beer Montana! Have one on us!
Happy Missoula Craft Beer Week!!!
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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!
Belgian Beer Week—Sat. Feb. 28th-25th
Brewing in Belgium dates back to the first crusades, and ever since the country has maintained a strong tradition of brewing extraordinarily unique beers. American craft brewers have taken on many Belgian styles with some success, but the original Trappist and Abbey breweries of Belgium retain a distinct character that sets them apart. We have chosen an array of Belgian Styles, both imported and domestic, to try and give an overall picture of the beer of Belgium. There are definitely some styles missing here, notably more Sour beers and Lambics, but we plan on covering more of those beers during our Sour Week this summer!
Here we have a run down of beer that we will be pouring, including a short description of each style. We’re getting thirsty already!
Selkirk Abbey Chapel 4.9% ABV – Belgian Whitbier: A Belgian Style ale that’s very pale and cloudy in appearance due to it being unfiltered and the high level of wheat, and sometimes oats, that’s used in the mash. Always spiced, generally with coriander, orange peel, or herbs in the background. The crispness and slight twang comes from the wheat and the lively level of carbonation. This is one style that many brewers in the U.S. have taken a liking to and have done a very good job of staying to style.
Viven Imperial IPA 8.0% ABV – Belgian Imperial IPA: Take an India Pale Ale and feed it steroids, and have a Belgian brewer brew the beer. Although open to the same interpretation as its sister styles, you should expect something robust, malty, alcoholic and with a strong hop profile married to the complex earthy flavors that come with a Belgian beer.
Delerium Tremens 8.5% ABV – Belgian Strong Pale Ale: Like a Belgian Pale Ale, the strong versions will also be pale to golden in color. What sets them apart is a much higher alcohol content that can range from hidden to spicy to devastatingly present. Expect a complex and powerful ale, yet delicate with rounded flavors and big, billowy, rocky, white head.
Boulder Good Trip 9.0% ABV – Belgian Tripel: The name “Tripel” actually stems from part of the brewing process, in which brewers use up to three times the amount of malt than a standard Trappist “Simple.” Traditionally, Tripels are bright yellow to gold in color. Head should be big, dense and creamy. Aroma and flavor is complex and spicy with a sweet finish. Tripel’s can be quite bitter for a beer with such a light body, but at times is barely perceived amongst the even balance of malts and hops.
St. Bernardus Abt 12 12.0% ABV – Belgian Quad: Inspired by the Trappist brewers of Belgium, a Quadrupel is a Belgian style ale of great strength with bolder flavor compared to its Dubbel and Tripel sister styles. Typically a dark creation that ranges within the deep red, brown and garnet hues. Full bodied with a rich malty palate. Sweet with a low bitterness yet a well perceived alcohol.
Cuvee De Jacobins Prestige 7.1% ABV – Flanders Red Ale: Flanders Reds are commonly referred to as the “red” beers of West Flanders. Belgian Red Beers are typically light-bodied brews with reddish-brown colors. They are infamous for their distinct sharp, fruity, sour and tart flavors which are created by special yeast strains. Very complex beers, they are produced under the age old tradition of long-term cask aging in oak, and the blending of young and old beers.
Come in for a growler fill or pint, or get a flight of all six for just $12.
So, here we find ourselves on the brink of yet another holiday season. This time of year brings countless reasons to gather, celebrate, and if we’re lucky, imbibe some rare and heart warming beverages. This brings us to our subject of the day: Holiday, and more specifically Christmas beers. Historically, these beers owe more to the darkened solstice than they do to Christianity as celebrations featuring the imbibing of alcoholic beverages date back well before Christianity.
Who can resist celebration when there is a chance to reset our seasons against the backdrop of a snowy, dark, canvas. And, although outlawed at times, the old guy with the big white beard and extraordinarily ruddy cheeks couldn’t be a better spokesperson for Christmas cheer. He sets such a lovely example, needing a pack of reindeer to guide him from party to party on a snowy evening. It’s no wonder that popping open a growler or bottle this time year is a tradition that many of us hold dear, especially with so many special options.
If guidance from our modern brewers is any indication, we’re clearly in for some fun this time of year. The majority of Christmas beers tip the scales in terms of not only special ingredients, but also alcohol content, making them winter warmers indeed. Perhaps the most interesting about these Christmas beers, is that the only concrete thing that keeps them all herded up in a group is that they are celebratory beers for the season. The ingredients and styles vary from IPAs to Bocks to Belgians to Stouts and on and on. Some use spices. Some use fruit. Some use fruit and spices. Some folks are loath to even consider it a Christmas beer if it is not well spiced. Some just brew up a super special hop bomb. Regardless, as beer nerds, we should really just light a candle and count our lucky winter stars. These beers are big, flavorful, and come in such a variety that boredom is cast out, alone into a snow drift to think about what it’s done. There are many, many reasons to cherish this season, and we think the Christmas beer is pretty high on the list.
We’ve brought in a smattering of beers for our Holiday Beer Week. You can taste them all week at the shop, and we’ll be pouring flights if you don’t want to miss a thing.
Here are a few of the beers we’ll be pouring:
Grand Teton Brewing—Coming Home Rye Barley Wine: 10% ABV – 75 IBU
Moylan’s Brewing—Spiced Winter Lager: 6.0% ABV – 28 IBU
Brasserie Silly—Silly Noel Tripel Blonde: 9.0% ABV
Brouwerij Van Eecke—Kapittel Winter: 7.5% ABV
Iron Horse Brewing—Cozy’er Sweater Imperial Oatmeal Stout: 8.1% ABV – 35 IBU
Deschutes Brewing—Jubelale: 6.7% ABV – 65 IBU
Carter’s Brewing—The Gatherer Holiday Porter: 6.0% ABV – 30 IBU
Meadowlark Brewing—Snowflake Gingerbread Ale: 6.3% ABV – 11 IBU
P.S. If you’re interested in special deals and free beer, email us your cell phone number ([email protected]) to receive direct texts. We promise we won’t spam you!
Last spring I had the pleasure of getting an invitation from Sierra Nevada Brewing to attend their Beer Camp at the original brewery in Chico, CA. It sounded cool, but I had to think about it. Let’s see here: three days at the Sierra Nevada brewery with a small group of fellow campers learning about the company and their processes, ogling their state of the art facility, tasting rare and experimental beers, eating amazing food, designing our own beer recipe, and brewing own batch of beer with one of Sierra’s top brewers…. My schedule became instantly clear. A shocker I know. After all, Sierra Beer camp is a sort of coveted experience in the craft beer world. And to be honest, with the shop having been open less than a year, I was flattered that they asked me.
The first order of business was an email conversation prior to heading to Chico, in order to get a head start on our beer recipe. We settled on the idea of doing a New Zealand inspired beer with all of the hops coming from the Pacific country. Some of these hops can be tough to get but a brewery like Sierra Nevada has large hop contracts and, well, you should see the hop storage room at the brewery. It doesn’t hurt that they are also one of the few whole hop cone only brewers in the US–meaning that there are no pelleted hops used in any Sierra beers, a fact that they will tell you is reflected in the superior hop bouquet of their beer. We also decided to use the mighty kiwifruit in a nod to our brethren from the island nation. We had a diving off point, and would sort out the details in Chico.
Upon arriving at the brewery, I got an eery feeling that I was in Ken Grossman’s (the brewery’s Founder) version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory. From the immaculate brew house and cellar, to the cutting edge green technology being used literally everywhere, to the almost gilded taproom, I got the sense that his fingerprints were on everything. And to be honest, he’s done an amazing job with his brewery.
But anyway, back to the beer. We decided that stylistically, a lager with a grain bill including munich as a base, pilsner malt, a small amount of wheat would be a nice way to allow the mellow, sweet notes of the fruit come through, and also to keep the nelson sauvin, Wai-iti, Waimea and Wakatu hops right at the center of the flavor profile. This style would also keep the beer refreshing and quaffable. We blended 20 pounds of kiwifruit with an industrial immersion blender for the 10 barrel batch that we brewed in the pilot brew house at Sierra. One interesting fact about this brew house is that it was designed to mimic the main brew house and cellar used for all regular batches of beer but to scale. This way, pilot batches can be brewed and scaled to large batches taking away as many variables as possible.
With our batch of kiwi lager safely in the fermenter it was time to turn our minds to the name of our beer. Many names were thrown out, none of which bear repeating here. Suffice it to say that after sorting through our trove of creative hail mary’s, the good folks at Sierra Nevada settled on nice, non-offensive, litigation free name: I.B.U.zing Kiwis.
The good news is, we finally got a few kegs of our I.B.Uzing Kiwi on at the shop, and I can’t wait to tap one and see what our creation tastes like!
Join us this Saturday and let’s take it for a test drive!