As the new season rolls around, so does new art downtown. Gaze upon the newest Dram exhibit, “Just Your Average Weekend Photography” by Adam Birely at Front Street. Adam lives in Missoula and has had the great fortune of being able to work and play in some of the most amazing places in America, including Zion, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks, as well as the mountains of southwest Colorado and Western Montana. Stop by to check out his photos that capture areas less traveled, as well as capture more of the iconic images when the conditions were just perfect.
Join us as we welcome a past Drammer back to the shop, Kayla McCormick for a new art show at Dram Central! Enjoy “The Bee Sides” – photo encaustics. Spring is here with some bright fuzzy photos dipped in some tasty tasty beeswax.
Support local Missoula artists with a libation in hand, this month we are featuring Fire & the Moon and Missoula Mugulents. We are excited to welcome these two makers back to the shop. Fire and the Moon specializes in metal-smithing and precious stones that make your eyes twinkle just looking at her work.
Support a local non-profit! This month we are donating Community Hand-Up proceeds to The Missoula Boxing Club! The Missoula Boxing Club exists to leverage the appeal of amateur boxing for the purpose of academic achievement, positive mentorship, and healthy citizenship of our youth in northwest Montana. $1 from every beer sold from 5-8pm will be donated.
Stay tuned for more details to come… Stop by for a casual wine tasting! $15 for 4 wines + a generous serving of wine education with our wine captain, Elizabeth!
Can’t make it? No problem! Email [email protected] and she’ll set aside four bottles with tasting notes for you to enjoy at home with your pals.
Firestone Walker is taking over! Try out six specialty Firestone beers ranging from IPAs, sours, and malty PLUS swag. Grab a flight and lets party with the folks from Firestone!
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
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!