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First Friday: Photography by Joey Early

We have to say, we were thrilled when Joey Early presented us with the idea of traveling around Western Montana and taking portraits of various breweries and their brewers. We immediately recognized that bringing representations of all these breweries together at The Dram Shop almost exactly mirrored our ideas about what we aim to be to the brewing community. And we’re hoping this show will be a way for all of the area brewers, breweries, and their fans, to celebrate the unbelievable dedication to craft demonstrated in Western Montana’s local beer.

Joey has put together a collection of portraits taken with his medium format camera. Breweries included in this show: Blacksmith, Draught Works, Philipsburg, Big Sky, Great Northern, Wildwood, KettleHouse, and Great Burn.

In addition to the portraits that we’ll on display at the shop, Joey also captured some behind-the-scenes images of brewers doing their thing. We think they’re awesome, and here’s a few that we couldn’t help but post straight away.

Photo by Joey Early

Photo by Joey Early

Photo by Joey Early

Photo by Joey Early

Photo by Joey Early

Photo by Joey Early

So come down to The Dram Shop on Friday, August 7th and help us celebrate! We couldn’t be prouder to be showcasing Joey’s work, and we’re looking forward to the chance to give him a tip of the hat, and perhaps a tip of the glass.

Want to learn more about Joey Early? Here is his bio statement:

“I believe in simplicity, I believe in telling stories, I believe in truth and I believe in the power of being monochromatic.

Photography is one of few constants in my life. It is a driving force behind many of my life choices and big decisions, it is what brought my wife and I together. Photography both helps me remember and allows me to forget, it has been there for me when I needed it and at times has been a distraction. No matter where I am, or what I am doing, I feel at home with a camera in my hands. That is why I photograph.”

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Taproom Dog

When I first started in the brewing industry better than a decade ago, I was hired at Big Sky Brewing Company to pour beers in their taproom. To this day I’m still not sure why they hired me. I was an out of work touring musician and had no experience at a brewery, in retail, or as a server. But, I did have a dog.

Her name was Kiska. She was as docile a Golden Retriever as you will ever meet. I mean, she was very sensitive. But, she loved people, and that made my new gig at the brewery a great fit for her. At the time, we lived in a tiny apartment on 5th Street in Missoula, about a mile and a half from the old Big Sky taproom on Hickory Street. Every morning we would walk along the river trail down to work, and Kiska would sit out in front of the brewery all day long. Every person who happened by was greeted with her same rabid enthusiasm, and it’s safe to say she put a smile on the faces of most folks. Now that I think about it, Big Sky may have hired me because of my dog.

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Kiska by the Clark Fork River as a pup.

Fast forward a decade or more and a few things have changed. First off, Kiska unfortunately is no longer with us, and as of this last year, I’m no longer at Big Sky as I’m focusing my energies on starting up The Dram Shop. In the absence of Kiska, her friend and our other dog Leeroy now takes up the torch where she left off. Over the past months as I have sojourned each day to The Dram Shop on Front Street, Leeroy has faithfully joined me. We often walk home the couple of miles along Rattlesnake Creek and he loves to sniff around and wet his muzzle in the cold fresh water. He’s also taken up the tradition of keeping watch over the shop, and welcoming each person as they arrive.

A man's best friend.

A man’s best friend.

There’s something special about having a dog around. In some way it makes it all a bit more human, and I’m lucky to have him here by my side.