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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!

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Belgian Beer Week!

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. 

Holiday Beer? Yes Please!

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

Cheers!

-Team Dram

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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!

 

Wheat Beer Week!

Summer is upon us, and what better time to feature Wheat Beers! These crisp and refreshing beers are perfect for this time of year. They feature low alcohol content, but do not come up short on flavor. There are many modern versions of wheat beers that vary from fruit infused to hop crazy. We’ve featured what we hope is a nice balance of old and new world examples of this classic style of beer. Here’s a tiny snippet of background information, just so you’re not flying blind here:

Wheat beers fall into two major categories: German weizenbier, of which the better known hefeweizen is a type, and Witbier, the Dutch version which is based on the Belgian brewing tradition of using coriander and orange peel to add depth of flavor profile. The main characteristic of wheat beers however, is that they use at least 50% wheat in the grain bill, cutting down on the malted barley used. The increased amount of wheat, containing higher protein than barley, result in a thicker, longer lasting head, as well as a ‘phenolic’ character which comes across as flavors of spice, banana, and sometimes herbs.

This is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to wheat beers, as berliner weisse, gose, and lambic are also included under the umbrella of wheat beers, among others. But, it’s hot and we’re thirsty so here’s our line up for Wheat Beer Week at the shop:

Hofbräu Hefe Weizen
5.1% ABV – Munich/Germany                              
Back in 1602 Weissbier could only be brewed by ducal privilege. It was Munich’s first Hefe Weizen. Hofbräuhaus enjoyed this exclusive right for nearly 200 years, thus holding a monopoly on Weissbier in Bavaria. Characterized by its sparkling rich foam and distinguished by its unforgettable refreshing and fruity taste.

Hoegaarden Witbier
4.9% ABV – Hoegaarden/Belgium
500 years went into making this beer that features the aroma of orange peel, coriander and herbs that the merry monks imported from sunny Curacao. Light yellow and naturally murky, and the soft foam adds a cloudy finish. Then there’s the soft taste, light and slightly sweet and sour and with subtle citrus notes.

Selkirk Abbey Chapel
4.9% ABV – 20 IBU Post Falls/ID
Selkirk Abbey’s classic Belgian witbier is light in body and delightfully easy-drinking; brewed with orange peel and coriander to provide a kiss of citrus that’s sure to be refreshing any time of the year.

Highlander Wolf Point Strawberry Wheat
5.0% ABV – 18 IBU Missoula/MT
This classic fruit forward wheat beer from Highlander Brewing features a huge strawberry aroma, mild fruit taste, and soft mouth-feel. Look for biscuit overtones and a smooth, creamy head.

Lone Peak Raspbeery Wheat
3.9% ABV – 23 IBU Big Sky/MT
No overwhelming sweetness here, just crisp raspberry goodness. Adding the Oregon raspberries while our yeast are still active means the little guys take care of all that extra sugar before it gets into keg. The result is a refreshing beverage meant for the heat of summer.

Meadowlark Teddy Roosevelt – American Badass – Barrel Aged Wheat Imperial IPA
7.9% ABV – 95 IBU Sydney/MT
Brilliant gold topped with a mountainous white foam head. This Imperial Wheat IPA is smooth-bodied with hop characteristics of pine and stone fruits. Oak-aging lends a vanilla or almond-like flavor and aroma and smooths out the beer’s bitterness and warmth.

Flights of 6 for $12, or available by pint

Cheers!

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!

Barleywine Week!

We’re winding up for our monthly style feature here at the shop, and this month, due to the final cold stretch of winter laid out before us, we’ve decided to feature barleywine. Starting Sunday, February 14th, we’ll be featuring 6 different varieties of barleywine. It’s a style that weighs in heavily when it comes to flavor and alcohol content. Large grain bills and generous hop additions lead to big ales, that can be as delicate and distinctive on the palate as fine wine. These ales are also fit for aging for multiple years.

This last fact seems fitting, as the first known references to barley wine date back to ancient Greece. Greek historian Xenophon (sweet name we know) makes mention of barley wine being stored and consumed on a regular basis. These earlier versions would be unlike modern barleywine however as the use of hops was not documented until centuries later. Something tells us these Greek versions were both big and funky.

Style wise, barleywine breaks down along English and American lines. As is somewhat standard in the craft beer world, American versions tend to be more aggressively hopped, while english versions rely on deep malting and more subtle balance. This leaves both versions at similar alcohol by volume percentages, but vast difference in flavor profile and visual appearance. English barleywines can be amber, to deep amber, even to very dark. American barleywines are usually honey colored or even lighter, with amber and red amber being on the dark end. They are all big beers, meant to warm in your glass as you sip slowly and let the burn of the alcohol settle in your stomach.

One more quick aside here, for those of you who like splitting hairs (a favorite pastime of ours)….Barley wine has traditionally been written as two words in britain, and dating all the way back to it’s origins. This makes sense linguistically if it is being described as a type of wine, with ‘barley’ as the qualifier. Legend has it that when Anchor Brewing Company brewed the first significant barleywine on American soil in 1976 (Old Foghorn it’s called), they decided to make it one single word, so that it would not be confused with wine made from grapes in the marketplace. We think it was a wise move, and for the record, we have decided editorially to side with our new world brethren and keep with the tradition. Ok, end of rant.

On that note, we’d like to introduce our starting lineup of barleywines, starting Feb. 14th:

Grand Teton – 2012 Oak Aged Barleywine: 
10.0% ABV – Victor/ID
Brimming with bold flavors of bittersweet malt and heaps of aggressive hops, this barleywine was part of Teton’s annual holiday ‘Coming Home’ series. It was aged in Oak for two years, and then has been aged in stainless since 2014. A rare treat indeed.

Bozone – Wee Nip Barleywine: 9.0% ABV – 100 IBU – Bozeman/MT
Wee Nip boast piney and citrusy hop aromas, and a subtle blend of three specialty malts keeping the beer in balance. A more conservative approach to the alcohol content keeps this brew a little more approachable than other big beers.

Stone – Old Gaurdian Barleywine: 11.2% ABV – 80 IBU – Escondido/CA
The maltiness of this beer is only tamed by a prodigious addition of hops, creating a rich, slightly sweet, ale infused with assertive bitterness and bright hop notes, all culminating in a pleasing dryness.

Rogue – New Crustacean Barlywine/IPA: 11.3% ABV – 88 IBU Newport/OR
Not quite a barley wine and not quite an imperial IPA. Featuring 8 Ingredients: Weyermann & Bohemian Malts; Bravo, Amarillo, Falconer’s Flight & Horizon Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.

New Belgium – Blackberry Barleywine: 10.0% ABV – 50 IBU – Fort Collins/CO
Blackberry Barleywine channels the elegant spirit of a classic English barleywine, but with a kiss of blackberry. A deep wash of caramelized sugar and toasted bread, courtesy of Caramel Munich malts, adopts subtle laces of floral fruit for a proper pairing.

Moylans – Old Blarney Barleywine: 10.0% ABV – Navato/CA         
Our Barleywine Style Ale is a rich and heavy ale brewed to a high gravity. Massive body, mouthfeel and hoppiness. Barleywines are the “brandy” of the ale world. A great sipping ale, and a perfect finish to any meal.

Ask us about our flights too!

 

 

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Pumpkin Beer Fest!

Pumpkin Beer Fest ~ Sunday October 25th to Saturday October 31st!

These are not your father’s pumpkin beers! Check out the events and beers on tap below. 

From dark and mysterious to spicy and delicate, you’ll come away with a whole new appreciation for pumpkin style beer. We will have 6 rotating pumpkin beers on tap all week!

Not in to pumpkin beers? Not to worry, we also have 34 other taps of cider, wine, soda, kumbucha and nitro toddy coffee. You can always check our live tap list here!

Pumpkin Beer Package – $28
-Includes an exclusive 16 oz. Dram Shop Pumpkin Beer Fest Glass, plus event card for each of the 6 pumpkin beers on tap! Be sure to reserve your glass and card now while supplies last!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pumpkin Beer Flight – $10
Flights of 6 different 5 oz. servings of pumpkin beers, with tasting notes.

The Pearl’s Pub Grub Menu
Special menu items from The Pearl Cafe will be paired with our pumpkin beers! You can order off the menu right from The Dram Shop! Available Monday-Saturday 5-9pm. You call it in, they serve it to you at The Dram Shop.

Haunted Halloween House Workshop with Taste Buds Kitchen (Sunday Oct. 25th 4-5pm)
Bring your spooky chef and get creative decorating your very own haunted house with unlimited candy and icing in this special parent/child Halloween workshop! Costumes encouraged. $35/parent-child pair + $20 for any additional houses. Call 406-616-2837 or register online to reserve your house today!

Opening Line-Up:

1. Great Burn – Pumpkin Beer

2. Red Hook – Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter

3. Elysian – Dark of the Moon Pumpkin Stout

4. Elysian – The Great Pumpkin – Imperial Pumpkin Ale.

5. Elysian – Punkuccino – Pumpkin Ale

6. Philipsburg – 5 Phantoms – Pumpkin Barley Wine

 New Belgium – Pumpkick – Spiced Seasonal Ale

Leinenkugel’s – Harvest Patch Shandy

The Traveler Beer Co. – Jack-O Traveler Shandy.