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2017 Missoula Craft Beer Week at The Dram!

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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!!!

Click here to view all Missoula Craft Beer Week events around town!

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!

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!

 

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The Growler Lovers Holiday Gift Guide

Check out our 5 brand new items for the holiday season! We’ve got something to drink from, something to keep it bubbly, and something to transport your favorite brews, wines or sodas with. Take one to your next holiday gathering, and don’t forget the glassware! These items also make excellent gifts! In stock locally, or you can purchase from our website and we’ll ship it!

1. 64 oz. Handcrafted ceramic growlers from Portland Growler Co. (white) — $69
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2. 64 oz. Handcrafted ceramic growlers from Portland Growler Co. (blue) — $69

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3. 32 oz. cobalt blue flip-top growler — $10
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4. Footed holiday beer glass — $7
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5. Don’t finish a growler in a few days? This growl tap keeps your beer fresh and carbonated longer — $50growlertap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DIY: Sandwich Board on a Budget

So we needed a sidewalk sign for in front of our shop in order to let people know where we are and that we’re open for business. Luckily, John Geurts from McNelis Architects was excited about making a drawing for us to work off of.

We decided to use some of the same materials that we had used on the interior of the shop in order to tie things together. After getting our powder coated schedule 40 pipe, Kee Klamp fittings, and and rotating castors, we were ready to put it all together. The great thing about Kee Klamp is that all you need is an allen wrench.

Here’s what the frame looked like:

Bare bones frame

Bare bones frame

Next we fastened ‘nailer boards’ to the frame via rotating Kee Klamp tabs. These will be used to fasten the boards that will make up the face of the sign. And yes, that’s our garage.

Speaking of which, it was time to find the wood to use for said face of the sign. We chose some reclaimed tongue and groove boards from Home Resource, our local reused construction materials store, and cut them to length on the chop saw.

You can see that the tongue and groove look a little rough on the edges of these boards. They would need to be ripped off on the table saw. Here’s a shot of them halfway milled. You can see that some grooves are still present.

After taking off all of the tongue and Groove we eased the edges of the boards by ripping a ¼” 45 degree angle along the edges. This would offer some relief on the face of the sign and match up well with some of the detail on the interior of the shop.

Now it was time to break out the stain and put a nice coat on the boards…

After everything was dry we attached the boards to the nailers on the sign via stainless bolts. Everything on the sign is either stainless, aluminum, or galvanized to avoid rust as the sign will be outdoors most of the time! We’re getting close!

Next we had two of our logo laser cut out of aluminum by Pro Construction Services here in Missoula. We drilled holes through the aluminum so we could bolt it onto the wooden slats that make up the face of the sign.

We affixed an aluminum logo to each side of the sign, and we’re finally done! We now have an attractive sidewalk sign, that is heavy enough to resist high winds, and can be moved around on casters.

A job like this can REALLY make you thirsty!

 

 

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The Story of the Growler—”Rush the Growler!”

For a lot of folks these days the growler has become a ubiquitous part of life. Often times, the story goes something like this: You have a small herd of growlers roaming around somewhere between your kitchen and garage. You cull a couple from the herd here and there to take down to your local brewery or growler fill station and fill them to the brim with your favorite beverage. You take them home or on an adventure, and enjoy the libation within a few days. You try to remember to rinse them out when they’re empty. We emphasize the word ‘try’ here. Then, they probably roll around in the backseat of your car for a while before being returned to the herd. And the process can begin again…

That story may sound familiar, or maybe not, but the history of the growler in the U.S. has more in common with the way we use them now than you might think. And in many ways, The Dram Shop’s model is more similar historically to the way growlers were used originally in this country.

The use of growlers was, as is usual, a case of necessity being the mother of invention. It may be hard to believe, but there was a time in this country when beer was largely unavailable outside of a tavern or saloon. In the mid 1800’s, with the lack of pasteurization and modern bottling techniques, large scale bottling was practically non-existent. Bottles that were available were out of the price range of ordinary citizens. It sounds crazy, we know. And apparently folks back then thought so too, which is why growlers came to be used.

Growlers originally were buckets made of tin, glass, or pottery that would be brought to a tavern and filled on the spot. The growlers would then be taken to a job site or home, often times by a young men referred to as “bucket boys.”

The "Bucket Boys"

The “Bucket Boys”

The process of growler delivery was called “rushing the growler,” as most growlers had no lids and were to be consumed immediately. This began the tradition of a growler being for fresh beer. We like to think of them as a ‘mobile pitcher’.  Multiple growlers would be carried by hanging the handles on a pole. The pole would then be carried, moving 6-8 growler buckets at once.

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As the temperance movement that eventually brought about prohibition in 1920 gained speed, the act of filling growlers was outlawed in as many as twenty cities across the US. The proud tradition then lay dormant until it was revived by the modern craft beer industry in the late 1980’s.

So the next time you stop by The Dram Shop to fill a growler, and you don’t have time to stay for a cold one, just tell us you’d love to stay but you’ve got to “Rush the growler!”

Although we don’t sell tin buckets as growlers, we do sell a variety of glass, insulated and plastic growlers (for wine too!) to fit your needs. Here are our three different size amber glass growlers, and you can find more on our shop page. 

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Read more about The Dram Shop in the Missoulian’s Business Section and in the Missoula Independent’s recent “12 Things to Love About Missoula” (see #4)

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Open For Business!

As we rub the sleep out of our eyes on this Wednesday morning we suddenly realize, The Dram Shop is open!

These last weeks have been a blur of long days and nights, incredible hard work from friends and family, and of course frantic last minute preparations. In fact, we procured our Business License and Certificate of Occupancy around lunchtime on a Thursday, finally got our point-of-sale system set up at 2:30 p.m. and our private opening began at 4:00 p.m. Plenty of time to spare I kept telling myself.

And what has been the best part so far? It’s really hard to say, so maybe I should just stick with the laundry list approach. We’ve dealt with the shock of seeing our saw dust laden construction site go from filthy to beautiful almost overnight. And it turns out, you really can put lipstick on a pig. We’ve gotten to see reactions from friends, family, and colleagues as they see our place for the first time, which is just too much fun. We’ve had the pleasure of being on the receiving end of so many congratulatory messages, it’s overwhelming, but in that awesome way. But the most satisfying thing we’ve seen, is people coming through the front door, ordering a beer, and filling up a growler to take home with them. And it remains a bit hard to believe that we can already provide this service for folks. It seems like only yesterday we were trying to figure out what the best floor plan for our place would be.

Framing the cooler

Framing the cooler

Framing the bar

Framing the bar

Cabinets hung, bar top being built

Cabinets hung, bar top being built

Building shelves, pony walls, bench

Building shelves, pony walls, bench

In truth, there’s really far too many people to thank. We had so much help along the way, it’s really been a very humbling experience. So if you are one of those folks, we can’t really say how much we appreciate the support. And if you’re not one of those folks, well, come on by for a drink and we can fix that problem in a hurry!

Cheers!
Zach and Sarah

Hours:
Tuesday-Thursday 12-9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 12-10 p.m.
Sunday 12-6 p.m.