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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. 

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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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Watch: Women’s World Cup, U.S. WNT vs. Nigeria

We will be airing the U.S. WNT vs Nigeria Soccer game at 6:00 pm! With a newly installed TV, we’ll cheer on USA as they try and secure the top spot in Group D. This will be the first of many events that we will air, including the upcoming Tour de France!

If you’re feeling hungry, The Pearl Restaurant right next door offers a special Pub Grub Menu in which you can call in an order and they will deliver it here. Market on Front also offers a yummy flat-bread menu. As always, feel free to bring in your own food, order a pizza or nosh on some of our in house snacks.

Go USA!!!

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What is a Dram?

Why exactly did we name our place ‘The Dram Shop’ you may be wondering? Well, it’s sort of a long story, so here goes. First off, we love the term. Second, our business happens to be located in the Historic Missoula Mercantile Warehouse Building, and we like to think that sets us up within a unique historical perspective. And it turns out the history of the term ‘dram’ is rich.

Missoula Mercantile Warehouse. Photo taken between 1900-1910.

Missoula Mercantile Warehouse. Photos taken between 1900-1910.

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Here’s what you need to know in order to wow your friends at the next BBQ:

From its origin, a ‘dram’ refers to a unit of measurement. Most folks who are familiar with the term relate it to its more recent Celtic application, referring to a ‘thimble full’, usually of liquor. But more accurately, the term was used in the modern apothecaries system until the mid-20th century, even here in the U.S., defined as exactly 1/8th of an ounce.

If you follow the term further into the past however, you find that it dates back to the term ‘drachma’ in ancient Greece. It was used for both a measure of weight and the name for a coin. Often times, it was used to mean a “handful’, as a unit of measurement. Now that’s an awesome measurement, and don’t think we haven’t thought about it!

But back to our story… Romans subsequently used the term ‘dram’ for a unit of measurement, and also as a noun for currency. This usage was followed by the Ottoman Empire, and then the Celts. It’s still used today in several Middle Eastern nations, as well as in Armenia as the name of its modern currency, the Drachma.

It’s a long history we know. But, we think it’s a great fit. We’re selling beverages that are enjoyed by many people from all over the world, and we’re selling them in specific units of measurement, right here on historic Front Street.

So the next time somebody asks you; “What’s a Dram anyway?” you’ll have something to talk about.

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