The Dram Shop

Oktoberfest

Why is Oktoberfest in September?

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!

Cheers!

-Zach Millar & The Dram Team

September Events: Oktoberfest, Wine Tasting, Tap Takeovers, and a Date Night!

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!

Cheers,
The Dram Shop Team

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!

 

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Beer, Brats and Funny Hats—It’s Oktoberfest!

OKTOBERFEST!
Sunday, September 20th,
2:00-9:00pm!

Celebrate the change of seasons with our friends at Le Petit Outre and FairEnds, while sampling a variety of takes on the Oktoberfest style of beer!

We’re featuring six different Oktoberfest Beers on tap with Flights available.  

Le Petit is serving German Style Pretzels (paired with mustards!)

Covered Wagon will be parked out front serving German Sausages and Kraut from 4:30-8:30pm.

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for, 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 Sept 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:

For various reasons, we have access to only one of these beers for our Oktoberfest on Sunday. We’ll have the Hofbräu Oktoberfest beer on tap as well as other German, domestic, and local Oktoberfest beers!

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