The Dram Shop

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By in Community, Events 0

Community Hand Up!

The Dram Shop Community Hand Up Events!

Our ‘Community Hand Up’ program is a way for The Dram Shop to help out a community that has supported us in so many ways over the years. There’s no shortage of either good will or need in our town, and there’s always a creative way of going about fulfilling those needs. We find that in a town like Missoula, people are less often looking for a ‘hand out’, but more a ‘hand up’. By that we mean a collaborative way of helping one another, getting the word out about causes, having fun, and yes, even raising some money together.

Every other Tuesday evening from 5:00-9:00 pm we partner with a local non-profit organization or cause to give them a place to meet up, get some information out to folks, and raise some money. The success of these events are dependent on the non-profit organization’s ability to promote the ‘Community Hand Up’ night, and we do our part by providing a great evening of high quality beverages and friendly staff, and by donating $1 from each pint sold that evening. In the end it’s a community evening, and the real magic happens by spending some time visiting with one another.

To apply for a Community Hand Up at The Dram Shop, download the HandUpApplication.

FAQ:

Q: How do I sign-up my non-profit?
A: Please download the application and follow the directions stated on the application. Keep in mind this is an application and we can’t guarantee a spot.

Q: Can we hand out materials at the event?
A: Yes. We will have a designated table for your group. You are responsible for set-up, clean up and taking any leftover materials with you.

Q: Can we have a raffle or ask for donations?
A: Yes, at your designated table. Please do not solicit directly to other Dram Shop patrons. Our shop will still be open to the public during this night.

Q: What time is the fundraiser, and when do we receive the donation?
A: The Dram Shop will donate $1 of each pint sold that evening between 5:00-9:00p.m. You will receive your monetary donation within one month of the event.

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!

 

By in Remodel 0

An Architect’s View

guest post by John Geurts, Project Lead, McNelis Architects

The Dram Shop, a growler fill station and taproom for lovers of craft brewing in downtown Missoula, Montana is well on the way to becoming a reality with the opening now less than two weeks away.

McNelis Architects, recently licensed to practice in the State of Montana, worked with proprietors Zach and Sarah Millar to capture their conceptual vision for a family friendly environment to showcase the well-established local micro brews as well as regional offerings.

Located in the historically designated 100-year-old Missoula Mercantile Warehouse Building, the design defers to the exposed 20 foot tall brick walls and fir timbers. McNelis Architects, with John Geurts as project lead, provided complete architectural, engineering, and interior design services from site selection and initial schematic design through construction management phases including documents for all permitting and construction. Interactive virtual walk-thru renderings and shop drawings were produced in house.

New simply detailed wood and colored surfaces introduce an inviting and engaging feeling into the airy space. Stainless steel and ceramic tile surfaces support the sanitary conditions at the back bar. The carefully designed lighting considerations illuminate the appealing variety of the liquid hues as well as the rotating gallery hangings on the surrounding wall surfaces. The new bar top itself showcases sustainable engineered laminate structural fir which enters a design dialog with the original fir floor.

Plans for future growth were incorporated in the design from the inception. In coming months, new folding glass doors will open and invite patrons to enjoy covered sidewalk seating in the Rocky Mountain air.

Before: Vacant tenant space when the lease was signed with members of the Millar family.

Before: Vacant tenant space when the lease was signed with members of the Millar family.

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Proposed view from the entry.

 

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Proposed view of the bar with 32 taps.

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Stud framing for the custom built walk-in-cooler complete with electrical work.

Insulation and drywall underway and cable suspended track lighting complete.

Insulation and drywall underway and cable suspended track lighting complete.

Wall painting in progress and cabinet delivery.

Wall painting in progress and cabinet delivery.

 Completed sheet flooring, and Levi installing the back bar base cabinetry.

Completed sheet flooring, and Levi installing the back bar base cabinetry.

Back bar and bar front installation.

Back bar and bar front installation.

Bar installation and setting the cask keg display case.

Bar installation and setting the cask keg display case with Damian Mast & Co.

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By in Behind the Scenes 0

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.

By in History 1

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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Selection of new glassware and growlers … Get yours now!

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