Meet Zach and Sarah, proprietors of The Dram Shop at 229 East Front Street. They decided to start the business after Zach had worked at Big Sky Brewery for 11 years and wanted to start something that was an extension of the brewing industry, FUN, and a new adventure for a beer lover. Located in the old Mercantile Warehouse building since 2015, they wanted to start a tap room in a high traffic area that fit the brand of their business.
They live in the Rattlesnake, known for its good elementary school, and access to recreation. Located a short distance from the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness, an endless amount of activities can be enjoyed. They run, hike and mountain bike straight out of the front door, not to mention cross country ski during the winter months. It is also close enough to downtown that they can walk to work with the dog if desired.
The Blackfoot IPA is the most popular item they serve on tap, actually IPAs in general are well received; though they also serve Sours, Ciders, Kombucha, Shrubs, Soda and Wine on tap. Did someone say Wine?
The Dram hosts a series of different events: from takeovers which feature a specific brewer, to tastings and pairings that feature a certain style from various producers and local restaurants. This offers an educational opportunity, kind of like Beer School, but without grades. I give it an A+. Also on display is photography in a gallery style atmosphere. Pete Ferranti Landscapes will be hanging out on the walls from First Friday in February. There is no bar style happy hour, but they do run specials on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.