Happiest Hour: Soul City Kölsch 

Jeez, how hot can it get? Missoula's felt like the inside of a rotisserie oven the past few weeks, and we've been on a constant hunt for a cool escape—besides, you know, floating the river. We're pretty sure we found it...

Brewing hard, or hardly brewing? Draught Works co-owner Jeff Grant, making the beer happen.
  • Draught Works co-owner Jeff Grant, making the whole beer thing happen.

This week: Soul City Kölsch, from Draught Works

What you’re drinking: She’s a beaut. Light, crisp, lip-smackingly tasty—a real tall drink of, well, beer. Draught Works tapped its latest seasonal on August 22: Soul City Kölsch, named, obviously, for Missoula. Co-owner and brewer Jeff Grant says the latest round of scorcher weather and the sweat beading on their customers’ foreheads were duly noted by the brewery. Soul City is their answer. “Hot as July was, we were ready to do a refreshing, great, summer patio beer.”

The backstory: Draught Works regulars are already familiar with the brewery’s altbier, a type of beer with origins in Düsseldorf, Germany. Kölsch hails from Cologne, just across the Rhine, and the two use the same ale yeast strain. The big difference with kölsch is that, unlike altbier, it’s cold-conditioned—or lagered—after fermentation. Hence the summer-beeriness. “Hopefully it gets us through the hot days,” Grant says.

Why you should get some, now: Besides the fact that the temperature might start to slump, Draught Works’s seasonals aren’t around forever. And Soul City has taken off. In its first two days alone, it was a top seller. The brief tap life of seasonals is largely due to the fact that Draught Works has five flagship beers, Grant explains. It’s been tough to find room for new brews without disrupting the likes of Scepter Head IPA and Gwin Du Oatmeal Stout. But the brewery’s getting better at “sneaking more in,” Grant says. They have two more seasonals on deck for September. As brewers, Grant says, “we like making new things.”

Where to find it: Soul City’s being poured noon to 8 p.m., Sunday through Sunday, at the Draught Works Brewery. That’s 915 Toole Avenue, on the Northside.

Happiest Hour celebrates western Montana watering holes. To recommend a bar, bartender or beverage for Happiest Hour, e-mail editor@missoulanews.com.

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