What’s going on: The Dram Shop is hosting a tap takeover by Squatters Pub Brewery. Dram Shop owner Zach Millar considers these events part of his mission: to educate customers on beer, let them sample the wares of new breweries and learn about their own palates.

What you’re drinking: Four brews from Salt Lake City’s Squatters Pub Brewery will be on tap. The Hell’s Keep Belgian Golden just won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival, and its sweeter taste makes for a great ski beer. For the hophead, the light, bright Off Duty IPA and its jacked-up cousin (at a whopping 9 percent ABV), Hop Rising Double IPA, are brewery flagships. Then there’s Outer Darkness, an aptly named, thick-bodied Russian Imperial Stout. You can shine a flashlight on the side of a pint glass and see just a black hole with a chocolate-milk head.

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Who brewed it: Squatters was founded in 1989 by two dudes who love beer, biking and skiing. Current master brewer Jason Stock can be seen posing with a pitchfork on the label of his Double IPA.

When you’re drinking it: Feb. 7, from 5 to 9 p.m. Rumor has it that the brewers may be on site to talk about their craft. Try a flight of all four beers for $10.

Where to find it: At the Dram Shop Growler Fill Station and Tap Room, 229 E. Front St., next to the Pearl Cafe.

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

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