1. being a superlative of its kind and class
2. to an extreme or excessive degree
It’s probably an ambitious choice to attach said word in your business name. You better mean it and deliver the goods with gusto.
I can honestly say Überbrew lives up to its chosen moniker in atmosphere, food and of course beer.
Only a few weeks in and they are offering up consistent, delicious smooth finishing beer and tasty, upscale pub fare.
As a beer lover, I like their philosophy in not filtering any of their brews. What they do is fine them. What does that mean? Loosely paraphrased from some brewing textbook somewhere “the fining process allows gravity to settle the yeast naturally, keeping the the flavors and proteins intact.”
Let’s do a rundown of the 7 beers currently offered.
White Noise Hefeweizen: An American style unfiltered hefeweizen – clean and unfiltered and refreshing for summer.
Golden Ticket English Summer Ale: – It is a: thirst quencher- summer seasonal- session beer with 30% wheat to lighten the body. Blending a balanced- hops with malts that also balance nicely.
Conehead IPA: An American IPA (which tend to be either very bitter or very flavorful) – this IPA is not as bitter as many out there and the flavor and aroma are accentuated. A good balance between the malt and hops. It is a hops forward beer and the bitterness balances the malt profile.
Split Window Amber: An America style amber ale -amber ales were just designated as a style guideline and are meant to be more hoppy than current styles on the market- ie: Fat Tire. Expect this follow the style guideline and be hoppier. Similar to a pale ale but has a deep malt complexity that the hops balance.
Uncalibrated Imperial Hefeweizen: A stronger more full flavored version of the White Noise- it was the first batch to go through before equipment was calibrated and it accidentally turned out to be something they loved and kept!
Razz Hands: The White Noise Hef with 84 lbs of raspberries added. A seasonal beer accentuated by the tartness of the raspberries and not overly sweet.
Dieselpunk Porter: A robust porter and a malty beer with a hop balance and some hop flavor. The focus is on the malt and caramel with hits of chocolate and toffee notes.
The story behind owners Jason Shroyer and Mark Hastings is one of friends sharing a love of beer and food over the years. Combining Jason’s business experience and Mark’s award winning brewing and restaurant experience, you get a well seasoned and highly creative team. They spent two years pouring(ha-ha) over ideas and perfecting the concept- often over breakfast at their weekly Monday morning meet up at McCormick’s Cafe.
Choosing to open not one but two businesses- restaurant and brewery- they took on a challenge, but the 2 years of planning is paying off. The brewery was built to accommodate immediate growth. They hired Sean Nystul who specializes in kitchen start ups. He consults locally and nationally and excels at crafting the kitchen crew and making a menu of ideas that work. He moves quickly and the food coming out of the kitchen is very good and consistently on target. They also brought on Andy Sulser as assistant brewer and graphic designer. He created the fun and eye catching logos and designs for the beers. Paul Morup is on board as manager and is running the front of the house in style.
Überbrew is not an occupation for Mark and Jason. It’s much more of a vocation- a big old passion. As foodies and beeries (pretty sure I just made that one up…) they have their hands in all parts of the process. Heart and soul permeating their products, the community is benefiting greatly!
Favorites are developing among the patrons with the menu. The hickory smoked chicken wings with choice of Firebird, House Hot or Whiskey sauces are a killer starter. The German Egg Roll comprised of a Bockwurst sausage and sauerkraut is a delicious twist on an old favorite. And, the Plowman’s Platter is a huge hit with Sheaf Bread, sausages, cheeses, fruit, veggies and Nutella as a one of the dipping sauces. Burgers, sausages and sandwiches rule the menu. The sausages are custom made in Butte at Western Meat Block. The burgers are hand pattied daily and the bread and buns (hotdog buns are the exception) come from Grains of Montana. The Überburger is rockin with a sliced jalapeno sausage, giardiniera (a hot Chicago style relish), sport peppers and pepper jack cheese! And the grilled meatloaf sandwich with caramelized onions is a comfort food treat.
There are a lot of well though out choices and no complaints yet.
How do I know this?
Because I’ve wanted to work at a brewery for a few years now and I picked up a couple of shifts at Überbrew.
I know, this makes me look like a big, fat suck up. The absolute truth is I would not have stayed a week had the people, beer and food not been stellar. I strongly dislike crappy stuff and crappy people. And this brewery is far from crappy!
This is an elegantly dressed space in a very raw material, unintimidating way. Growlers are on their way in about 3 weeks. As I’ve mentioned food, this is not just a tap room. Open from 11-9 you can drink beer all day (ok you can drink 3 since it’s a tap room…) and you should definitely come down for lunch!! You can find them downtown at 2305 Montana Avenue between Venture Theater and Ciao Mambo. For questions and take out: (406) 534-6960.
Can’t wait to see you!
Jodie Tenicin Smith the photo chik
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