Montana

tom@americantom.com

 

The crown. The mark of royalty. This symbol denotes a tavern with an overall excellence that exceeds the norm.

 The foamy mug marks a specific  feature that is noteworthy.

Normally when a bar goes out of business the location will never again house a tavern. Often the liquor license is sold to a distant entity.  The phoenix marks pubs that have defied the odds and reopened after having been silenced.

Not every pub that says its Irish is Irish but the ones that are and the ones that have great St Patrick's Day events will be identified with this brand.

The screw. The sign of gross injustice or disservice.  AmericanTom believes that people go to their local watering hole to escape their day to day grind and troubles.  In a way, servers and barkeeps are like actors - orchestrating a great play whose cast are their customers. Some of the things that can generate a screw are: great disparity between how regulars and visitors are treated, rudeness or utter incompetence.

Most businesses have a neutral attitude toward motorcyclists.   The HD logo marks taverns that openly welcome those who arrive on scooters.

Inflation sucks. It sucks away your buying power.  If you can still buy a beer for one dollar - you will see this sign.

Seafood is a class of food all by itself.  Clams have little competition - few foods are better when done well and few foods can cause more problems when improperly served. See the clam next to a bar's name and it shows where tasty clams have been enjoyed!

I like Reading, PA. In spite of being Pennsylvania's most dangerous city there are a lot of cool things to do here. One of the best is that "our" beer is back. You can have your big, national (and often foreign-owned) brands.        I  am happy that Old Gus has come home!  Taverns serving this delicious brew will have this icon.

Have a cold one on the deck!

DOUG's MONTANA BAR & GRILL
113 Mullan Rd West   Superior   MT   59872    406-822-9983

 

<08-19-03>  Staying in the Thompson Peak Lookout tower was what brought me to Superior, Montana (about an hr north of Missoula).  This really modern tower included a refrigerator and stove so I intended to take food and beer to the tower and make my meal there. For whatever reason, I changed my mind & decided to drive the ten miles up to the tower, unload, and then drive back down to the store. I guess I was just looking for any reason to drive my Ford Escape around the fantastic Montana dirt roads. As luck would have it, a dry lightning storm moved into the area and it was just before sunset when it passed.  Watching the clouds and lightning roll by was so spectacular that I worked up a tremendous thirst. 

Driving down to Superior I quickly found this bar and walked in. I was the only customer at the time. I said hello to the barmaid and replied with "Are you from Pennsylvania?".