Timber Bar – the quintessential drinker from Big Timber | Food and cooking
Mel is passionate about beer and her penchant for beers has influenced the liquid offerings available. There are 14 beers on tap, with around 25 kegs stored in the back cooler and basement, aging conveniently until turned. Mel goes on to say, “We have a lot of specialty casks, but one interesting thing that we do is have a Bad Santa vertical every year. We will be putting kegs from 2019, 2020 and 2021 of this Eisbock beer made at Bayern Brewing in Missoula in December. I’ll leave it to Eisbock fans to consider a December trip to the Timber Bar.
The Timber Bar has found favor with beer lovers who use the Untapped app. Not being a beer drinker, Mel explains to me how this social media platform works. It’s a bit of a scavenger hunt for beer lovers looking to earn badges for trying a variety of beers from around the world. People signed in to the app can log in, rate the beer, and share what they’ve had at the Timber Bar with their friends.
Beyond the liquid offerings, the bar is known for its consistently excellent food. You would expect to find bar food in the form of burgers, fries, sandwiches, salads, and chicken wings, which are all part of the menu. Beef, lamb and pork come from Pioneer Meats. The daily soup selections are homemade, including the Wisconsin beer soup topped with popcorn and the spaghetti soup, which I found to be very tasty.
But the Timber Bar has a few distinctive choices. The Herder Burger includes 1/2 pound of local Big Timber lamb served with tzatziki sauce and homemade chips. Blue cheese crumbs and jalapenos can be added to the lamb burger. The Big Arn is named after Melissa’s grandfather, Arnold. It’s a deluxe burger topped with a loaded sauce and pickles, served with beer fries and a creamy coleslaw. When I ask about the loaded sauce, Mel smiles, saying, “I call it old man’s sauce because my mom always puts it on burgers.” It’s just a mix of ketchup, mustard, and relish.