When searching for a word to describe the taproom at Kalispell Brewing Company, we often come up short. It’s a special place that means many things to many different people. “Community gathering space” seems to be the one folks reach to most frequently, but we are here to tell you that the Germans have one word for it. It happens to be the perfect word, albeit fairly hard to say, but is especially fitting with our affinity for German beers.
gemütlichkeit. PRONUNCIATION: (guh-myoot-lish-KYT)
Gemütlichkeit is a German word that means warm friendliness, comfort and coziness, and it’s often used to describe the warm and welcoming atmosphere of bars that can be found on neighborhood corners and on main streets of friendly towns. The word also has a broader and more important connotation that Randy Mosher of Tasting Beer describes as “cousin-ness.” He refers to “a sense of easy community, where people in a certain space have decided to put aside differences and suspicions and continuously work at being convivial.”
KBC and our brewing neighbors know that the real reason breweries revitalize communities is that it brings people out of their homes and sitting next to their neighbors. Our taproom doesn’t have a television for a reason. In the spirit of gemütlichkeit, we want you to sit at the bar and strike up a conversation with the person next to you, whomever that may be. We guarantee you’ll learn something new, and you’ll be flowing with that warm cozy gemütlichkeit feeling when you leave.