WHITEFISH, Mont. – May 24, 2011 — The final stage of a two-phase structural improvement project will begin this summer at the Bierstube in Whitefish Mountain Resort’s upper village. The Bierstube has been a part of the mountain’s culture since the 1950s and was named one of the “Top 10 great places for après-ski nightlife” by USA Today in February 2011. The business has been located in its present building since 1967. The building is owned by Whitefish Mountain Resort.
“The Bierstube has played a significant role in shaping the mountain culture of this resort,” Whitefish Mountain Resort President Dan Graves said. “We feel strongly, as part of our commitment to preserve the ski area’s heritage, we want to extend its life for years to come.”
Phase one was completed during the fall of last year before the start of the 2010-2011 ski season after the discovery that the building was beginning to lean. Engineering analysis revealed the need to raise the building’s north east corner and pour new concrete. Phase two will focus on the south and west sides of the building where new concrete will be poured for footings and improvements to the building’s foundation. No changes will be made to the interior which plans to open this June 18 when Whitefish Mountain Resort summer operations begin.
“The Bierstube means a lot of things to a lot of people, we have visitors who come back every year, some who come in after 10, 20 years and thank us for being here,” said Bierstube owner and operator Scott McIntosh. “We are excited that the future of the Bierstube is solidified. Whitefish Mountain Resort has been great to work with and their commitment to the Bierstube means a lot to us.”
The Bierstube is an important Whitefish Mountain Resort landmark and essential après-ski for visitors. The “Stube,” as it is locally known, frequently hosts live music, and is home to the famous “Frabert, Clod of the Week” awards every Wednesday during ski season. In the summer, Bierstube is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.