Brewery Saloon

In 1894, the two-year-old Brewery Saloon—then a one-story, twenty-five-by-sixty-foot building—served Kalispell draft beer for five cents a glass. Lunch was free. One of Main Street’s first brick buildings, the saloon featured an oak and mahogany bar, French mirrors, and brass trim. German immigrants Charles and Henry Lindlahr owned the saloon as well as the Kalispell Malting and Brewing Company. In 1900, Charles added a second story to house the exclusive, men-only Kalispell Club. The club offered reception, reading, and billiard rooms. Expansion continued in 1901 with the addition of Kalispell’s first bowling alley and second-floor card rooms and bathrooms. By 1919, James Jorgenson and Albert Dreessen owned the building, which they renamed The Palm. The Palm survived Prohibition by selling fishing and smoking supplies, gifts, candy, lunches, and fountain drinks and by opening the bowling alley once a week to women. In the 1970s, the building was renovated and the exterior was covered with modern metal and brick. Using historic photographs for reference, the original Victorian façade was meticulously reconstructed in 2001. 

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Brewery Saloon, street view

Brewery Saloon, street view

120 Main May 2000 (verso) b&w print | Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana | Creator: Unidentified photographer View File Details Page

Brewery Saloon, street view

Brewery Saloon, street view

120 Main March 2001 Ground floor construction hidden by temporary plywood front. Second floor awaiting window installation. Ornamental wood trim in front being restored by 93 wood products (verso) b&w print | Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana | Creator: Unidentified photographer View File Details Page

Brewery Saloon, street view

Brewery Saloon, street view

This photo, dated by Kathy McKay to 1901 or 1902 shows main st. and the "Brewery Saloon." Inscription on the back of origional photo said 4th of July parade with Charlie Conrad riding the leading horse (verso) b&w print | Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana | Creator: Unidentified photographer View File Details Page

Brewery Saloon, interior

Brewery Saloon, interior

Photo approx. 1910 showing, interior of first floor looking toward front door. Picture window front is being restored tin ceiling will remain (verso) b&w print | Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana | Creator: Unidentified photographer View File Details Page

Street Address:

102 South Main Street, Kalispell, Montana [map]

Cite this Page:

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Brewery Saloon,” Explore Big – Montana's Historic Places, accessed March 24, 2017, http://explorebig.org/items/show/465.

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