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Kalispell Craft Beer Restaurant Opens With Help From Montana & Idaho CDC

Montana’s first Brass Tap craft beer bar and restaurant will open Monday, Feb. 6, at
85 Treeline Road in Kalispell after receiving financing through Three Rivers Bank of Montana and the
Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation. At Kalispell Brass Tap, craft beer enthusiasts
will be able to order from an expansive menu of brews from around Montana and the world, and enjoy
high‐end pub fare in an upscale environment.

“Kalispell Brass Tap is an upscale craft beer bar and full restaurant,” said franchise owner Sean
Andrachick. “We will have 69 beers on tap, including over 30 local Montana beers and five nitro taps.”
Kalispell Brass Tap will serve high‐end, handmade pub fare, including Angus beef burgers, shrimp, prime
rib sandwiches, flatbreads and house‐made tater tots. Kalispell Brass Tap will also have 16 65‐inch TVs,
happy hour specials and weekly live music.

Sean is passionate about craft beer and supporting new and local breweries.

“We support all the local breweries in the Flathead Valley and bring in beers all the way from Belt,
Missoula and Madison River. And we are always looking for new breweries that are just starting out,” he
said.

Kalispell Brass Tap isn’t the Andrachicks’ first business. After building a successful trucking business, he
and his wife Sandra were looking for a new venture that would fit their interests, be unique in Kalispell
and be accepted by the community.

“We were attracted to the franchise because Brass Tap provides us with a lot of support in starting and
growing the business, but also gives us a lot of control over the beer and food we offer. You can bring on
local stuff and be a part of the community,” Sean said.

However, Sean and Sandra quickly realized that they wouldn’t be able to afford to build the business
without a loan, so they sought financing through Three Rivers Bank and the Montana & Idaho CDC to
reach their goal.

“We knew that we wouldn’t be able to afford to build the business without a loan,” Sean said. “A.J.
Spear at Three Rivers Bank introduced us to Montana & Idaho CDC.”

While Three Rivers Bank provided most of Sean’s financing, they turned to Montana & Idaho CDC to
help fill the gap.

“We are excited to be able to support so many business startups and small businesses that are not able
to get financing, in whole or in part, from their bank,” said Dave Glaser, CEO and President of Montana
& Idaho CDC. “In the case of Kalispell Brass Tap, we are glad to have been able to work with Three Rivers
Bank to provide Sean with the funding he needed to realize his business goals.”

“Three Rivers Bank of Montana is very excited to do the financing for Kalispell Brass Tap,” said King,
President at Three Rivers Bank. “It’s in an outstanding location near lots of retail, lodging, Flathead
Valley Community College and the Kids Sports Complex. As a former soccer dad, when the kids hit the
pools after a long day on the field, the Brass Tap would have been great place for adults to go.”