Before this table grows some legs and gets off the ground, lets talk about the meaning of the stammtisch. Stammtisch loosely translated equates to the “regular’s table.” Dating back over centuries the stammtisch has been a venerable piece of furniture lining the dining hall, cafe, or bar of many a German drinkeries. This table much like Roman bath houses, Turkish tea houses and the old fashioned town square style meetings have fostered a means of open thought and dialogue. Reserved for the regular customers and established as local pillars for clearing the air, we look to embrace a piece of brewed tradition.
To quote a 2006 article from Spiegel Online, international:“A Stammtisch is a table permanently reserved for the family and friends of a bar’s owner — also known as the Stammgäste, or “family guests.” But more than merely being a piece of furniture, the Stammtisch is where a number of German character traits come together in one place: beer drinking, conviviality, and a deeply ingrained penchant for speaking authoritatively on any given subject.”
More to come on the goings-on later in the week. But before you go please let us entertain you with some Schuhplattlern by a group of Germans that recently heard of Roc Brewing: