Construction is under way at 1720 Fairmount Avenue in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia, where Mt. Airy's Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver of Earth Bread + Brewery plan to open the doors of another brewpub this fall.
Bar Hygge and Brewery Techne will be a collaborative effort between the Mt. Airy duo and Conshohocken's Stew and Julie Keener of the Baggataway Tavern.
"It's a good partnership because we each bring something different to the table," Baker said, noting that while he will be handling the brewery side, Julie Keener is not just a restaurateur, but a sommelier. The brewpub will not only offer their house beers (six to eight taps), but a full bar of four guest taps, wine and specialty cocktails.
So what's with the name? The word 'hygge' is a Danish term that doesn't quite translate into English, Baker explained. Have you ever been sitting around a candlelit table, full of family and friends? Maybe there's a light breeze and a bottle of wine and you've been reminiscing and you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? Well, that's hygge.
"The closest translation is 'cozy camaraderie,'" Baker said. "That's the sense we hope to evoke with the food, the drink and the atmosphere at Bar Hygge."
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