The “About” tab of this blog states that the Tour of Portland Pubs and Bars by Thebeerchaser, will essentially be that — reviews of Portland establishments which are so numerous that the goal of visiting all sometimes seems insurmountable. However, this general guideline can be waived if there are “compelling circumstances.”
A several day visit to Olympic National Park in Washington (a wonderful treasure in our own “backyard”) was followed by a one-night stay in Port Townsend, WA and resulted in a “compelling circumstance.”
We had picked up a brochure entitled, “Olympic Culinary Loop Adventure Map“ with a listing entitled Pourhouse stating, “Explore craft beer! Twelve rotating taps and 200 different bottled beers for here or to go…..beer garden on the beach with outdoor games.” The name of this bar brought to mind prior history lessons regarding Depression Work Farms or scenes of Poor Houses and evoked memories of two quotes from the era:
“Uncle claims that if he files his income tax wrong he’ll go to jail, and if he files it right he’ll go to the poorhouse.”
And of course, Will Rogers’ 1930 quote, “The United States is the only country ever to go to the poorhouse in an automobile.”
I’m inclined to think that based on some of his statements on alcohol that Rogers would approve (and possibly even visit Pourhouse if he were still around.) To wit: “Communism is like prohibition, it is a good idea, but it won’t work.”
“Prohibition is better than no alcohol at all.”
On a Thursday night after a superb dinner at Port Townsend’s Silverwater Cafe, Thebeerchaser and spouse decided to check it out, although the innocuous entrance made us wonder if it would have the same ambiance as our motel — None!
What a pleasant surprise. Pourhouse – just opened in February 2012 – was hopping. Yerda (pronounced Gerda) the bartender, was extremely friendly and helpful. She explained their twelve rotating taps of craft beer and we had two superb glasses:
And the claim about 200 bottled beers was no exaggeration as shown by the photo below:
But what made Pourhouse distinctive was the crowd. Three cyclists were drinking at the bar and immediately started chatting with us.
The beer garden right on the water and with a nice view of the Olympics was hopping and included tourists and locals (a lot with their dogs) socializing, eating and drinking good beer.
And the reviews were unanimous in their praise:
And you left out the most important “compelling circumstance”. Twenty five years ago, you and the spouse celebrated my wedding in Port Townsend. Happy Anniversary, Beerchaser!
Thanks for the comment, MJ. In fact, we drove by the church and the inn where we stayed when you and thebeerchaser’s youngest brother tied the knot in 1987.