(For a list of all Portland bars reviewed, see the blog post dated 12/26/2015 immediately below this post.)
Those who follow this blog know that Thebeerchaser’s journey, begun in August 2011, was intended to be a tour of Portland bars, taverns and pubs with observations posted on the blog. Since we had just retired and started traveling with much greater intensity than during working years, the hobby expanded to include watering holes throughout the United State and Europe. You can probably understand how that might happen!!
The “dedication” to Portland watering holes has not been compromised during the ensuing four and one-half years as evidenced by the list of 69 Portland establishments listed by sector of the City on Thebeerchaser post dated 12/26/15. The list of the bars outside Portland through August 2016 – five years since the “journey” commenced – is at the bottom of this post.
A 2013 trip to Central and Eastern Oregon with my brother-in-law, Dave Booher and his good friend, Steve Larson from Pendleton was so enjoyable that it “compelled” me to expand the geography on the bars visited. For example, stories from the Central Pastime Tavern in Burns and the Long Branch Saloon in LaGrande just had to be told.
When my wife and I visited Europe for the first time in 2013 on a Rick Steves’ Best of Europe tour – six countries in twenty-one hectic but glorious days – our experience at the Devil’s Forest Pub in Venice, the Publican Bar in Beaune France, having a brewski at 9,700 near the summit of Mt. Schilthorn, as well as being chased out of the Beer Station in Paris (the only establishment in 53 months that objected to me taking pictures in their bar) also deserved relating.
Well, you understand the story….the next year, Dave, Steve and I repeated our prior three-day journey to Oregon’s desert country in 2013 with a similar sojourn along the Central Oregon Coast.
Aided by studying the wonderful blog of author and journalist, Matt Love, entitled “Let it Pour – An unconventional drinking guide to the north and central oregon coast” – a worthy predecessor to my blog – we hit thirteen taverns in three days in Lincoln City, Newport, Depoe Bay and Pacific City.
We tasted the wonderful pizza and marveled at the Tank of Death at Depoe Bay’s Tide Pool Pub “a salt-water glass coffin….. packed with all manner of marine creatures caught by local fishermen who bucket in their curious finds and dump them in. Eels, crabs, sea bass, perch, Dick Cheney, octipi and urchins all end up in the mix.
According to the bartender, aquatic creatures regularly stage a battle royal to the death and the tank serves as a Roman arena of savagery and merciless predation – with bets slapped down and accelerated drinking when the water turns a creamy, cloudy red.” (Matt Love – “Let it Pour” blog)
We heard stories about Paul Newman’s inebriated exploits during the filming of “Sometimes a Great Notion” in Newport, by Steve the friendly bartender in the historic Bay Haven Inn and we reveled in the great bars along the coast.
Oh yeah, I forgot the “splendor” of one of the West’s great dive bars – the Sportsman Pub and Grub in Pacific City.
As I have stated before, I owe much of the “success” of this blog – 17,906 views by 14,179 visitors in 2015, to my wife, Janet’s, (Beerchaser-of-the Year in 2014) willingness to switch from her preferred beverage of wine to beer when we visited breweries.
New Belgium was our favorite in Fort Collins, Colorado. We raised mugs and talked to wonderful people in bars in Alaska (2014), Colorado (2015) and the Southeast U.S. (2015 – Atlanta, Asheville, Charleston and Savannah).
And the summer of 2015 also included outstanding visits to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks after visiting some great bars and brewpubs in Missoula and Helena, Montana. The narrative was posted in 2016.
Janet has one inviolate rule – “No dive bars for her!” I might add that this is notwithstanding my explanation on the ambiance and hospitable nature of dive bars as asserted by the author of this quote:
“Dive bars can be a wonderful thing — I’m not talking about the type of place where you’re afraid of getting a shiv in the bathroom, but a comfortable, neighborhood establishment where locals go to enjoy each other’s company and a drink or five….It’s like sitting in your own living room – only with a bunch of surly strangers who are on the verge of inebriation.”
Well, the end result appears below in a chronologic listing of bars visited outside Portland – broken down by state or country – a total of ninety-six during the 53 months of Thebeerchaser’s tour.
How to Use This List of Bars Outside Portland
The month of the posting (not the date we visited it) for each bar or pub on the list below is in the far right column, so if you want to glean some details or see pictures of a particular bar, just click on the link of the applicable month and year shown in columnar form on the right side of your computer screen and you will see each of the bars reviewed in that particular month.
You may also want to do a search in the box at the top right of the blog header although a number of the bars are mentioned in multiple posts and you might not get the most comprehensive review unless you scroll down a bit. And if you want to receive an e-mail with a link each time I do a new Beerchaser post, sign up in the small box labeled “Follow” at the lower right hand side of your screen.
|1||2012||Port Townsend, Washington||Pour House||August|
|3||2012||Astoria||Wet Monkey Cafe||September|
|4||2012||Joseph||Embers Brew Pub||October|
|1||2013||Prineville||Solstice Brew Pub||November|
|3||2013||LaGrande||Long Branch Saloon||November|
|5||2013||LaGrande||10 Depot Bar||November|
|6||2013||Baker City||Bull Ridge Brewery||Closed in 2014|
|7||2013||Baker City||Mt. Emily Ale House||November|
|8||2013||Burns||Central Pastime Tavern||November|
|9||2013||Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland||Horner Pub and Tavern||September|
|10||2013||Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland||Mt. Schilthorn Tavern||September|
|11||2013||Arnheim, Austria||Bier Brewery||July|
|12||2013||Rothenburg, Germany||Hell’s Tavern||July|
|13||2013||Amsterdam, Netherlands||Café Karperschoek||June|
|14||2013||Vernazza, Italy||Blue Marlin Café||September|
|15||2013||Beaune, France||Publican Bar||September|
|16||2013||Rome, Italy||Miscellana Café||September|
|17||2013||Venice, Italy||Devil’s Forrest Café||July|
|18||2013||Venice, Italy||Bacaro Jazz Café||July|
|19||2013||Paris, France||Beer Station||September|
|20||2013||Paris, France||La Vin Cover Café||September|
|2||2014||Anchorage||Humpy’s Great Alaskan Ale House||July|
|5||2014||Anchorage||Snow Goose Brewery||July|
|7||2014||Juneau||Red Dog Saloon||July|
|8||2014||Lincoln City||Old Oregon Saloon||September|
|9||2014||Lincoln City||Rusty Truck Brewery – Road House 101||October|
|10||2014||Pacific City||Sportsman Pub and Grub||October|
|11||2014||Pacific City||Oar House||October|
|12||2014||Pacific City||Pelican Pub and Brewery||October|
|13||2014||Lincoln City||Snug Harbor Bar and Grill||November|
|14||2014||Lincoln City||Nauti Mermaid||November|
|15||2014||Lincoln City||Cruise Inn||November|
|16||2014||Depoe Bay||Tide Pool Inn||November|
|18||2014||Newport||Bay Haven Bar||November|
|19||2014||Newport||Mad Dog Country Tavern||November|
|1||2015||Boulder||Crystal Springs Brewing||February|
|6||2015||Fort Collins||New Belgium Brewery||May|
|7||2015||Breckenridge||Gold Pan Saloon||May|
|8||2015||Fort Collins||Town Pump||May|
|9||2015||Fort Collins||Mayor of Old Town||May|
|10||2015||Colorado Springs||Ritz Bar and Grill||May|
|11||2015||Colorado Springs||Phantom Canyon Brewing||May|
|12||2015||Breckenridge||Angel Hollow Bar||May|
|13||2015||Breckenridge||Apres’ Handcrafted Libations||May|
|14||2015||Breckenridge||Ollie’s Pub and Grub||May|
|15||2015||Dillon||Dillon Dam Brewery||May|
|17||2015||Breckenridge||Broken Compass Brewery||May|
|18||2015||Atlanta, Georgia||Max’s Wine Dive||July|
|19||2015||Atlanta, Georgia||Eleventh Street Pub and Bistro||July|
|20||2015||Atlanta, Georgia||The Nook on Piedmont Park||July|
|21||2015||Asheville, North Carolina||Wicked Weed Brewery||July|
|22||2015||Asheville, North Carolina||Lexington Avenue Brewery||July|
|23||2015||Asheville, North Carolina||Jack of the Woods Public House||July|
|24||2015||Charleston, South Carolina||Blind Tiger Pub||September|
|25||2015||Charleston, South Carolina||Charleston Beer Exchange||September|
|26||2015||Charleston, South Carolina||The Gin Joint||September|
|27||2015||Charleston, South Carolina||South End Brewery and Smokehouse||September|
|28||2015||Savannah, Georgia||Pinky’s Master Lounge||September|
|29||2015||Savannah, Georgia||The Boar’s Head Grill and Tavern||September|
|30||2015||Savannah, Georgia||JJ Bonerz Sports Bar||September|
|31||2015||Savannah,Georgia||Moon River Brew Pub||September|
|1||2016||Missoula, Montana||Tamarack Brewery||February|
|2||2016||Missoula, Montana||Stockman Bar||February|
|3||2016||Missoula, Montana||Big Sky Brewing||February|
|4||2016||Missoula, Montana||Flathead Lake Brewery||February|
|5||2016||Missoula, Montana||Draught Works Brewery||February|
|6||2016||Missoula, Montana||Kettle House Brewing||February|
|7||2016||Missoula, Montana||Charlie B’s Bar||February|
|8||2016||Missoula, Montana||Oxford Bar||February|
|9||2016||Missoula, Montana||Plonk Wine Bar||February|
|10||2016||Helena, Montana||Blackfoot River Brewing||July|
|11||2016||Helena, Montana||Lewis and Clark Brewery||July|
|12||2016||Grand Teton Natl. Park||Jackson Lake Lodge Bar||July|
|13||2016||Jackson, Wyoming||Local Restaurant and Bar||July|
|14||2016||Jackson, Wyoming||Gather Food and Drink||July|
|15||2016||Jackson, Wyoming||Million Dollar Cowboy Bar||July|
|16||2016||Jackson, Wyoming||Melvin Brewing||July|
|17||2016||West Yellowstone, Wyoming||Wild West Pizzeria and Saloon||July|
|19||2016||Lihue, Kauai||Kauai Beer Company||May|
|20||2016||Lihue, Kauai||Dukes Bar and Grill||May|
|21||2016||Port Allen, Kauai||Kauai Island Brewing Company||May|
|22||2016||Lihue, Kauai||Nawiliwili Tavern||May|