Brian Doyle – Beerchaser Eternal

“Many of my friends are people I’ve never met; I counted Brian Doyle in that group.” The above quote – from a piece by the editor of the Georgia Review – the University of Georgia’s journal of arts and letters, was one … Continue reading

Beerchaser of the Quarter – Author and Wine Drinker, Brian Doyle

I knew that I had to meet and have a beer with Portland author and editor, Brian Doyle,  when I saw the Portland Tribune article – “An Egghead Walks Into a Bar.”  It reports on his work with University of Portland alum and … Continue reading

BS Revisited – If Only I had Known in 2012!

“The realms of advertising and of public relations, and the nowadays closely related realm of politics, are replete with instances of bullshit so unmitigated that they can serve among the most indisputable and classic paradigms of the concept.” When I … Continue reading

How Jack and Jan McGowan SOLV(E) the Equation

Meet Jan and Jack McGowan, the first Beerchasers-of-the-Quarter in 2020. Oregon Governor Tom McCall, the founder of SOLV, once said, ”Heroes are not statues framed against a red sky.  They are individuals who say,  ‘This is my community and it … Continue reading

The Woodsman Tavern Strikes a Chord

Thebeerchaser’s Tour of Bars, Taverns and Pubs has resulted in visits and reviews of over 200 establishments since its inception in 2011 – not only in Portland, but all over Oregon, the US and even a few in Europe.   … Continue reading

Mark Edlen – Beerchaser of the Quarter

“I briefly met Mark Edlen when we were both on the U of O Daily Emerald board together. Flash forward forty-five years, his firm Gerding Edlen has had a profound impact on our city, with the Brewery Blocks standing out … Continue reading

Thebeerchaser’s 2017 Annual Report

I would suggest that 2017 was a year of good cheer – but isn’t that what you would expect from the author of a blog entitled “Thebeerchaser.”  While there were national and international events which make me shudder, the following … Continue reading

Beerchaser Miscellany – Fall of 2017

The Brooklyn Park Pub – Revisiting the First Stop on Thebeerchaser’s Tour of Bars, Taverns and Pubs and One of My Favorite Bartenders Seven years ago, when I decided to implement my crazy idea as a retirement hobby, I was … Continue reading

Father Martin Grassel Beerchaser-of-the-Quarter

Father Martin Grassel, O.S.B., is a monk who lives at Mount Angel Abbey, his residence for the last eighteen years.   He is the Abbey’s Procurator – the equivalent of the Chief Financial Officer and has responsibilities for technology, human resources, … Continue reading

Amy Faust – Beerchaser-of-the-Quarter (and Mandolinist…)

It’s 4:40 AM on a weekday morning and Amy Faust reluctantly rolls out of bed after having racked up about 7 hours and 10 minutes of sleep – if you count the half-hour she spent reading her latest novel as slumber time. This has been … Continue reading