A “Frank” Conversation About The Grand Cafe

The Grand Café has an interesting history, both as a bar and as a restaurant.   Thebeerchaser was joined in his recent visit by some lawyers from the Schwabe Williamson law firm’s Product Liability Group – a group of “Boeing 747 pilots,” if … Continue reading

Take a Fast Trip to Slow Bar

Thebeerchaser’s Tour of Bars,Taverns and Pubs focuses on the bars themselves – the beer and the grub is incidental.  The grist of these reviews is the bar’s history, the regulars, the bartenders and the ambiance.  What distinguishes this saloon or … Continue reading

The Independent – A Maverick Among Bars….

          I ‘ve been to a number of sports bars in the five and one-half years since starting Thebeerchaser Tour of Bars, Taverns and Pubs.  Some such as the historic Claudias in southeast Portland stand out and have … Continue reading

Beerchaser Miscellany – First Quarter 2017

Thebeerchaser’s youngest daughter,Laura, married a great young man – Ryan Keene – last September 17th.  They have been on several Beerchasing expeditions previously such as Mad Son’s Pub, Stamtisch and Quincy’s (click on the name to get the link to the … Continue reading

Beerchaser Miscellany – A Compendium of Trivia and Bar-related Information

Periodically Thebeerchaser blog has a post that departs from reviewing a single bar, tavern or pub and attempts to update you on various topics that may be of interest: Thebeerchaser Tour of Bars, Tavern and Pubs –  Initiated in August, 2011, … Continue reading

The Marathon Taverna – What’s(a) in(a) a Name(a) ?(a)?

While working in downtown Portland for over thirty years, I would often promise myself that I would pay a visit to the Marathon – a bar housed in an interesting looking building on W. Burnside not too far from Providence Park … Continue reading

John R. (Jack) Faust – Fall 2014 Beerchaser-of-the-Quarter

This blog has recognized a number of individuals over the last three years as Thebeerchaser-of-the-Quarter or Month.  Why?  Because they have either distinguished themselves in their profession or for their contribution to society.  In the case of the first “honoree,” … Continue reading

The Cheerful Bullpen

One of the earlier bars reviewed on Thebeerchaser’s Tour of Portland Bars, Pubs and Taverns was the historic Cheerful Tortoise in 2012.  This noted sports bar adjacent to the campus at Portland State University is owned by Amy Nichols – … Continue reading

Thebeerchaser’s 2013 Annual Report

During the twenty-five + years I worked before retiring in 2011 at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, accountability was “part of the gig,” – the case at most large law firms.  The New Year started with a review of prior year statistics … 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