53 Months of Thebeerchaser’s Tour – Where we’ve been and you should go!

Thebeerchaser outside Crackerjacks Pub - probably his favorite bar on the Tour to this point!

Thebeerchaser outside NW Portland’s Crackerjacks Pub – probably his favorite bar on the Tour to this point!

Denny Ferguson at the historic Cheerful Tortoise downtown

Denny Ferguson at the historic Cheerful Tortoise downtown

 

Since the inception of Thebeerchaser’s Tour of Bars, Taverns and Pubs in August 2011 I have had the pleasure of visiting and writing-up sixty-nine Portland establishments.   And what was originally intended to be posts about the history, regulars and distinguishing characteristics of watering holes strictly within the Rose City, transformed into an expanded mission based on our retirement travel.

These trips resulted in visits to 97 additional saloons in Europe, Alaska, the Southeastern US, Montana, Wyoming, Washington and central and eastern Oregon and the Oregon coast described in Thebeerchaser posts.

Laura Williams, Ryan Keene and Kenzie Larson outside Stammtisch – a great NE Portland bar

Besides being able to list the alehouses visited, as a tool for Thebeerchaser followers and visitors I have now categorized those Portland watering holes by sector of the city for those who are looking for a place to raise a mug in a certain geographical area.

Former Portland Mayor, Sam Adams, Beerchasing at the Beer Monger in SE

Former Portland Mayor, Sam Adams, Beerchasing at the Beer Monger in SE

 

 

 

 

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They are broken down into Northeast (10 bars), Southeast (23 bars which includes the fabled Barmuda TriangleNorth (11 bars in the vicinity of Mississippi, Killingsworth and Interstate Avenues and St. John’s), Northwest (13 bars) and Southwest (10 bars which includes downtown or the Central Business District and Multnomah).

There was one bar in the suburbs (Brannons in Beaverton which unfortunately is now closed) and the Pedalounge – a traveling chariot which visits several bars on its amazing tour of Southeast Portland.  Towards the end of this post, the bars and brewpubs outside the Portland area are listed.

University of Portland's Dr. Sam Holloway and Brian Doyle at the St. John's Pub

University of Portland’s Dr. Sam Holloway and Brian Doyle at the St. John’s Pub

The 2016 Addendum is enumerated at the bottom of this post.

How to Use this Chart

If you are interested in finding more about one of the taverns on the list below, there’s two ways to do this:

In the second column on the listing below, you will see the year and the month of the post for the bar.  On the right side of your computer screen, you will see an enumeration of the years and months of all the Beerchaser posts.  Click on the month to get to the write-up. There may be several posts that month so you might have to screen down.

OR

Just go to the upper right corner of your screen and enter the name of the bar in the search field and those posts were it is mentioned should show up.

# Year/Month Area Name Type
1 2012 – 2 NE Migration Brewery Brewery
2 2012 – 2 NE Laurelthirst Pub Neighborhood
3 2012 – 6 NE County Cork Neighborhood
4 2012 – 7 NE Bottles Bottle Shop
5 2012 – 12 NE 1856 Bottle Shop
6 2013 – 12 NE Church Neighborhood
7 2014 – 2 NE Sandy Hut Dive
8 2014 – 7 NE Stammtisch Neighborhood
9 2014 – 9 NE Club 21 Dive
10 2015 – 3 NE Oregon Public House Neighborhood
 
1 2011 – 11 SE Coalition Brewery Brewery
2 2011 – 8 SE Brooklyn Park Pub Neighborhood
3 2011 – 8 SE Yukon Tavern Dive
4 2011 – 9 SE Gladstone Street Tavern Neighborhood
5 2012 – 3 SE Hawthorne Hideaway Neighborhood
6 2012 – 4 SE Muddy Rudder Public House Neighborhood
7 2012 – 8 SE Lutz Tavern Historic
8 2012 – 10 SE Gold Dust Meridian Neighborhood
9 2012 – 10 SE Bar of the Gods Dive
10 2012 – 11 SE Claudia’s Historic
11 2013 -1 SE Grand Café   *1 Historic
12 2013 – 3 SE Belmont Inn Neighborhood
13 2013 – 4 SE Belmont Station Neighborhood
14 2013 – 4 SE Tanker Bar Dive
15 2013 – 4 SE Beer Neighborhood
16 2013 – 5 SE Horse Brass Pub Historic
17 2013 – 8 SE Slammer Dive
18 2014 – 1 SE Nest Neighborhood
19 2014 – 4 SE Bazi Bier Brassiere Neighborhood
20 2014 – 6 SE Beer Monger Bottle
21 2014 – 11 SE Richmond Bar Neighborhood
22 2015 – 4 SE Double Barrel Neighborhood
23 2015 – 12 SE Produce Row Historic
 
1 2011 – 9 N Twilight Room Historic
2 2011 -11 N Amnesia Brewery Brewery
3 2011 – 11 N Prost Neighborhood
4 2012 -5 N Mock Crest Tavern Historic
5 2012 – 5 N Interurban Neighborhood
6 2012 – 11 N White Eagle Saloon Historic
7 2013 – 6 N Sidecar 11 Neighborhood
8 2014 – 3 N Saraveza Neighborhood
9 2014 – 6 N Lost and Found Neighborhood
10 2015 – 5 N Ecliptic Brewery Brewery
11 2015 – 11 N St. John’s Pub Historic
 
 
1 2011 – 9 NW Joe’s Cellar Dive
2 2012 – 2 NW Dixie Tavern Dive
3 2013 – 2 NW Davis Street Tavern Misc.
4 2013 – 10 NW Slabtown   *2 Historic
5 2014 – 1 NW Skyline Tavern Historic
6 2014 – 4 NW Bailey’s Tap Room / Upper Lip Misc.
7 2014 -4 NW Crackerjacks Neighborhood
8 2014 – 4 NW Quimby’s Neighborhood
9 2014 – 4 NW Sniff Café Misc.
10 2014 – 12 NW Marathon Taverna Sports
11 2015 – 6 NW Low Brow Lounge Dive
12 2015 – 6 NW Pope House Bourbon Lounge Misc.
13 2015 – 11 NW Lompoc Tavern Historic
         
1 2011 – 11 SW Buffalo Gap Tavern Historic
2 2012 – 2 SW Ash Street Saloon Misc.
3 2012 – 6 SW Cheerful Tortoise Historic
4 2012 – 7 SW Goose Hollow Inn Historic
5 2012 – 12 SW Ship Tavern Dive
6 2013 – 3 SW Tugboat Brewery Brewery
7 2013 – 7 SW Sasquatch Brewery Brewery
8 2014 – 2 SW Cheerful Bullpen Sports
9 2015 – 5 SW Yamhill Pub Dive
10 2015 – 8 SW Kelly’s Olympian Historic
         
1 2015 – 3 Burbs Brannons in Beaverton   *3 Brewery
         
1 2014 – 8 Peda Lounge Misc.

*1 Franks Peters’ Grand Café closed in 2014 and Pour Sports has now opened in the historic building.

*2  The historic and iconic Slabtown closed in 2015 and unfortunately has not reopened.

*3   Kevin Brannon’s brewery and pub – Brannons’ in Beaverton closed in 2015.

The Dicksons, Lamberts and McAdams at Produce Row

The Dicksons, Lamberts and McAdams at Produce Row

And in closing this post and 2015, it needs to be stated that besides the adventure of exploring so many new and interesting saloons, it has been wonderful meeting the bartenders, the regulars and sharing stories with those who have Beerchased with me.

The Faust clan, Jim Westwood and Jennifer Johnson at Kelly's Olympian

The Faust clan, Jim Westwood and Jennifer Johnson at Kelly’s Olympian

 

 

Swift, Eller and Jones with waitress, Jennifer, at Pope Bourbon House

Swift, Eller and Jones with waitress, Danielle, at Pope Bourbon House

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Proost!  Salud!    Skal!

And finally – a special thanks to the 2014 Beerchaser-of-the-Year, Janet Williams, my spouse of 35 years who has good naturedly switched from wine to beer when we have visited watering holes in Oregon and all over the U.S. and Europe.   

2016 Addendum

1 2016-7 SW MoMo Bar Maximo Dive
2 2016-6 SE The Ranger Station Neighborhood
3 2016-5 N The Rambler Neighborhood
4 2016-4 SW The Yardhouse Misc.
5 2016-3 NW Life of Riley Dive
6 2016-3 SW Barlow Artisenal Bar Misc.
7 2016-2 SE Hair of the Dog Brewery Brewpub
8 2016-2 SE Sloan’s Tavern Neighborhood
9 2016-1 Lake Oswego The Hop’N Cork Neighborhood

 

Produce Row Café – Take a Hike and have a Brewski!

Originally opened in 1974 and now resurrected (again) in 2014

Originally opened in 1974 and now resurrected in 2014

“There are so few of these elusive establishments, the everyday-worthy ones that time and time again just hit the spot with reliable food and atmosphere. I suppose you could find that at a super $$$ place with staff wearing coattails if you’re the 1%, but this is real life, and I don’t know how to use silverware properly.

Produce Row is one of my special oases of goodness in a world full of soggy fries and loud bars with sports on TV.  I had only been to the Row about 3 times in the year before it was shut down so abruptly, to my dismay.”  (Yelp 8/21/15)

P1030894While Portland has many new and interesting bars and pubs, Thebeerchaser’s favorites are generally the old, and many times, historic, watering holes that have been around for decades.

The Mock Crest Tavern, the White Eagle Saloon, Kelly’s Olympian and the Lutz, to name a few, are joined by the original Produce Row Café down in the Industrial District on Portland’s East Side. (See the links above for prior Beerchaser reviews on these bars.)

Kelly's Olympian - another historic bar

Kelly’s Olympian – another historic bar

It opened in 1974 and according to a 9/2/14 Oregon Live  article “One of the first owned by Mike McMenamin (yes, that McMenamin) – one of Portland’s first bars devoted to ‘good’ beer — i.e. quality imports and craft beer.”  Produce Row was sold by the McMenamins to the bar’s employees in 1978 because the McMenamins could not brew beer at that location.

Alan Davis, who now owns the Multnomah Whiskey Bar, purchased and remodeled the café in 2008.   He closed it suddenly in the fall of 2014 only for the bar to be resurrected in 2015 by Josh Johnston and James Hall, the owner of Paddy’s Bar and Grill and several other Portland bars.  Produce Row Café is now thriving and a bar worth visiting.

Historic industrial surroundings

Historic industrial surroundings in the 1940’s – Portland Archives – Vintage Portland

While we were dating in the late 1970’s, my wife and I used to hit the original establishment for a good draft beer and buy a few of the many bottled beers they sold, followed by a stop at Corno’s Market to pick up some fresh fruit and vegetables.

The Produce Row District served farmers and industry well because it was accessible both by truck and the Willamette River besides having economical real estate.

Now, a resurrected Produce Row Café (see details below) joins other popular eateries such as Olympic Provisions, Bunk Bar and Clark Lewis, to name just a few, in an Urban Renewal District formed in 2012.  P1030906

The area is now:

“….home to a vibrant mix of more than 1,100 creative and industrial businesses, spanning such industries as athletic and outdoor, software, clean tech, advanced manufacturing, design, professional services, and food and beverage…….

‘More than any other neighborhood in Portland, Produce Row embodies a mindset of resourcefulness, creativity, and, above all, visionary innovation that inspires business growth,’ said (former) Portland Mayor Sam Adams. ”  (Portland Development Commission newsletter 3/2/12)

Great views from Tilikum Crossing

Great views from Tilikum Crossing

What has become a walking group of Beerchaser Regulars (David and Kate Dickson, Roy Lambert and his spouse, Mary Maxwell and Dave and Nita McAdams) had drinks and dinner at Produce Row after a stimulating several mile walk.

Starting at the east side of the Tilikum Crossing Bridge, we walked through Tom McCall Waterfront Park and across the Steel Bridge.  Then south along the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade before our final destination – Produce Row Café.  The scenery reaffirmed how scenic Portland can be.

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We ordered off a reasonably priced menu and all of us were pleased with our selections of appetizers (a plus for the fried Cauliflower, salads (the Chicken and Apple got an A+), sandwiches (the Row Burger) and entrees which included outstanding Beer Cheese Mac and Meat Loaf.

Orders Up - the Beer Cheese Mac was the most popular!

Orders Up – the Beer Cheese Mac was the most popular!

This Nikasa Dawn of the Red IRA was great

This Silver MoonVoodoo Dog ISR was great

The draft beer selection was robust with 23 beers and 2 ciders on tap.

 

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Nita and Dave McAdams and Manager, Marcus Chase

A bonus was a conversation with Produce Row’s Manager, Marcus Chase, a product of Pleasant Hill High School, whose parents farmed hazel nuts in the same area in Washington County as Dave and Nita, both of whom have other careers (Dave, a tax attorney and Nita, an educator).

Dinner and beers after a good walk

Dinner and beers after a good walk

 

The patio in the rear part of the bar has not changed much.  It is spacious and was filled with patrons: The back patio, a snug oasis of sunshine and wood tables hidden amidst neighborhood warehouses and train tracks, was among the city’s best.”  Oregon Live 9/2/14

One of the most enjoyable parts of Thebeerchaser Tour, initiated in 2011, is the stimulating people I have met in every bar ranging from the regulars, the bartenders and the managers.  This was reaffirmed when I returned to the bar and had an extended conversation with Marcus, who was joined by Nick Guest, the Bar Manager, who came to Produce Row in April, 2015.                            

Marcus and Nick with Thebeerchaser logo

Marcus and Nick with Thebeerchaser logo

Both were very knowledgeable about beer.   Marcus started his journey while being “hungry for knowledge” and living in Australia.

When asked about those who made social media comments about yearning for the original Produce Row, he responded that they want to hold on to the nostalgia but add energy through good food, creativity in their beer selection and an atmosphere that makes people want to return. Nick stated, “Our goal is to stay relevant in Portland’s burgeoning beer culture.”                 2015-11-10 18.00.24  

The Beer and Whiskey Pairings are a good example.  A concept initiated by Alan Davis that Marcus expanded and refined when he came to the bar.  “The beer and whiskey are chosen to complement each other.”

The eight pairings are interesting and diverse ranging from $8 (“The Departed”Guinness Stout and Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey) to $19 (“Werewolves and Vampires” – Silver Moon Voodoo Dog ISR and Blood Oath Whiskey – a blend of three (6 yr old wheat whiskey, 7yr old rye and 12 yr old rye).

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It appears that Marcus and Nick are succeeding based on my two visits which generated the same reaction as this review Yelp review on 6/18/15:

Traveled from the east coast and met a local couple here for dinner recently. Very eclectic atmosphere. Great staff, very helpful and friendly. Each of us had something different, and no one was disappointed. Great stop in a really nice town.”                    P1030914

And if you visit Produce Row or one of the other good eateries or bars in the Produce Row Industrial District, consider exploring the Esplanade and learning more about this vibrant area of the Portland landscape:

“More recently, that combination of access and affordability has attracted the city’s savviest entrepreneurs and forward-thinking creative professionals. These businesses have benefited from Produce Row’s adaptable urban landscape, potential for repurposing buildings, and proximity to the scenic views of the Willamette River from the Eastbank Esplanade.”

And as an aside, having two tax lawyers (Dave and Roy – now retired) added to the conversation on the hike.  I am now well-versed in the nuances of the Trade Priorities and Accountability Act as well as the IRS repair regulations project for the widely discussed and closely related Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System.  Both made me thirsty!

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Produce Row 204 SE Oak Street