Thebeerchasers List of Bars, Taverns and Pubs – the US and Europe

(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!!

Beerchasers-of-the Quarter, John Terry and Jim Westwood in our 2012 visit to the historic Goose Hollow Inn

Beerchasers-of-the Quarter, John Terry and Jim Westwood with former Portland Mayor Bud Clark in our 2012 visit to the historic Goose Hollow Inn

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.

Dave, Steve and animals at the Central Pastime in Burns

Dave, Steve and animals at the Central Pastime in Burns

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.

Bier at the top of Mt. Schilthorn in Switzerland

Bier near the top of Mt. Schilthorn in Switzerland

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.

The legendary "Death Tank" at the Tide Pool Inn in Depoe Bay

The legendary “Tank of Death” at the Tide Pool Pub in Depoe Bay

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)   P1020662

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.

Tales of Paul Newman while filming Ken Kesey's classic

Tales of Paul Newman while filming Ken Kesey’s classic

Oh yeah, I forgot the “splendor” of one of the West’s great dive bars – the Sportsman Pub and Grub in Pacific City.

Dave and Steve at the Sportsman Pub and Grub in Pacific City

Dave and Steve at 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).

The New Belgium Brewery in Ft. Collins

The New Belgium Brewery in Ft. Collins

 

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.

Listening to live music in the bar at Jackson Lake Lodge in the Tetons

Listening to live music in the bar at Jackson Lake Lodge in the Tetons

               

Some great Montana beer!

Some great Montana beer!

                                                             

A bar with Southern charm in Charleston, South Carolina

A bar with Southern charm in Charleston, South Carolina

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.”  

The Ship in Multnomah - one of my favorite dive bars

The Ship in Multnomah – one of my favorite dive bars

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.

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Stay tuned for the posting on this Poulsbo, WA. brewery

Stay tuned for the posting on this Poulsbo, WA. brewery

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.

 Cheers!

1 2012 Port Townsend, Washington Pour House August
2 2012 Astoria Desdemona September
3 2012 Astoria Wet Monkey Cafe September
4 2012 Joseph Embers Brew Pub October
1 2013 Prineville Solstice Brew Pub November
2 2013 Prineville Horseshoe Tavern November
3 2013 LaGrande Long Branch Saloon November
4 2013 LaGrande Hideout 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
1 2014 Anchorage Darwin’s Theory July
2 2014 Anchorage Humpy’s Great Alaskan Ale House July
3 2014 Anchorage Pioneer Bar July
4 2014 Anchorage Glacier Brewery July
5 2014 Anchorage Snow Goose Brewery July
6 2014 Haines Haines 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
17 2014 Newport Hoovers November
18 2014 Newport Bay Haven Bar November
19 2014 Newport Mad Dog Country Tavern November
20 2014 Dundee Lumpy’s Landing November
1 2015 Boulder Crystal Springs Brewing February
2 2015 Boulder The Sink February
3 2015 Boulder Avery Brewing February
4 2015 Boulder Gravity Brewing February
5 2015 Boulder Post 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
16 2015 Breckenridge Breckenridge 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
Cheers!

Cheers!

Outside the Horner Pub in Lauderbrauden, Switzerland

Outside the Horner Pub in Lauterbrunnen , Switzerland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newport and Depoe Bay – Thebeerchaser Does the Central Oregon Coast – Part III

An Historic Newport Bar

An Historic Newport Bar

The third day of our Beerchasing sojourn on the Central Oregon Coast, we headed south from Lincoln City to Newport along beautiful Highway 101.  Dave, seeing the boiling foam from the surf stated, “That reminds me of the suds on a brewski and I’m looking forward to a beer.”

P1020630Our first stop was the historic Bay Haven Inn in Newport – a sanctuary over the years to many fishermen and loggers and also the set for the Snag Saloon in the Ken Kesey movie, “Sometimes a Great Notion,” filmed in Newport in the early ’70’s.  The establishment originally had an inn on the second floor – long gone, but the name of the bar has never changed.

Steve, the bartender who has worked there for three years after moving from Montana,  was friendly and helpful in telling us about this classic watering hole – he also shared some scrumptious smoked salmon – worth the trip to Newport alone.

Bartender Steve, Thebeerchaser and my favorite logo

Bartender Steve, Thebeerchaser and my favorite logo

We viewed the varied artifacts in the bar and absorbed the ambiance artfully described by Matt Love in his Letitpour Blog review from the 1990’s:

….beaten-to-a-pulp hardwood floors, fog-light lanterns, sea captain sculptures, deer trophies, a property seizure receipt from the National Marine Fisheries Service, a mounted octopus, an ancient outboard motor, plaques commemorating fisherman perished on the water and lots of wool-wearing, bearded drinkers at 1:00 P.M. on a weekday.” 

Eclectic interior design material.....

Eclectic interior design material…..

We also admired the sign which said, “I’ve been fishing so long, my worm is getting Social Security.” 

The Bay Haven is also the only bar I have visited in almost 100 venues, that had a horseshoe pit in the back – and there was an intense game in progress at 11:00 in the morning.  No corn-hole contests for these patrons!

 Steve told us that during rowdier times, the pit is closed as the horseshoes can become lethal weapons with some inebriated patrons – something that could happen if one guzzled a few of the featured Bay Haven cocktails including the Dead Nazi – (1 oz. Jagermeister + 1 oz. Peppermint Schnapps) a bargain at $6.

Prior to three years ago, they did not serve hard liquor – evidenced by the sign captioned, “Soup of the Day — Whiskey.”  They also have a full menu.

 

Potential lethal weapons for those with blurred vision

Horse-shoes – Potential lethal weapons for those with blurred vision

A final story (“The best drinking hole story on the Oregon Coast for all time…”) from Matt’s blog that should be told, relates to Paul Newman, who directed and was the star of the aforementioned movie:

“….with the cast and crew of the movie staying in Newport, the man (who told Matt the story) drank in a dive tavern in the rugged timber town of Toledo, eight miles east……Enter Paul Newman carrying a chainsaw, exactly like the hard-ass logger character, Hank Stamper, he happened to be portraying…….

Wordless, alone, Newman, who according to various biographies……has at times drank to considerable excess, fired up his chainsaw.  He sawed the legs off the pool table.  It crashed to the floor.  Stunned logging locals looked on.  They did nothing.  Newman left, perhaps later sending a check to cover the damage. Perhaps not.”

What's in a name??

What’s in a name??

We traveled a few miles up the road along Yaquina Bay to Sawyers’s Landing and a delightful and idiosyncratic venue with a name that belies its history.  On the way, Steve saw a fishing boat and said, “Fishing reminds me of hoisting a brewski with friends, I’m looking forward to a beer.” 

And when we sat down at the bar in the Mad Dog Country Tavern, Steve immediately ordered a Sessions – which he fondly described as, “Like Coors Light – only with body.”   

Pauline - a good storyteller

Pauline – a good storyteller

Pauline, another of many cordial bartenders we met on the coastal journey, has worked at the tavern for 3.5 years.  She told us that her “regulars” are people from the adjoining RV Park, summer tourists and Newport residents.

Pauline’s story on the origin of the name of the bar – about 50 years ago –  was similar to Matt’s, but given his diligence with historical details, we will defer to the Letitpour.net blog account:

Historical significance.....

Historical significance……

“….Years ago, a large log rested in front of the tavern.  It has seatbelts attached to it.  In some sort of contest, certain patrons would strap themselves in and then proceed to consume a bottle(s) of a particular brand of fortified wine.  The “winner” remained sitting upright.  Thus Mad Dog Tavern.”  

Aged to perfection....

Aged to perfection….

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While we drank our beers and considered how long the pickled eggs and Hot Mama sausages in the jars had been fermenting, Pauline told us other stories.  One was about the wake for one of the regulars named Brenda.  Based on septic tank issues, all of the toilets in the bar backed up the day before the gathering, so they ordered 3 porta-potties, which “accommodated” the mourners that afternoon.

We sat stunned as a resident from the RV park next door came in, ordered a beer and asked Pauline for his “envelope” which she retrieved from the safe and counted out $125 in cash.  He sat down at a video poker machine and about 30 minutes later came back and said he needed the envelope again!

Aside from this one negative, Matt Love’s description stands, “The Mad Dog is so perfect and perfectly American..maybe not for the Drys, but definitely for us wets.”

After a good lunch at Ocean Bleu Seafoods and a walk along the Newport Bay, we made our last Newport stop – an innocuous little bar named Hoovers Bar and Grill – just south of the Yaquina Bay Bridge on Highway 101.  P1020652

We noticed an interesting portrait of a women with a semi-exposed breast – allegedly given to the owner by Gracie, the founder of the Sea Hag Restaurant in Depoe Bay and a sign promoting their jello-shots stating, Jello isn’t just for kids…,” , We then were fortunate to hear the history of the bar related by Amy, the granddaughter of the owner.  

A one-time petting zoo -- oh wait.....!

A one-time petting zoo — oh wait…..!

Evidently, the building became Alice’s Tavern in 1978, but that was after the mini-mart, gas station and petting zoo with a live alligator and black bear was decommissioned.

We listened in fascination to a fellow sitting next to us at the bar from Minnesota arguing in a heated cell-phone conversation that he had been promised a gig on a NOAA ship out of Newport as first mate.  We also sat appalled as a kid who couldn’t have been more than 18 or 19 sitting right behind us, burned through $70 on a video poker machine in no more than 15 minutes.

Oh yes, another intriguing sign appeared to be a dated – but authentic – advertising Caroline’s Topless Charter Service,  – a former Newport “sport-fishing” option that offered three-hour expeditions for $75 and all-day trips for $100.  Perhaps this approach to “bosom fishing” ran its course, because the bartender told us they were no longer in business.

P1020655We headed north, and since to that point I had been the designated driver, I said after seeing a pool of stagnant water along the road, “That reminds me of PBR and I’m looking forward to drinking a beer in Depoe Bay.”

We decided to pass on an option to stop at O’Downey’s Irish Pub in Depoe Bay based on the premise that Sheperd’s Pie and Irish Stew might be not be a coastal culinary special, but found our way to a wonderful, albeit dilapidated building just north of Depoe Bay housing The Tide Pool – a former video store and laundromat – now a great dive bar.

Maybe in Dublin, but not in Depoe Bay....

Maybe in Dublin, but not in Depoe Bay….

Our bartender was Vicki – also the owner – and she was emphatic about her pizza being the best on the Oregon coast.  Dave and Steve agreed and their order was faster than the sign posted by the kitchen i.e. “Same day service on most food orders…”

Both of them got into the spirit by purchasing Tide Pool t-shirts.  Vicki told us about going to “Take Your Kid to Work Day,” when she lived in Iowa as a child and her dad worked in a slaughter house……

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The girls resting after a day of charter fishing and conversing with Steve

The mementos and brick-a-brack in the bar was superb ranging from artifacts such as a huge dead lobster from the former Depoe Bay Aquarium to a life raft recovered from the New Carissa, to a picture of three bare-breasted nymphs – a recurring theme in the bars along the coast although perhaps these had been employees of the now defunct Carloline’s Topless Charters.

As Matt Love opined in his blog post, “What a joint!  For starters it was practically a labyrinth with all sorts of weird angles, alcoves and passages.” 

Standing guard

Standing guard

 

 

 

 

 

This included a narrow passage into the video poker and pool room – in which there was a second bar and a battered, legless, facially tattooed, mustached mannequin in a bright red shirt stood guard.

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But perhaps the highlight was what Matt described as “a salt-water glass coffin called the Tank of Death.  It is 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……….

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Beware — The Tank of Death!

  

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.”   

 

The Tide Pool was one of our favorite watering holes and one to which we will return.  And thanks to Matt Love’s outstanding blog – Letitpour.net – which has not lost its value even though not active anymore.

P1020664Filled with a strong appreciation for the tales and history of the Oregon Coast, we headed north to Lincoln City for dinner – it was Senior Night at the buffet at Chinook Winds Casino….   P1020673

 

Steve, Vicki and Dave with Thebeerchaser logo

Steve, Vicki and Dave with Thebeerchaser logo

 

Buying into the program…..