Get a Read on the Rose City Book Club – Even Now!!

Explanatory Note

I was ready to publish this post on March 15th, but decided in light of world events, that perhaps I should suspend Thebeerchaser.com. for some period.   Offsetting this sentiment about being insensitive were quite a few comments from followers and family that by providing narratives that are on the lighter side right now might be appreciated and provide a diversion from the news.

With that in mind, I will do a few posts about some establishments that I visited months and maybe even a year or two ago, but never had the time to write – not the situation now….. You’ll also see updates on some bars and breweries that are adapting and still doing a good job of serving their customers now – in creative ways that comply with the Oregon’s regulations.

Such is the case with Rose City Book Pub, where owner, Elise Schumock, who you will meet below, is still open for “take out food, growler fills, and book sales.”  Her new hours are 11 am until 10 pm.  Check out the introductory paragraphs in her website which convey what she is doing and some great options you should consider not only for your own enjoyment, but to support a small business owner during this crisis.  (I visited Rose City three times in the last year.)

And if you have any thoughts about if and where Thebeerchaser should “go” in the next weeks – other than to have a draft beer in your favorite watering hole, leave a comment.    Don Williams aka Thebeerchaser

Cheers!

I have to admit that when I read about bars that have a dual function e.g. a tap room and also serve as a cycle or record shop, etc. it evokes reservations.   The bars and watering holes I love (all 367 in the last eight years) are almost always characterized by patrons – especially the regulars in dive bars – engaged in active discussions and interaction.

At home in a tavern…..

Two quotes by Samuel Johnson reinforce this idea although I have used the first on this blog before:

“There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.”

and

“’As soon,’ said he, ‘as I enter the door of a tavern, I experience an oblivion of care, and a freedom from solicitude : when I am seated….wine there exhilarates my spirits, and prompts me to free conversation and an interchange of discourse with those whom I most love.’”

Philosopher opposed nukes….

Would a book pub be one where patrons immerse themselves in 500-page volumes of Tolstoy or quietly ponder philosopher and historian, Bertrand Russell’s views on nuclear disarmament with only an occasional sip of a brewski while deliberately refraining from any typical barroom banter?

Thus, I had some skepticism about the announcement of the new Rose City Book Pub (hereafter RCBP) when it opened in November, 2018. Part of that was from the fond memories I had at a Beerchasing event in 2012.

I joined colleagues who were members of the Schwabe Williamson law firm Environmental and Natural Resources group when County Cork was located in the same space on NE Fremont.  It’s a charming space in a wonderful old building built in 1927.

Schwabe Environmental lawyers toasting the EPA in an Irish Pub

We had both cheerful and weighty conversations and we liked the pub’s Irish theme.  Brien Flanagan, who is now the leader of that group, a Notre Dame undergrad before law school, even told the joke about the Irish boomerang: “It doesn’t come back. It just sings songs about how much it wants to.”

Why Should You Visit the Rose City Book Pub?

After three visits and a great interview with the cordial and interesting owner, Elise, however, my reservations disappeared and I will return.  The concept works quite well.

And since on two of the three visits to the new establishment were also with lawyers who are Beerchasing regulars (former Beerchaser-of-the-Quarter, Jim Westwood – and Bernie Stea), the company was equally stimulating at both County Cork and RCBP.

Elise, Bernie and Jim

I say this as a non-attorney who worked with lawyers for forty years and as one family member said, was a victim of the curse, “May your life be filled with lawyers.”  I loved my career in legal management, however, and as evidenced by these three examples, still spend a lot of time Beerchasing with lawyers – voluntarily…..

The RCPB has a very nice physical layout and ambiance.  And in spite of my concern that it might tend to be a bunch of bibliophiles burying their faces in books, it was exactly the opposite.

Although there are some nice niches where one can cozy up with a book, most people are reading, socializing or working on computers at tables or booths which are an  integral part of the large comfortable and bustling room or chatting at the bar.  The book shelves on each of the far sides provide nice “bookends,” if you will, sitting against walls which are attractively painted.

And the bar with about ten barstools fronts the kitchen where the jovial staff has ongoing interaction with customers.   There’s also some nice art by local artists scattered throughout.

Bar opens to kitchen

What About Elise?

We should talk a little bit about Elise, who based on her outgoing personality, her entrepreneurial spirit and her interesting background deserves accolades.

Elise – “temporary” hiatus in LA….

This Portland native, who attended Grant High School, and then Whitman College, where she majored in Education.   She graduated during the recession and there were no jobs teaching Latin in the NW – her career choice – so she moved to LA in 2001.  She then worked at an elite K-12 private school in which the annual tuition was $40,000.   Her second week as a teacher started with the attack on the Twin Towers in New York City.

The neophyte educator tutored and taught Latin, which started a great conversation since Jim Westwood’s mom, Catherine, was both Jim’s and my Latin teacher for two years at Oregon City High School in the ‘60’s.   I threw out the only two Latin words I remember – “pulchra puella” which means beautiful girl.

Caeser – Bloody in Canada…

So Jim and Elise started talking about the Roman Empire and to keep it in context he informed us that a Bloody Caesar is the Canadian version of a Bloody Mary except it includes clam broth.

Her goal was always to return to Portland and after seventeen years, a friend, Matan Gold, had an conceptual idea about a “book pub” in Portland and she thought, “I could do that!”   After a six-month search, she found the building “which perfectly matched my parameters.

Is this used book store and pub the only such combination in Portland?  Well, according to critic Michael Russell in Oregon Live:

As noted by Eater PDX, which broke the bar news last week, this will be Portland’s first such establishment, joining Boston’s Trident Cafe, the Spotty Dog in Hudson, or Afterwords in Washington, D.C.”

They opened on November 3, 2018 and after starting months that saw packed houses,  the first part 2019 “was pretty lean.”  Since that time things have gone very well.  (With that said, Elise, who goes by the title of Book Publican, like any small business owner is concerned about the long-term economic impact of the Corona Virus.)

So does the RCBP have the feel of a typical pub or of a bookstore that just offers some alcoholic beverages.   Let’s look at Willamette Week’s well-stated description in January, 2019:

“It has all the makings of a Portland cliché: craft brews, staged poetry readings, rows of old, obscure books. But don’t be deterred by appearances. The simple bar manages to fuse two of the city’s trademarks—beer and used books—without a drop of pretension…..

This isn’t a bookstore you enter seeking something specific. It’s a humble, well-curated selection, presented for carefree browsing and happenstance discovery. Plus, the bar’s inviting atmosphere and free-flowing beer taps are a recipe for a rare Portland occurrence: chatting with strangers.” (Emphasis supplied)

What’s to Drink?

They have fourteen rotating micro and two nitros on tap in addition to two ciders and Kombucha.  As you can see from the image below, the beers are diverse and comprise 3 IPA’s, a couple amber ales, a Kolsch and Pilsner and a sour ale.  Elise reports, however, that her top single seller is the house red wine – one of four.

You can also have a cocktail as well. And the next time I go back, I will definitely supplement my beer and with a root beer float for $5.

Bernie Stea, a member of the elite law school honorary, Order-of-the-Coif and not to be outdone by Westwood’s erudition in his reference to the Roman Empire, made a point of ordering one of Camas, Washington brewery Grains of Wrath‘s beer.  He then quoted  John Steinbeck – thinking we might see the connection:

“There is nothing in the world like the first taste of beer.”

And his preference for beer from the Camas brewery is understandable since Bernie and his wife, former Portland radio personality, Debb Janes, have a successful high-end residential real estate practice there – View Homes of Clark County.

Grains of Wrath – A good Camas brewery option…..

What’s to Eat?

Elise on her website describes their menu as, “….cafe and bistro style with hearty, whole ingredients and bold flavors.” 

And while I didn’t eat there, it appears to be pretty robust and offers more options than one would expect ranging from sandwiches, salads, appetizers and even some entrees such as roasted chicken and pork shoulder – the latter at reasonable prices of $12.50 and $16.00 respectively.   Also deserts and a kids’ menu.

One Yelp reviewer commented that they should have more vegan options and Elise replied:

Our vegan options are Mediterranean Sandwich, Quinoa Bowl, Pasta Puttanesca, Hummus Plate, Fries made in our gf and vv fryer.  One of the rotating soups is always vegan, and several of our snacks are vegan, including olives, Chex mix, gf pretzels, hummus and carrots, apples and peanut butter, and ants on a log. 

The term “pub crawl” doesn’t apply to this snack.

Elsie asserted the need for diversity in her menu by also stating, “Vegans have friends who are not vegan.”

(BTW,I didn’t know what “ants on a log” were and was relieved when I learned the snack is made by “…spreading cream cheese, peanut butter, ricotta cheese…..on spreads of celery and placing raisins on top.” (Wikipedia)

For those put off by the title, it’s better than one of the variations “ticks on a stick” – substitute black olives for the raisins.  Elise asserted that ants on a log goes very well with a shot of whiskey.

She and her staff (Christine, Amy and John, the cook) are very friendly and helpful in explaining the food options and a very impressive tap list for a small, new establishment.

Christine and Amy are great ambassadors for the pub

One thing I have noticed in the eight years of my watering hole travels is that the bars that appear to be successful and radiate a welcoming vibe are those that have become a “community” of sorts, not only within their neighborhood but for those who gather socially from other parts of the City.

Elise promotes this approach stating:

“We host all kinds of events: readings and live music, book clubs, fundraisers, and stuff for kids, We aim to build a community, and become a hub of sharing, discussion, and good times.”

Stuff for kids…

And the Calendar-of-Events on their website is filled with gatherings such as Trivia Night every Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:00, affirms it.  Live music also brings in patrons on the evenings its offered.

They also have a very nice back patio.

What’s to Read?

The inventory of books on the shelves and in niches throughout the large space is about 5,000 (with about another 100 boxes in storage)  and Elise’s specialty is literary fiction.  They also have kids’ books.

How are the Reviews?

Certainly, one way to get a feel for how things are going besides personal visits and talking to the owner, is checking out social media reviews.   I always try to see if there are themes and if their are trends to the comments.  Also, if there are any crazy reviewers which is often the case.

My son-in-law, Ryan Keene orders from Christine

In the first year of operation, one would expect some negative reviews but other than one reviewer who complained that she thought it was too loud and another that he thought that it was too quiet and they needed music, many of the reviews were almost effusive (see below).

I was impressed that whenever there was a comment with even a mild criticism or some suggestions for improvements, Elise always responded – a smart move for any business owner.  And I did find one from 12/7/19 that seemed at least at little bit crazy:

Everyone here seemed nice, but snobby. I found myself to be the only one of 7-8 people grooming the book shelves in search of a life changing event. Most people keyed away on their laptops or tablets.

I really just didn’t like the kind of people in this place. Maybe it’s that I don’t fit in. I felt like I was surrounded by angry feminists and judgmental leftists. I was wearing business attire and the glares I got were uncomfortable. I just didn’t feel like I fit in. Otherwise this would be a 5/5”

I hope this person had a life-changing event other than the one all of us have experienced in the last few weeks, but in contrast, the comments below describe the ambiance of the pub:

“This place feels like a comfortable mix of a Powell’s and your favorite corner bar. People were sitting alone reading and sipping beer, playing games with family, meeting up with a friend or having a glass of wine while they worked on their computer.  I got lucky enough to meet the owner, Elise, who is as charming as this pub. She has made a place that everyone can feel welcome.”   (Yelp 12/29/19)

Beautiful space with friendly ‘barbarians’ and a warm atmosphere. Will definitely be back!” (Yelp 3/11/20)

“I stopped in for the first time on my latest trip to Portland and absolutely fell in love!  This place is basically Portland in a pub.”    (Yelp 9/12/19)

“Only in Portland will you find a place as cool as this. Where east meets west, the place that defines PDX. If you thought Powells was cool, this place trumps it in all aspects.”   (Yelp 7/22/19)

What’s Holding You Back?

And finally, another one that is more evidence that you should drop by and say “hello” to Elise and her staff:

“This place is pretty awesome! Do you ever have a book and want to read? Do you ever want to read with beer and or wine, maybe a cocktail? Not a bar, not some scene place, but some place where you can actually read. I’ve long wanted one and this is it.

It’s a mash up if you’re favorite small bookstore had food and drinks, this is what would happen. We came here for bookclub and it was so fun. We had a great discussion, their selection of beers on tap is extensive and they have several food options.”

And if you feel so inclined, you can even bring in and post some original writing or poetry for patrons to view which occupy one wall and add another nice community touch.  This photo  shows  their  “Take a Poem/Leave a Poem” feature.  Some are original works, some are copies of published works.  Another nice touch. (And by the way, if you want to help, the RCBP also takes donations of books.)

Rose City Book Pub     

1329 NE Fremont

 

Hey! Have you Seen Thebeerchaser During the Last Seven Years?

Overlooking the Lauterbrunnen Valley in 2013

Those of you who are followers of Thebeerchaser.com may know from the 2018 Annual Report that the total number of watering holes – bars, pubs, breweries, taverns, saloons, etc. visited since I commenced this hobby in August, 2011, stood at 287 at the end of 2018. 

Laura and Ryan Keene and Kenzie Dettman outside Stammtisch in 2014

111 of these establishments were in the Portland metro area with the remaining 176 scattered over a large geographical expanse including several cities in Europe, bars and breweries in Alaska, Hawaii, many regions throughout the continental US and all across Oregon.

The Oxford Saloon on our 2016 trip to Missoula, Montana

These ranged from Idaho and Montana to Wisconsin to Maine, New York City and Boston, to the Southeast in cities including Asheville, NC; Savannah and Charleston, South Carolina.  Then there was Beerchasing in the desert – Phoenix and Scottsdale.  Then back to the west coast in northern California. 

Janet with Barb and John Senger at the Sink in Boulder, Colorado

And, of course, some of my absolute favorites are scattered throughout Oregon – from Baker City and Joseph to Burns, Prineville and Madras and down the entire stretch of the Oregon coast from Astoria to Bandon. 

The Embers Brew House in Joseph, Oregon

Wait!  Don’t forget the Benedictine Brewery and Taproom in Mt. Angel, Oregon where those raising a mug of Father Martin Grassel’s flagship brew – Black Habit –  toast the Brewery’s slogan – “Taste and Believe.”

I thought it was important to develop an accurate and comprehensive list of these establishments for those who might want to use this blog as a resource.  Okay, it was also just for my own memories…..

While it took quite a few hours to go back and compile the specific dates, the type of bar (for those in Portland) and location, the result is set forth below – categorized by year and whether it was in Portland or in a venue outside the Rose City .

If you want to find out about a specific watering hole visited (almost always at least twice for those in Portland) or if you are planning to hit Stanley, Idaho and want to find out about the history of Casanova Jack’s Stanley Rod and Gun Whitewater Saloon, you have a couple of options.  An asterisk indicates the establishment is now no longer in operation.

Thebeerchaser outside the Stanley Rod and Gun Whitewater Saloon

You can look in the data base below this chart and in the far right column, the month of the post will be identified.   On the right side of the screen when you are in Thebeerchaser.com you will see a field to select the month and year from Thebeerchaser.com archives.  

Alternatively, you can enter the name of the bar or brewery in the search field in the upper right of your screen and you will usually see the appropriate post although sometimes I reference a bar in more than one.  In the latter case, there is usually a link to the main reference.

Thebeerchaser’s Composite List of Bars, Taverns and Pubs

Year Portland Outside Portland Yearly Total Composite Total
2018 12 30 42 287
2017 15 27 42 244
2016 14 39 53 202
2015 11 36 47 149
2014 17 18 35 102
2013 13 21 34 68
2012 20 5 25 34
2011 9 0 9
Total 111 176 287

 2018  Portland Area Bars

  Name Location Type Date of Post
2018-1 The Salty Rhino West Linn Neighborhood December
2018-2 Palomar SE Cocktail December
2018-3 Bar 33 Sellwood Neighborhood September
2018-4 Benedictine Brewery Mount Angel Brewery and Taproom August
2018-5 Brew Barge Downtown (River) Miscellaneous August
2018-6 The Happy Fortune SW Miscellaneous August
2018-7 The Standard NE Dive June
2018-8 The Dockside North Neighborhood June
2018-9 Oaks Bottom Pub Sellwood Neighborhood April
2018-10 Wilders Bar and Café NE Neighborhood April
2018-11 Woodsman Tavern  * SE Neighborhood February
2018-12 John’s Market Place Multnomah Village Bottle Shop January

The Dockside – a classic in North Portland with the best hashbrowns in the City

2018 Bars Outside of Portland

  Name Location Type Date of Post
2018-1 North Mountain Brewing Phoenix Brewery and Pub April
2018-2 OHSO Brewing North Scottsdale Brewery and Pub April
2018-3 McFate Brewing Scottsdale Brewery and Pub April
2018-4 Wren House Brewing Scottsdale Brewery and Pub April
2018-5 Scottsdale Beer Company Scottsdale Brewery and Pub April
2018-6 Helton Brewing Phoenix Brewery and Pub April
2018-7 Mesquite River Brewing Scottsdale Brewery and Pub April
2018-8 Sun Up Brewing Scottsdale Brewery and Pub February
2018-9 OHSO Brewing Phoenix Airport Taphouse February
2018-10 Four Peaks Brewing Phoenix Brewery and Pub February
2018-11 Goldwater Brewing Phoenix Brewery and Pub February
2018-12 Two Brothers’ Brewing Scottsdale Brewery and Pub February
2018-13 Durty Nelly’s Bar North Boston Dive Bar October 30
2018-14 Shipyard Brewing Portland, Maine Brewery and Taproom October 30
2018-15 Sebago Brewing Portland, Maine Brewpub October 30
2018-16 Rising Tide Brewing Portland, Maine Brewery and Taproom October 30
2018-17 Marshall Wharf Brewing Belfast, Maine Brewery and Taproom October 30
2018-18 Sea Dog Brewing Camden, Maine Brewpub October 30
2018-19 Rock Harbor Brewing Rock Harbor, Maine Brewery and Taproom October 30
2018-20 Atlantic Brewing Bar Harbor, Maine Taproom October 18
2018-21 Cottage Street Pub Bar Harbor, Maine Dive Bar October 18
2018-22 Island Bar SW Harbor, Maine Dive Bar October 18
2018-23 Sips Southwest Harbor, Maine Cocktail Bar October 18
2018-24 Ebenezer’s Pub Lovell, Maine Neighborhood October 9
2018-25 Standard Gastropub Bridgton, Maine Gas Station Bar October 9
2018-26 Sea Dog Brewing South Portland, Maine Brewpub October 9
2018-27 Heartland Brewing New York City Brewery and Pub October 1
2018-28 District Tap House New York City Taphouse October 1
2018-29 Mariott Pulse Rooftop Bar New York City Hotel Bar October 1
2018-30 Mariott Pulse Patio Bar New York City Hotel Bar October 1

Historic dive bar, Durty Nelly’s in Boston’s North End

2017 Portland Area Bars

  Name of Venue Location Type Date of Post
2017-1 Multnomah Whiskey Library Downtown Whiskey Bar January
2017-2 Nineteen 33 Taproom West Linn Neighborhood February
2017-3 Buffalo Bill’s Saloon Beavercreek Neighborhood February
2017-4 Ancestry Brewing Tualatin Brewery February
2017-5 The Independent Downtown Sports Bar March
2017-6 NEPO 42 Northeast Neighborhood April
2017-7 Burnside Brewing East Brewery April
2017-8 Gil’s Speakeasy Southeast Dive Bar May
2017-9 Flyboy Brewing Tigard Brewery May
2017-10 Cascade Brewing Barrel House Southeast Brewpub June
2017-11 Labrewatory North Brewery June
2017-12 Renners Multnomah Village Dive Bar August
2017-13 Slow Bar Southeast Neighborhood October
2017-14 TC O’Leary’s Irish Pub Northeast Neighborhood October
2017-15 ZARZ Downtown Whiskey Bar December

The Multnomah Whiskey Library

 2017 Bars Outside Portland

  Name of Venue Location Type Date of Post
2017-1 Nauti Mermaid Beach Club Lincoln City, OR Neighborhood July
2017-2 Scooters Pub Milwaukee, Wisc. Neighborhood July
2017-3 Dukes on the Water Milwaukee, Wisc. Dive July
2017-4 Water Street Brewery Milwaukee, Wisc. Brewery July
2017-5 Badger State Brewery Green Bay, Wisc. Brewery July
2017-6 Hinterland Brewery Green Bay, Wisc. Brewery July
2017-7 Door County Brewing Bailey’s Harbor, Wisc. Brewery August
2017-8 AC Tap Sister Bay, Wisc Dive August
2017-9 Coyote Road House Bailey’s Harbor, Wisc. Neighborhood August
2017-10 Cornerstone Pub Bailey’s Harbor, Wisc. Neighborhood August
2017-11 Pourman’s Bar Milwaukee, Wisc. Neighborhood September
2017-12 Lake Front Brewing Milwaukee, Wisc. Brewery September
2017-13 McGillycuddy’s Bar Milwaukee, Wisc. Neighborhood September
2017-14 Bar None Milwaukee, Wisc. Neighborhood September
2017-15 The Ale Asylum Riverhouse Milwaukee, Wisc. Brewpub September
2017-16 Yachats Brewing Yachats, OR Brewery November
2017-17 Defeat River Brewing Reedsport, OR Brewery November
2017-18 Seven Devils Brewing Coos Bay, OR Brewery November
2017-19 Bandon Brewery Bandon, OR Brewery November
2017-20 Broken Anchor Bar and Grill Bandon, OR Neighborhood November
2017-21 The Beverage Barn Bandon, OR Bottle Shop November
2017-22 Arch Rock Brewing Gold Beach, OR Brewery November
2017-23 Chetco Brewing Brookings, OR Brewery November
2017-24 Six Rivers Brewing McKinleyville, CA Brewery December
2017-25 Humboldt Regeneration McKinleyville, CA Brewery December
2017-26 Lost Coast Brewery Eureka, CA Brewery December
2017-27 Mad River Brewery Blue Lake, CA Brewery December

AC Tap  outside Bailey’s Harbor, Wisconsin

2016 Portland Area Bars

2016-1 Lake Oswego The Hop’N Cork Neighborhood January
2016-2 NE Sloan’s Tavern Neighborhood February
2016-3 SE Hair of the Dog Brewery Brewery February
2016-4 SW Barlow Artisenal Bar Misc. March
2016-5 NW Life of Riley Tavern Dive March
2016-6 SW The Yardhouse Misc. April
2016-7 N The Rambler Neighborhood May
2016-8 SE The Ranger Station Neighborhood June
2016-9 SW MoMo Bar Maximo Dive July
2016-10 NE Billy Ray’s Neighborhood Dive Dive August
2016-11 SE Mad Sons Pub * Neighborhood September
2016-12 SW The Fulton Pub Brewery October
2016-13 NW Bridgeport Brewery Brewery November
2016-14 SW Mummy’s Bar and Restaurant Misc. December

Beerchaser regulars and trial lawyers, Brian King, Brian Flanagan and John Mansfield outside Billy Rays Neighborhood Dive Bar

2016 Bars Outside Portland

2016-1 Tamarack Brewing Missoula, MT February
2016-2 Stockman Bar Missoula, MT February
2016-3 Big Sky Brewing Missoula, MT February
2016-4 Flathead Lake Brewing Missoula, MT February
2016-5 Draught Works Brewery Missoula, MT February
2016-6 Charlie B’s Bar Missoula, MT February
2016-7 Oxford Bar Missoula, MT February
2016-8 Plonk Wine Bar Missoula, MT February
2016-9 Kauai Island Brewing Company Kauai May
2016-10 Kauai Beer Company Kauai May
2016-11 Duke’s Bar and Restaurant Kauai May
2016-12 Nawiliwili Tavern Kauai May
2016-13 Blackfoot River Brewing Helena, MT July
2016-14 Lewis and Clark Brewing Helena, MT July
2016-15 Grand Teton Park Lodge Grand Teton NP July
2016-16 Local Restaurant and Bar Jackson, WY July
2016-17 Gather Food and Drink Jackson, WY July
2016-18 Million Dollar Cowboy Bar Jackson, WY July
2016-19 Melvin Brewing Jackson, WY July
2016-20 Wild West Pizzeria and Saloon West Yellowstone July
2016-21 Couer d’aline Resort Bar Couer d’aline August
2016-22 The Moose Lounge Couer d’aline August
2016-23 The Corner Bar Couer d’aline August
2016-24 Chained-Up Brewpub Couer d’aline August
2016-25 Crafted Taphouse and Kitchen Kennewick, WA August
2016-26 Ice Harbor Brewery Kennewick, WA August
2016-27 McCall Brewing Company McCall, ID August
2016-28 Salmon River Brewery McCall, ID August
2016-29 Stanley Rod and Gun Whitewater Saloon Stanley, ID September
2016-30 The Kasino Club Stanley, ID September
2016-31 Redfish Lake Lodge Bar Stanley, ID September
2016-32 Caldera Brewing Ashland, OR October 24
2016-33 Blackbird Kitchen and Bar Sacramento October 31
2016-34 Hock Farm Craft Provisions Sacramento October 31
2016-35 Dive Bar Sacramento October 31
2016-36 Woody’s Brewing Redding, CA November
2016-37 The Pour House Murphys, CA November
2016-38 Murphys Hotel and Saloon Murphys, CA November
2016-39 Murphys Irish Pub Murphys, CA November

 

The Moose Lounge in the heart of Couer dalene, Idaho

2015 Portland Area Bars

2015-1 Suburb Brannon’s in Beaverton * Neighborhood March
2015-2 NE Oregon Public House Non-profit Pub March
2015-3 SE Double Barrel Tavern Dive April
2015-4 N Ecliptic Brewing Brewery and Pub May
2015-5 SW Yamhill Pub Grunge May
2015-6 NW Low Brow Lounge Dive June
2015-7 SW Pope Bourbon House Cocktail June
2015-8 SW Kelly’s Olympian Historic Dive August
2015-9 N St. John’s Pub Historic November
2015-10 NW The New Old Lompoc * Neighborhood November
2015-11 SE Produce Row Café Historic December

Historic Kellys Olympian in Downtown Portland

2015 Bars Outside Portland

2015-1 The Sink Boulder, Colorado February
2015-2 Post Brewing Boulder, Colorado February
2015-3 Crystal Springs Brewing Boulder, Colorado February
2015-4 Gravity Brewing Louisville, Colorado February
2015-6 Avery Brewing Boulder, Colorado February
2015-7 Post Brewing Boulder, Colorado February
2015-8 New Belgium Brewing Fort Collins, Colorado May 19
2015-9 Mayor of Old Town Fort Collins, Colorado May19
2015-10 The Town Pump Fort Collins, Colorado May 19
2015-11 Phantom Canyon Brewing Colorado Springs, Colorado May 19
2015-12 Ritz Bar and Grill Colorado Springs, Colorado May 19
2015-13 Breckinridge Brewery Breckenridge, Colorado May 29
2015-14 Ollie’s Pub and Grub Breckenridge, Colorado May 29
2015-15 Gold Pan Saloon Breckenridge, Colorado May 29
2015-16 Angel Hollow Bar Breckenridge, Colorado May 29
2015-17 Après Handcrafted Libations Breckenridge, Colorado May 29
2015-18 Broken Compass Brewery Breckenridge, Colorado May 29
2015-19 Dillon Dam Brewery Dillon, Colorado May 29
2015-20 Eleventh Street Pub & Bistro Atlanta, GA July
2015-21 The Nook on Piedmont Atlanta, GA July
2015-22 Max’ Wine Dive Atlanta, GA July
2015-23 Jack of the Woods Public House Asheville, SC July
2015-24 The Thirsty Monk Asheville, SC July
2015-25 Wicked Weed Brewery Asheville, SC July
2015-26 Lexington Avenue Brewery Asheville, SC July
2015-27 Blind Tiger Pub Charleston, SC July
2015-28 South End Brewery & Smokehouse Charleston, SC July
2015-29 Charleston Beer Exchange Charleston, SC July
2015-30 The Gin Joint Charleston, SC July
2015-31 The Boar’s Head Grill & Tavern Savannah, GA September
2015-32 JJ Bonerz Sports Bar Savannah, GA September
2015-33 Moon River Brew Brewery Savannah, GA September
2015-34 Churchill’s Pub Savannah, GA September
2015-35 Savannah Distillery Ale House Savannah, GA September
2015-36 Pinky Master’s  * Savannah, GA September

The Gold Pan Saloon in Breckenridge, Colorado

2014 Portland Area Bars

2014-1 The Nest SE Neighborhood January
2014-2 Skyline Tavern NW Historic January
2014-3 Sandy Hut NE Dive February
2014-4 The Cheerful Bullpen SW Sports February
2014-5 Saraveza N Neighborhood March
2014-6 Bazi Bier Brassiere SE Neighborhood April
2014-7 Bailey’s Tap Room/The Upper Lip NW Taproom April
2014-8 Crackerjacks Pub NW Neighborhood April
2014-9 Quimby’s NW Neighborhood April
2014-10 Sniff Café NW Miscellaneous April
2014-11 The Lost and Found N Neighborhood June
2014-12 The Beer Mongers SE Bottle Shop June
2014-13 Stammtisch NE Neighborhood July
2014-14 Portland Peda Lounge SE Miscellaneous August
2014-15 Club 21 * NE Dive September
2014-16 The Richmond Bar SE Cocktail November
2014-17 Marathon Taverna NW Sports December

Owner of the Bazi Bierbrasserie, Hilda Stevens holds Thebeerchaser logo while part of our walking group finishes its food and bier

2014 Bars Outside Portland

2014-1 Glacier Brewhouse Anchorage, Alaska July 8 February
2014-2 Darwin’s Theory Anchorage, Alaska July 8
2014-3 Haines Brewery Haines, Alaska July 17 February
2014-4 Red Dog Saloon Juneau, Alaska July 17
2014-5 Shipboard Bars Statandem – Holland America July 17
2014-6 Lumpy’s Landing Dundee, OR September
2014-7 The Old Oregon Saloon Lincoln City, OR September
2014-8 The Nauti Mermaid Lincoln City, OR September
2014-9 Road House 101 Lincoln City, OR October
2014-10 Snug Harbor Bar & Grill Lincoln City, OR October
2014-11 Pelican Brewery Pacific City, OR October
2014-12 The Oar House Pacific City, OR October
2014-13 Sportsman Pub and Grub Pacific City, OR October
2014-14 Cruise Inn Lincoln City, OR November
2014-15 Bay Haven Inn Newport, OR November
2014-16 Mad Dog Country Tavern Newport, OR November
2014-17 Hoovers Bar and Grill Newport, OR November
2014-18 Tidepool Pub Depoe Bay, OR November

Lincoln City’s Cruise Inn

2013 Portland Area Bars

2013-1 The Grand Café SE Dive January
2013-2 Belmont Inn SE Neighborhood March
2013-3 Tugboat Brewery * SW Brewery and Pub March
2013-4 Belmont Station SE Bottle Shop April
2013-5 Tanker Bar SE Dive April
2013-6 Beer SE Neighborhood April
2013-7 Horse Brass Pub SE Historic Brew Pub May
2013-8 Sidecar 11 N Neighborhood June
2013-9 Sasquatch Brewery Cedar Hills Brewery and Pub July
2013-10 The Slammer SE Dive August
2013-11 Davis Street Tavern * NW Neighborhood October
2013-12 Slabtown * NW Dive October
2013-13 Church NE Neighborhood December

The Slammer in the Barmuda Triangle

2013 Bars Outside Portland

2013-1 Café Karpershoek Amsterdam, Netherland June
2013-2 Bier Brewery Anaheim, Austria July
2013-3 Hells Tavern Rothenberg, Germany July
2013-4 The Devil’s Forest Pub Venice, Italy July
2013-5 Bacaro Jazz Café Venice, Italy July
2013-6 Miscellana Café and Pub Rome, Italy August
2013-7 La Cantina Di Miky Vernazza, Italy September
2013-8 The Horner Pub Lauterbrunner, Switzerland September
2013-9 Schilthorn Taverne Lauterbrunner, Switzerland September
3013-10 The Publican Beaune, France October
2013-11 The Beer Station Paris, France October
2013-12 La Vin Couer Paris, France October
2013-13 Long Branch Bar La Grande, OR November 4
2013-14 Cascades Lake Brewery La Grande, OR November 4
2013-15 Horseshoe Tavern Prineville, OR November 4
2013-16 Solstice Brew Pub Prineville, OR November 4
2013-17 Hideout Saloon La Grande, OR November 4
2013-18 10 Depot Street La Grande, OR November 14
2013-19 Mt.  Emily Ale House Baker, OR November 14
2013-20 Bull Ridge Brewery Baker, OR November 14
2013-21 Central Pastime Tavern Burns, OR November 20

Café Karpershoek – the oldest bar in Amsterdam – founded in 1606

2012 Portland Area Bars

2012-1 Dixie Tavern NW Dive Club February
2012-2 Ash Street Saloon * SW Club February
2012-3 Migration Brewery NE Brewery and Pub February
2012-4 Laurelthirst Pub NE Neighborhood February
2012-5 Hawthorne Hideaway SE Neighborhood March
2012-6 Mock Crest Tavern N Historic May
2012-7 Interurban N Neighborhood May
2012-8 Muddy Ruder Pub SE Neighborhood June
2012-9 County Cork * NE Neighborhood June
2012-10 Sidecar 11 N Neighborhood June
2012-11 The Cheerful Tortoise SW Historic Sports June
2012-12 Bottles NE Bottles Shop July
2012-13 Goose Hollow Inn SW Historic Neighborhood July
2012-14 The Lutz Tavern SE Historic Neighborhood August
2012-15 Gold Dust Meridian SE Neighborhood October
2012-16 Bar of the Gods SE Dive October
2012-17 Claudias SE Historic Sports November
2012-18 White Eagle Saloon N Historic November
2012-19 1856 NE Bottle Shop November
2012-20 The Ship Tavern Multnomah Village Dive December

Former Mayor and owner of the Goose Hollow Inn, Bud Clark, with Jim Westwood, John Terry and Bud’s daughter when we Beerchased at the Goose

2012 Bars Outside Portland

2012-1 Astoria Brewery Wet Dog Café Astoria, OR September
2012-2 Desdemona Club Astoria, OR September
2012-3 The Pour House Port Townsend, WA September
2012-4 Embers Brew Pub Joseph OR October
2012-5 Terminal Gravity Brewery Enterprise, OR October

The Desdemona Club in Astoria, where Laura the bartender explains to Dave Booher, the origin of the nickname, “The Dirty D.”

 2011 Portland Area Bars

2011-1 Brooklyn Park Pub SE Dive August
2011-2 Yukon Tavern SE Dive August
2011-3 Gladstone Street Tavern SE Neighborhood September
2011-4 The Twilight Room N Historic September
2011-5 Joe’s Cellar NW Dive September
2011-6 Buffalo Gap Tavern SW Historic November
2011-7 Prost N Brew Pub November
2011-8 Amnesia Brewery * N Brewery and Pub November
2011-9 Coalition Brewery SE Brewery and Taproom November

Observing the tradition at Prost where you don’t let the 2-liter boot touch the table once it starts the rounds or………

I have often gotten requests to identify my favorite spots — also those to which I would not return.   Since I subscribe to the quote below, I have most notably avoided the latter. But after almost eight years it may be enlightening for some to view Thebeerchaser’s humble opinion on the all-stars and those few given the wealth of wonderful places to raise a mug, I would not return.

Samuel Johnson – 18th century writer, poet and playwright and drinker….

“There  is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as a good tavern.”   Samuel Johnson 

I will therefore, in the next few months, publish some shorter posts on my favorites – by category i.e. dive bar, neighborhood pub, brewery, etc. – both in Portland and outside Portland.

These will be integrated with posts about new bars I am visiting and reviewing   Also, expect to see the short list of habitats that Thebeerchaser recommends that you avoid.

For example, expect to see the picture below and a short description of the Ship Tavern in Multnomah Village in the post about favorite Portland area dive bars.

I’ve also fielded inquiries about how with the number of bars visited, I have avoided gaining 100 pounds and/or a stint at the Betty Ford Clinic.  On the first question, while I haven’t attained my goal of getting back to my original weight – 9 pounds 9 ounces…(Sorry!), thanks to my wife who is an outstanding walker and hiker as well as regular trips to the gym, I have pretty much maintained my pre-retirement poundage

Mingling with the friendly regulars at the classic dive bar Club 21 in 2014 – gone but not forgotten!

It should also be noted that notwithstanding the title, this blog is primarily about bars – not the beer itself.

I spend most of my time in the watering holes, nursing a pint while talking to the bartender and the regulars about the history of the bar, the distinguishing characteristics and noting the signs, memorabilia and décor – which in most bars and a lot of brew pubs is distinct and worth talking about. (The picture from the Club 21 is a great example of the great people I’ve met.)

And, of course, on the majority of visits, I am with friends where the conversation and comradery are paramount and the beer secondary – notwithstanding this photo of former Beerchaser-of-the-Quarter Jim Westwood with members of the Jack Faust clan at the Yard House in Portland!  (Although the company was great, the Yard House is on Thebeerchaser’s “No Return” list of bars to be published in the future.

As an example, how can you be overly concerned with your brewski when you are listening to former Mayor Bud Clark, explain the amazing history of the “Expose Yourself to Art” poster while we  were at the Goose Hollow Inn (See the picture above)

Jim Westwood, Kevin Fischer, Amy Faust, Jack Faust and Thebeerchaser

The armchair philosopher who stated, “A bar is better than the newspaper for public discussion.” was correct and we should add the social media to that quote.  So I will plug on with Thebeerchaser’s Tour of Bars, Taverns and Pubs – only about 400 left to explore in Portland!

Cheers!

Cheers from Thebeerchaser