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Friday, September 5, 2014
Oregon, Part 5, Goose Hollow Inn / グースホローイン
I met Y at Zwickelmania in February this year. He’s been
living in Portland for around ten years, doing postdoctoral
research in a sub-field of biology that I understand about as much as an amoeba
understands Herman Melville.
Anyway, he mentioned that his favorite beer spot is fairly
close to downtown, and when I was in Portland last month we got together there
for an evening.
Goose Hollow Inn is a great little place, an old house that’s
been converted into a bar/restaurant. The
neighborhood seems strangely peaceful, even though it’s located just off a busy
street. It’s right across the street from the MAX Blue Line, Goose Hollow/Jefferson
It has an outdoor covered patio area that is best during warm
months. It feels like sitting on a deck in a friend’s backyard. The crowd is decidedly not ... as ... young as at many Portland places; most people seemed middle-aged or older. Some
were reading books or newspapers and others chatting quietly with
There are 14 taps, most of them Oregon beers and none
of them really out of the ordinary but all good Northwest brews. They also serve sake and cider.
A limited, but good, variety of sandwiches, pizzas, soups,
and salads are on offer. The Reuben sandwich is their specialty (they claim
that it’s the "Best Reuben on the Planet").
Goose Hollow Inn is exceptionally comfortable and pleasant.
Go there for the atmosphere rather than for the beer.