Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Portland Taproom/Bottle Shops

Portland, OR is full of breweries, some 40-plus at last count, and their tasting rooms are certainly the best way to sample the full range of their offerings. However, if you want to try beers from a variety of breweries, visit some of the many taproom/bottle shops in town. These are places that serve craft beer on tap and have bottle sales. Here are four of the best.

Hawthorne Hophouse
This bar is in a small, fairly nondescript corner shopping area. From the outside looks like it could be a flower shop or, really, any other kind of business. There is seating for maybe 40 people at tables and 12-15 at the bar. Alt-pop on the sound system and two TVs showing sports programs. The 24 rotating taps, showcase mostly NW stuff; the server said that they usually stock beers from west of the Rockies. One permanent tap is Boneyard RPM IPA). US pints for between $4.25 and $6.00. Samplers are available in in rather tiny (2.5-oz.) glasses: six for $8; 12 for $13; and, if you are feeling adventurous – and are not driving -- all 24 taps for $24. The menu features a small selection of pub food: salads, entrees, burgers, and sandwiches. The service was good. A very pleasant place, especially good for sampling lots of new brews from OR, WA, and CA. 

Hawthorne Hophouse
4111 SE Hawthorne
Portland, Oregon United States 97214
Hours: M-W: 12pm-11pm / Th: 12pm-12am / F: 12pm-1am / Sat: 10am-1am / Sun: 10am-11pm  

Imperial Bottle Shop and Taproom
This is a newish (open for about six months now) shop in a rather quickly developing or gentrifying section of Division St. Seating for 35-40 people, but the manager said it can hold many more than that. Quiet atmosphere, low conversations. Hipsters and beer geeks, with a whole lotta laptops open. There was only one sports TV, thankfully turned way down. There are 16 taps, all of them Northwest brews, but an excellent selection. Variable pricing for 12-oz. or 24-oz. pours. They also pour to-go in 16oz. and 64oz containers. Sampler sets are available: $8 for five generous 4-oz glasses (Mason jars, actually). You can also buy bottles to go of anything on tap, with a $1 bottle charge. A good range of bombers are arranged by style; most from the NW but also other US brews and many ciders, too. Friendly owner and good service. 


3090 SE Division St
Portland, Oregon United States 97202
Hours: M-Th & Sun 12-10pm / F-Sat 12pm-12am

The Beer Mongers
This is also a small place. Seats for maybe 30 at tables and ten at the bar. It is fairly quiet, dark, and maybe just a bit dive-like. Lots of beer ads, and some sports-themed art on the walls. Low music, one sports TV on. Great selection of bottles, arranged by style. Some rarities, too. There are eight taps, all of them wonderful. I wanted to try all of them. You can also buy bottles and drink them there without a cap charge. This seemed like a no-nonsense sort of place, about one thing and one thing only: good beer.

1125 SE Division
Portland, Oregon United States 97214
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-12am

Saraveza is a great bar in a progressive Portlandia neighborhood. The name is a portmanteau word, combining the owner’s name (Sarah) and the Spanish word for beer (cerveza). The atmosphere is a bit rough around the edges (hell, they keep Hamm’s permanently on one tap): brick and wood and scuffed up bar stools. Sports art and ads on the walls, especially featuring the Green Bay Packers, -- the owner is a Wisconsin native. Lots of loud laughter and conversation between the staff and patrons. Ten taps, all Northwest brews (most of them new beers and also fairly different from the more geeky stuff that appears at, say, Belmont Station or Bailey’s Taproom) -- except for the Hamm’s. Sampler sets are available: five generous pours for $8.50. The beer coolers hold 250+ bottles, some vintages, some six-pack stuff. Friendly, quick, no-nonsense service. A limited food menu: their specialties are pasties and smoked meats. In fact, you’ll probably leave the place with the scent of sausages or bacon on your clothes. I had the half pasty and bowl of soup, both very good. Recommend this bar highly

1004 N Killingsworth St
Portland, Oregon United States 97217
Hours: M-Sun: 11am – 12am

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