Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Off the Beaten Path: Portland Beer Joints

I think photo credits go to John Foyston!

Enough Beer Blog, Dick waving talk! Lets' talk about something we all have in common..... BEER!

How about something rarely discussed on the general NW beer blogs?

No current events. No beer reviews. No blind faith reviews of the greatness of Portland's Brewing scene!

Lets' talk about good beer and where to find it! Not just good IPA's or other homegrown fav's, but the real world class variety shit!

Most blogs cover local beer events and the "Meet the brewers" functions, but how about those places that fall off the radar, but have a great beer selection beyond the basics? Yea! Sound interesting?

Other than the routine obvious beer joints; Concordia Ale House (which doesn't get enough web time), Green Dragon and that smelly old Horse Brass! How about something with a different ambiance and beer allure? Although, all the above places are "Not to be missed on any journey to Beer Mecca of the western world," Portland offers more than just home spun Hoppy libations!

This is the first installment of "Off the Beaten Path" Portland beer!

All of these bars offer beer knowledgable servers, which can be hard to find in Beervana, but that's another post!! ;-}

La Bodega

1325 NE Fremont St.
Portland OR

Hidden on lower Fremont Street is this little gem! With it's casual atmosphere and modern decor, you'd think you're not in a local beer joint. Owners Jonathan Jenkins and Amber Browne put on quite a show of homemade gourmet food along with weekend beer and wine tastings! There's NO "meet the brewers" here, because most of the beer tastings are from FAR out of the region.

Beers can be drank on sight or purchased at a discounted price to bring home.

Beer list:


Bornem Dubbel
Bornem Tripel
Augustijn Ale
Bruegel Amber Ale
Duvel Ale
Gulden Draak
Piraat Ale
Gouden Carolus d'Or
Het Kapitel Pater Brown
Orval Trappist Ale
St. Bernardus Witbier
Rodenbach Sour Flemish Red
Rodenbach Redbach (w/cherry juice)
Orval Trappist Ale
Saison Dupont Farmhouse Ale
Oud Beersel Vieille Kriek (dry Cherry)
Oud Beersel Framboise (Raspberry
Rodenbach Grand Cru
Moinette Saison
Brasserie des Rocs Blonde
Brasserie des Rocs Ambree
Brasserie des Rocs Grand Cru
Cantillon Iris


Trois Pistoles Strong Ale
Don di Dieu Blonde

...and many more!


A North West staple in local cuisine also has a wonderful little lounge and bar that serves up many local and international specialties! One of the only places to get Hair of the Dogs', Greg beer, made just for Greg Higgins.

With an old world, dark wood feel and classic turn of century bar, this is a great stop for the beer explorer!

Beer list:


Hair of the Dog Blue Dot Double IPA, Oregon $4.00/$5.00
Deschutes Mirror Pond (cask conditioned), Oregon 3.50/4.75
Bridgeport IPA, Oregon 3.50/4.75
Laurelwood Organic Free Range Red, Oregon 3.50/4.75
Lagunitas Red Ale, California 3.50/4.75
Paulaner Oktoberfest, Germany 4.00/5.00
Pilsner Urquell, Czech Republic $3.50/$4.75
Guinness Stout, Ireland $3.50/$4.75
Lindeman’s Framboise, Belgium Special $5.25
Chimay Tripel, Belgium Special $8.00
Special Guest Tap, Please inquire

Stella Artois, 11.2oz 5.00
Duvel, 11.2oz 6.50
Delirium Tremens or Nocturum, 25.4oz 12.00
Saison DuPont, 25.4oz 12.00
Fantôme Chocolat 25.4oz 15.00
DeProef Flemish Primitive Wild Ale, 25.4oz 12.00
DeProef Slaapmutske Tripel Night Cap, 25.4oz 12.00
Maredsous 8 Dark-Brune or 10 Triple, 25.4oz 12.00
Petrus Aged Pale Ale, 11.2oz 6.50
Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru, 25.4oz 15.00
Pauwel Kwak, 11.2oz 6.50
Affligem Dubbel, 25.4oz 12.00
LaChouffe or McChouffe, 25.4oz 12.00
DeDolle Bos Keun, 11.6oz 6.50
DeDolle Stille Nacht, 11.6oz 7.50
Grotten Brown Cave-Aged Ale, 25.4oz 12.50
Vichtenaar Flemish Ale, 11.2oz 6.50
Echt Kriekenbier, 11.2oz 7.00
Duchesse De Bourgogne, 11.2oz 6.50
Petrus Old Brown, 8.4oz 6.00
Liefman’s Kriek or Frambozen, 12.7oz 8.00
Orval, 11.2oz 7.00
Chimay Red Label, 11.2oz 6.50
Chimay “Cinq Cents” White Label, 25.4oz 12.00
Chimay Grande Reserve Blue Label, 25.4oz 12.50
Westmalle Dubbel or Tripel, 11.2oz 7.50
Rochefort #8 or #10, 11.2oz 10.00
Achel Trappist Ale, 11.2oz 10.00
Achel Trappist Extra, 25.4oz 20.00
Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vielle, 12.7oz 8.50
Cherish Cherry Lambic, 8.4oz 6.50
Boon Geuze, 12oz 8.50
Lindeman’s Kriek or Framboise, 12oz 8.50
Lindeman’s Cassis, Peche or Pomme, 12oz 8.50
Lindeman’s Cuvée René 1994, 25.4oz 25.00
Cantillon Grand Cru Old Lambic, 25.4oz 25.00
Cantillon Foú Foune, 25.4oz 22.00
Deus (Flanders/Champagne), 25.4oz 40.00
Scaldis Cuvée Speciale “Prestige” 25.4oz 80.00
Scaldis Special Ale, 8.48oz 6.50
Corsendonk Christmas Ale, 12oz 7.00
N’Ice Chouffe, 25.4oz 14.00
La Moneuse Special Noel, 25.4oz 12.00
Abbey Affligem Noel, 25.4oz 15.00
Kerst Pater Special Winter Ale, 25.4oz 15.00

Biere Les Sans Culottes, 25.4oz 12.00
La Choulette Blonde, 25.4oz 12.00
Jenlain Biere de Printemps, 25.4oz 12.00
Yeti Strong Golden Ale, 11.2oz 6.50
Castelain Blond Biere de Garde, 11.2oz 6.00
Great Britain

Young’s Dirty Dick’s Ale, 16.9oz 5.50
Traquair House Ale, 11.2oz 6.00
Traquair Jachobite Ale, 11.2oz 6.00
Bass Pale Ale, 19.05oz 5.50
Newcastle Brown Ale, 18.6oz 5.50
Samuel Smith’s Taddy Porter, 18.6oz 5.50
Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout, 18.6oz 6.50
Bombardier Premium Bitter, 19.25oz 6.50
Skullsplitter, 11.2oz 6.00
Thomas Hardy’s Ale, 2003, 8.5oz 7.50
Taunton Blackthorn Hard Cider, 12oz 4.25
Fraoch Heather Ale, 16.9oz 5.50

Bittburger Pils, 16.9oz 5.00
Berliner Kindl Weisse, 11.2oz 6.00
Reissdorf Kölsch, 16.9oz 5.00
Paulaner Hefeweizen, 16.09oz 5.00
Paulaner Salvator, 16.9oz 5.00
Schneider Weisse or Edel-Weisse, 16.9oz 5.00
Pinkus Muller Munster Alt, 16.9oz 5.00
Diebels Alt, 12oz 5.00
Ayinger Oktoberfest-Märzen, 16.9oz 5.00
Weltenburger Kloster Asam bock, 16.9oz 5.50
Aktien-Brauerei St. Martin, 16.9oz 5.50
Aventinus Doppelbock Weizen, 16.9oz 5.00
Aventinus Weizen Eisbock, 11.2oz 6.50

Czechvar, Czech Republic, 16.9oz $5.00
Rebel Pils, Czech Republic, 16.9oz $5.00
Oranjeboom Pils, Netherlands, 16oz Can $3.50
Samichlaus Bier, Austria, 11.2oz $7.50
Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale, Australia, 12.7oz $6.00
Negra Modelo, Mexico, 12oz $3.50
Negra Especial, Mexico, 12oz $3.50
Black Boss Porter, Poland, 16.9oz $6.50
Ephemère, Canada, 25.4oz $10.00
La Fin Du Monde, Canada, 25.4oz $10.00
Maudite, Canada, 25.4oz $10.00
Trois Pistoles, Canada, 25.4oz $10.00
Don De Dieu, Canada, 25.4oz $10.00
Quelque Chose, Canada, 16.9oz $12.50
Terrible, Canada, 25.4oz 11.00
Edition 2005 Unibroue, Canada, 25.4oz $11.00
Edition 2004 Unibroue, Canada, 25.4oz $11.00

Full Sail Black Gold Imperial Stout, Oregon, 22oz 15.000
Alesmith’s Horny Devil, 25.4oz 15.00
Alesmith Speedway Stout, California, 25.4oz $15.00
Ommegang Belgian-Style Abbey Ale, 25.4oz $10.00
Marin Blueberry Ale, California, 22oz 7.50
Boulder Beer Co. Sweaty Betty Blond, Colorado, 12oz 4.00
Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza, Michigan, 25.4oz 10.0
Jolly Pumpkin La Roja Amber Ale 10.00
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, 12oz 3.50
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, 12oz 3.50
Hair of the Dog Fred, Adambier, 12oz 4.50
Pabst Blue Ribbon, 24oz can 3.50

Victory bar

3652 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 236-8755

This self proclaimed WINE bar offers more than just WINE! They offer a nice selection of Tapas (Tapas are small plates) with interesting flights of wine, but they have a nice beer selection too!

6 beers on tap, rotating... big Belgium beers, summertime sessions and local fav's.....


Radeberger Pilsner, Germany
"O.K. Beer" Okocium Polish Pils, Poland
Aktien "Helle" German Helles Lager
Weltenburger Asam Bock, Dunkle Dopplebock
Schwelmer Heffeweizen, Germany
Weihenstephaner Dunkleweizen (dark heffe) Germany
Gosser Dark, Munich Dunkle, Austria

Klumbacher Pils, Germany

Coopers Sparkling Ale, Austraila

Eisenbahn Rauchbier "Smoked" bier, Brazil

Flag Porter 1825 Original, UK

Bavik Pilsner, Belgium
Witterkerke Witkier, Belgium

Grimbergen Blonde, Belgium
Gavroche French Red Ale, FR
Vichtenaar Flemish Ale, Belgium
Sterkens Dubbel Ale, Belgium

Sterkens White Ale, Belgium
Geants DuCassis Fruit Ale, Belgium

Echt Kreikenbier (dry cherry beer) Belgium

Cherish Kriek Lambic (Cherry Lambic) Belguim

Deproef Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale

Struise Witte (Witbier, Belgium)

Petrus (Flanders cave aged pale)
St. Bernardus "Pater 6" Dubbel, Belgium
St. Bernardus "Abt 12" Quadrupel, Belgium

Orval Trappist Pale Ale

Westmalle Trappist Tripel

Trappistes Rochefort 10 (Quadrupel, Belgium)
Girardin Gueuze, Belgium


Bam Bier Farmhouse Ale, Michigan

St. Bridget's Porter, Great Divide, Colorado

Stone Smoked Porter, sunny San Diego


Old Speckled Hen, English Pale, UK (Nitro-Can)

Tetly's English Ale, UK (Nitro-Can)
Bellhaven Scottish Ale, Scotland (Nitro-Can)
Murphy's Irish Stout, Ireland
Old German Premium (the world knows no finer) Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Oranjeboom euro Lager, Holland

Morrison Hotel

719 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 236-7080

No web site, but this is a funky little bar about 2 blocks from Green Dragon. They offer a huge beer menu of about 100 beers! Everything from Belgian to local... Check them out!

Servers are very knowledgable and helpful!


Anonymous said...

What a great idea. Imagine dr wort posting something that isn't controversial.

dr wort said...

Yea, kind of frickin' boring for me!

I don't want to disappoint my regular readers, so....

I figured, I've lived in Portland for Four years and keep talking to people who need a map to find downtown or crossing a bridge to the West side of the river is like visiting another country!

I learned quickly not to ask anybody in my neighborhood where to go to get a decent beer or meal. The answers are usually Plaid Pantry and Burgerville!

It's kind of strange... I find people who can drive to Cannon Beach, but have never been to John's Market in Multnomah Village.

I figured locals and people from out of state may want a little inside tract on some other drinking establishments. Although, Horse Brass and others are fairly nice beer joints, they kind of give the impression to outsiders that beer bars in Portland are a little on the "Down Home" Funky-Seedy side and don't know there are more elevated looks and styled beer establishments. These are not MY words, but reactions from some of my visitors!

Here's a funny story from an out of state visitor!

I brought him to the Horse Brass for a beer. We walked in the door and he took three steps in and stopped. Turned and looked at me and said, "I'm not sure I can do this.... I haven't had any of my Hepatitis shots!"

A couple other funny statements I've heard....

30 year old Oregonian tells me, "I've never been to Seattle!"

The California mystery and stereotype is pretty hysterical too...

When I say I'm from Northern California, some ask "Do you know and see a lot of movie stars?!"

Oh yea! That's like if Hollywood was Portland and I lived in Redding, California, 400 miles away!

Oh!.... The sun doesn't burst out of the sky at the beach when you cross over the Oregon/California border. Southern California beach Hotties don't play volleyball in Crescent City! The beaches in California are not ALL Sun baked and filled with beach bunnies everyday. 65% of the California coast pretty much like Oregon's coast. Gray and cold!

...and for the last time!

No! California's don't talk fast! Some Oregonian's just comprehend slower! ;-}

But, Yes, we do all have hordes of cash and will buy up all your real estate because California's haven't found many Oregonian's that WON'T take an extra $3K for their property! Don't what the Californian's to keep raising the real estate cost? I tell ya what, next time a Californian offers to buy your house for $10K over your asking price, tell them, "I'm sorry, but I don't want the value of real estate to go up in my community, so I'm going to sell my house to a nice Oregonian family for $10K under my asking price. I want to keep Oregon for Oregonian's only!"

I think it's time to become a "Big Boy" city....

OK... Now no one will be disappointed... ;-}

..and just in case you want to flame me... only REAL Dumb shit kickers use the word 'City Slicker,' just want to warn ya ahead of time....


Anonymous said...

LOL slow comprehension. Hey I resemble that remark!

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