Sunday, June 10
Brewligan's Bottleshop & Taproom In Troutdale, OR
I made it a point this weekend to get out and hit a few places that I haven't been to before. Brewligan's showed up some months back on my radar, especially because I used to live nearby in Gresham, OR briefly because of work and girlfriend, both of which are in the past (though I still work for the same company, just now north in Vancouver, WA. The breakup on my part forced the move north, and I like to use the income tax savings as an excuse for the move).
I am all open ear's and eyes when I hear about a new small business serving fine craft beer. Especially in my neck of the woods here in the northwest. I finally made it out to Brewligan's today for an afternoon drive. I popped in to meet the owner, take a few pics, and see what the place was all about. John the owner was very cool, and had a lot of good things to say about the area, and breweries around the parts, and his old stomping grounds. We had something in common. I gave him a few of my business cards, and told him what my blog was all about. Pure grassroots craft beer advocacy.
I took a few pics outside, and then walked in. It took me a couple tries to find a comfortable seat, but alas, I had found one. The place was pretty slow (as expected for being a Sunday, and about 3:00pm when I showed). If I am checking a place out, I don't want it to be during a mad brewers bash or tasting event. I ordered a White Wit brew from Maui which I hadn't tried, and was pleasantly surprised by it. It is a sunny day, and the beer hit the spot. It was quite good.
I talked a little with John, and we chatted a bit about other business which are alike, and he spoke highly of a lot of other smaller establishments that I hadn't even heard of yet. I try to keep up on everything, but it is pretty difficult, not being employed by, or a part of the industry.
The bottle selection was small, but finely chosen. John expressed his concern with keeping beers fresh and to-date. I like that. I find that to be very important for a bottleshop. After all, where in Troutdale can one get such great bottles? I think it's a nice spot. A hidden gem really.
There are 5 beers on tap, and John expressed to me that they often have Boneyard's Imperial IPA Hop Venom on tap. He goes through them quick because he often has a special growler fill price of $11 for it. That is pretty much unheard of in most places. So the kegs go fast. He does however keep a nice selection on tap of heavier beers, and light for just having 5 taps. I like that.
I hope to limber up my N64 thumb, and get in there to share some good times, bust some ass, and have a killer beer again soon.
Check it out if you are on the road up to Mt. Hood, Hood River, or even on your way back west on I-84. It's just a simple shot off it. It's small, it's comfortable, and the people are great.
275 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale, Oregon
Sunday: 12 - 8ish
Monday - Thursday: 3 - 10ish
Friday - Saturday: 12 - 10ish
If you're here were staying open!
Feel free to call us at 503-489-5919
Posted by Brewmance at 5:20 PM