Horse Brass Pub Celebrates 40 Years: November 1 – 6

An exterior view of Horse Brass Pub in Southeast Portland. (image courtesy of Horse Brass Pub)
An exterior view of Horse Brass Pub in Southeast Portland. (image courtesy of Horse Brass Pub)

Forty years ago today, two brothers, Don and Bill Younger purchased what is now known as Horse Brass Pub. From the very beginning Horse Brass Pub served beers that expanded the palate years before the microbrew movement hit the Pacific Northwest. From the lauded Halibut Fish and Chips to the now 59 beers on tap, Horse Brass Pub is a true institution here in Portland. It’s a spot that all visitors on a craft beer trip should seek out.

Beginning today, November 1st and running through Sunday, November 6th, Horse Brass Pub will celebrate its 40th Anniversary. Of course with this occasion there will be many special beers being poured. Two have been brewed just for the 40th anniversary. One that is returning is Don the Younger from Russian River Brewing. This beer was brewed five years ago for the pub’s 35th anniversary. And the official Horse Brass Anniversary Ale is being brewed by one of Don’t favorite breweries, Rogue Ales.

A younger Angelo De Ieso (though he hasn't aged one bit) and the late Don Younger at Horse Brass Pub.
A younger Angelo De Ieso (though he hasn’t aged one bit) and the late Don Younger at Horse Brass Pub.

Expect the following beers to be pouring during the anniversary week. Many of these beers will be rotating as they kick throughout the six days.

Anniversary Beers:

  • Rogue Brewing, Newport, OR Horse Brass Anniversary Ale
  • Russian River Brewing, Santa Rosa, CA, Don The Younger

Staff Collaborations Beers:

  • Baerlic Brewing, Portland, OR
  • Culmination Brewing, Portland, OR
  • Migration Brewing, Portland, OR
  • Rosenstadt Brewing, Tigard, OR
  • Solera Brewing, Parkdale, OR
  • Sierra Nevada (Beer Camp), Chico, CA

Beers From the Horse Brass Pub Cellar:

  • 10 Barrel Brewing, Bend, OR – American Stout & Barrel Aged Wheat Wine
  • Alaskan Brewing, Juneau, AK – Smoked Porter 2013 + 2014
  • Bear Republic Brewing. Healdsburg, CA – Cuvee De Bubba
  • Bell’s Brewing, Kalamazoo, MI – Third Coast Ale
  • Boneyard Beer, Bend, OR – SugeKnight
  • Deschutes Brewing, Bend, OR (Sunday) – The Abyss Vertical 2009 – 2015
  • BrouwersVerzet Brewing, Belgium – 2013 Old Bruin
  • Double Mountain Brewing, Hood River, OR – 2013 Black PerleImperial Stout
  • Fat Heads Brewery, Portland, OR – Hop JuJu Imperial IPA
  • Gigantic Brewing, Portland, OR – Pipewrench Gin Barrel Aged IPA
  • Holy Mountain Brewing, Seattle, WA – 2015 Bourbon Barrel King’s Head
  • Lagunitas Brewing, Petaluma, CA – Doppel Sticky Double Alt Ale
  • Midnight Sun, Anchorage, AK – Beserker Imperial Stout
  • Ninkasi Brewing, Eugene OR – Ground Control Imperial Stout, N10 Imperial Blended Ale
  • Pelican Brewing, Pacific City, OR – Mother of All Storms
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing, Chico, CA – Bigfoot Barley Wine
  • Stone Brewing, Escondido, CA – WOOtStout
  • Widmer Brewing, Portland, OR – 2015 Brrrrbon Stout
  • Widmer Brewing/Cigar City – 2012 Old Fashioned Ale

Other Beers:

  • Crux Fermentation Project, Bend, OR
  • Ecliptic Brewing, Portland, OR
  • Flat Tail Brewing, Corvallis, OR
  • Everybody’s Brewing, Hood River, OR
  • Melvin Brewing, Alpine, WY – 2X4 Double IPA
  • Pilsner Urquell, Czech Republic – Unfiltered Pilsner
  • Six Point Brewing, Brooklyn, NY
  • Two Kilts Brewing, Sherwood, OR – Mosaic Me Crazy Double IPA

The above list is on a fraction of the beers that will be pouring over the six days. Every day there will be swag and prizes! And remember to ponder the great words of Don Younger, “It’s not about the beer, it’s about the beer.”

A view inside Horse Brass Pub in Southeast Portland. (image courtesy of Horse Brass Pub)
A view inside Horse Brass Pub in Southeast Portland. (image courtesy of Horse Brass Pub)

Horse Brass Pub
4534 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97215

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