What is now an institution here in Portland, Bailey’s Taproom has entered the New Year with anticipation of celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary this summer. But craft beer fans will not have to wait until July to celebrate, as Bailey’s Taproom will be hosting monthly beer events throughout the entire year.
When Bailey’s Taproom opened its doors in August 2007, the local craft beer scene was quite different than what we have today. During this time period downtown Portland was not known for offering more than a few beer destinations. There were two breweries, Rock Bottom and Tugboat Brewing, both of which are still open today. Higgins was offering an excellent selection of beers, there was Kells Irish Pub but beyond that the diverse beer offerings were not all that noticeable. Then Geoff Phillips decided to open a craft beer bar on a corner in downtown Portland that wasn’t in the friendliest section of the city.
Bailey’s Taproom opened in 2007 pouring 20 rotating taps with a handwritten beer menu located above the taps. Through the years the bar has evolved. It progressed to a digital menu board from DigitalPour, was the first to offer Crowlers within Portland and made other tweaks to better its services. Now Bailey’s pours 26 taps, two of which are always cider, one a cask and another on nitro.
In early 2013 Bailey’s announced that it acquired the space above the bar that was once home to the 24 Hour Church of Elvis. After settling on the name The Upper Lip, the new space held its first event in June of 2013. Then this past June Phillips opened its third business, BrewedOregon, selling Oregon beer merchandise alongside a small cooler of select Oregon brewed beers.
To kick off its 10 Year Anniversary, Bailey’s Taproom will host its annual CellarFest 2017 on Saturday, January 21st. Now going eight years strong, CellarFest is a day when the staff at Bailey’s digs deep into its cellar to find the best cellar aged beers to place on tap for one day only. This year is no exception from the partial draft list that the bar recently released.
Alaskan 2011 Perseverance Ale
Anchor 2011 Old Foghorn
Avery 2012 Samael’s Ale
Block 15 2012 Super Nebula
Boneyard 2012 Suge Knite
Deschutes 2012 Black Butte XXIV
Humboldt Brewing 2011 Black Xantus
Flat Tail 2012 Bourbon Porter
Full Sail 2011 Old Boardhead
North Coast 2008 Old Stock
Ommegang 2012 Three Philosophers
Sierra Nevada 2011 Life and Limb 2
Southern Oregon 2012 Black Heart
Southern Tier 2010 Choklat
Stone 2012 Old Guardian
Uinta 2012 Labyrinth
Widmer 2012 Old Embalmer
After CellarFest look for events each month. Here’s a look at events through June.
February 18 – UKFest: A Celebration of English, Irish & Scottish Styles
March 18 – BrettFest: Our good friend Brett finally gets the spotlight at Bailey’s
April 22 – GermanFest: Oregon Breweries Interpretation of German Styles
May 20 – Single Hop Fest: Exploring Hop Varieties and Their Unique Flavors
June 12 – New Oregon Breweries Showcase: New Breweries Show Off Their Suds (PDX Beer Week)
In July 2017, look for Bailey’s Taproom’s 10th Anniversary where the bar will feature 10 rare, one-off barrel-aged beers that Bailey’s collaborated with some of the region’s best craft breweries. Then in October our favorite event returns with the 9th Annual KillerBeerFest. Use hashtag #baileys10year to document your experience online.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.