It seems as if every neighborhood in Portland has its own beer bottle shop but one neighborhood that has been absent to this trend is the Portland’s Northwest Neighborhood. This is all about to change on tomorrow when McMenamins opens its first dedicated bottle shop at the corner of trendy NW 23rd Avenue and NW Thurman with its McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop.
On Thursday, November 19 at 10:00am McMenamins will open its doors to around 800 bottles of beers from Oregon and beyond along with its exceptional line of house distilled spirits from Edgefield and Cornelius Pass Roadhouse distilleries. McMenamins has been rehabbing the former space that housed the 23rd Avenue Market that sits across the street from the Northwest Multnomah Public Library branch. It also is a stones throw away from McMenamins Tavern & Pool that is separated by a parking lot.
McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop is the latest in the expanding McMenamins empire. The new Bottle Shop will feature over 800 bottles of craft beers, ciders, wines and spirits from McMenamins and around the globe. There will also be a section of more than thirty-nine sparkling wines, ranging in price from $12.75 to $279.
There will also be weekly cocktail specials, Monday and Thursday growler fill specials and food served from Tavern and Pool located just to the south. When it comes to its tap selection there will be 16 offerings featuring McMenamins’ handcrafted ales, hard ciders and rotating guest beers.
Inside the 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop will offer indoor seating with outdoor seating most likely coming next year. The artwork that adorns the old refurbished cooler was from McMenamins in house artist Lyle Hehn. He’s responsible for all but one of the McMenamins Spirits labels. The intriguing light fixtures went unused at its recent Anderson School project and were shipped back to Portland to be used at the Bottle Shop. And for those of you wanting to pickup a quick bottle or growler fill there will be 15 minute parking between the Bottle Shop and Tavern & Pool.
The 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop opening also coincides with the 30th Birthday of McMenamins Terminator Stout. To mark this occasion there will be four variations of Terminator on tap in the bottle shop, while supplies last. The variations include the original recipe, Billy Barrel Cherry Sour Terminator from Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Brewery, Spanish Coffee Terminator from Thompson Brewery and Black Rose Terminator from Edgefield Brewery. Wine, cider and spirits tastings will also be available throughout the weekend as part of the grand opening celebration.
Passport Stamps will be available at the bottle shop for McMenamins Passport holders, and on opening day guests can stop by for Terminator’s 30th Birthday Passport Discovery Hunt.
McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop will be open daily from 10:00am to 10:00pm.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 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 the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.