“Eight years in it looks like we’ve grown up a little bit,” stated Sarah Pederson to her restaurant filled with family and friends on Monday evening. A few weeks back on Sunday, September 25th, Saraveza closed its doors to conduct a major overhaul of its kitchen. On Tuesday of this week the notable North Portland tavern reopened with an updated look and expanded food menu.
During the remodeling closure, the focus was on expanding the kitchen to add a deep fryer. With this deep fryer come some specialties from Sarah’s home state of Wisconsin, most notably, deep fried cheese curds. These curds are authentic to the Badger state as they’re lightly breaded to accent the gooey cheese inside. Now with the deep fryer, Sarah is excited to offer a Friday Night Fish Fry just like she would attend during her youth. This is something we look forward to trying her Portland spin on this tradition.
Beyond the curds, the menu is expanded to focus on what is described as an American regional food with a Midwest influence. The new menu features many more sandwiches that are all served with a side salad along with what looked to be a savory fried chicken dish. Rest assured as pasties are still on the menu but are no longer the major focus as now they’re a revolving dish.
Prior to the remodel Saraveza began to offer a very small whiskey selection, now it is offering up a twelve-bottle whiskey, Scotch and bourbon selection. This list of spirits is printed on new menus that are located on each table. These menus have also taken a note from Horse Brass Pub by printing its current draft list of ten beers along with listing the beers that are “On Deck”.
The most notable difference since the remodel is the new wall color choice. Gone is the old yellow color that is now replaced with the color Urban Bronze from Sherwin Williams. This new color definitely darkens the space, especially after the sun goes down. Above the bar Carl still remains to look over everything but the former open bookshelf is now enclosed with larger chalkboard display the ten beers on tap.
A great time to experience the remodeled Saraveza is tomorrow, on Saturday, October 15th when it celebrates eight strong years serving the craft beer community of Portland. Beginning at 11:00am and lasting until Midnight, Saraveza will be continually stocking its retro coolers with bottles for sale from its cellar. Look for special offerings from de Garde, Deschutes, Russian River, and many more! The final draft list will be revealed on Saturday morning.
Then at 10:00pm, Saraveza will offer its Toast to Craft Beer given this year by its beer buyer, Clark Prather. The crew at Saraveza will serve a complimentary pour of 2011 Cascade BrewingThe Vine along with a slice of cake.
Below is an exclusive video of Sarah Pederson and Mickey Pollizatto giving its Toast to Craft Beer.
Also mark your calendars for next Friday, October 21st when Brewpublic celebrates its 8th Brewniversary at Saraveza. For our annual event we have compiled a draft list that is looking quite amazing! Saraveza will be pouring two 2016 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal winning beers. Watch the website for additional details.
Saraveza 1004 N Killingsworth St. Portland, OR 97217
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.