Applebee’s uses the slogan “It’s a whole new neighborhood” despite being a chain and making every neighborhood seem as though it is a cookie cutter version of the next one. In Portland, Oregon, creative establishments distinguish us as the kind of city in which places like Applebee’s are exposed for their contrived nature.
Portland’s East Burn, located on E. Burnside and 18th Ave. (former home of Nocturnal and other venues), is a new destination for beer zealots like us. In addition to made-from-scratch foods, many of which employ local and organic ingredients, East Burn features 16 rotating taps and locally squeezed cocktails made with locally produced spirits.
An upstairs dining area features a portion of the microbrews and an adjacent outdoor patio leaks in smoke from outside. Downstairs, a darker, chiller ambiance features more of the good stuff. Barkeep, Cat, works the downstairs portion on Tuesdays and says it is where people hang out to focus on drinking. And she couldn’t be any more right…
East Burn hosts monthly Beer Belly Dinners featuring regional beers paired with their artisan foods. The next dinner is on March 12, 2009 and will feature Captured By Porches brewer Dylan Goldsmith. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information, visit East Burn’s website. http://www.theeastburn.com/
Angelo grew up in Maine and is proud to call New England his original home. Cascadia is now his home. He fell in love with great beer in Oregon, Washington, and Northern California.
He has been a correspondent for the Portland Tribune's Guest on Tap column, LivePDX.com, and has been featured in publications such as Beer Northwest and PDX Magazine. Angelo also has a great interest in independent music, and has been a booker and organizer for shows around the Portland under the name Pop Tomorrow! Angelo garnered much knowledge regarding beer from his experiences homebrewing, working at Belmont Station, Pyramid Brewing, Upright Brewing, By the Bottle, Beer Revolution, Olde Depot Public House, Falling Sky Brewing, Cascade Brewing, and from many many knowledgeable, passionate, and loving people along the way. It is Angelo's mission to bring "infotainment" and "edumation" to the readers of this website. If you have any questions or comments, or would like to contribute, please contact me at email@example.com