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Civic Taproom and First National Taphouse Heat Up Portland’s Westside

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Portland’s Westside is getting a little beerier with the Civic Taproom and Bottle Shop opening near Providence Park and the First National Taphouse Portland by Portland State University.

The First National Taphouse will open its 2nd location in Portland a year after launching its first location in Eugene. As we reported on June 2nd, the new First National will have a full restaurant, bottle & draft selection, and patio. The prime location next to the PSU campus will show whether college kids are ready to embrace craft beer over PBR, and I bet will turn more than a few into future beer geeks, which is a good legacy for anyone. The new First National is scheduled to open on September 1st.

First National Taphouse – Portland
1962 SW 5th Ave.
Portland, OR

future home of the Civic Taproom and Bottleshop at 621 SW 19th, Portland

The Civic Taproom hopes to become the first new bottle shop and taphouse on the westside since Bailey’s launched in 2007. Co-Owner/Manager Spencer Raymond is an on-air anouncer for OPB and former Intel employee. He tells me that the aim is for a mid- to upper-scale bottle shop that carries beer, wine, and cider. The Civic will carry a substantial draft selection with 21 taps–2 of them dedicated to chilled wine, 1 non-chilled wine, 6 to cider, and the rest to craft beer. There will be 8 cooler doors dedicated to beer and cider to go. Named after the old Civic Stadium (now called Providence Park), the space will showcase its historical roots with unearthed vintage photos of the old stadium and its neighborhood. Spencer Raymond passionately described this ode to history in the many photos that decorate the space, each of which will have a description to flesh out the time, place, and details. The Civic Taproom will not have a kitchen, but is discussing a catering agreement with Elephants Delicatessen to provide fresh wrapped food and also has a number of great food options in the area for people to bring in their own.

The Civic Taproom and Bottleshop
621 SW 19th
Portland, OR

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: [email protected]

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