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Gustav’s Opens Bargarten a New German Beer Garden Concept Pub

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Portland-based Gustav’s, a local German restaurant and bar institution, has just opened a new concept in Keizer Station outside of Salem called Gustav’s Bargarten. The new bar and restaurant takes the German beer hall and outdoor beer garden concept and updates it with a casual but classy American vibe. One of the main features is an open floor plan with a year-round outdoor beer garden that’s covered and heated. The change from more traditional German-style and atmosphere exemplified by Gustav’s other locations in Portland, Tigard, Clackamas, and Vancouver have been refreshed to include local Northwest beers like a new exclusive “Fest” beer from Breakside Brewery.

Gustav's Bargarten

Gustav’s was once almost the only location for German fare in Portland until Prost! opened on N. Mississippi, followed by Willamette Week’s 2015 Best Bar, Stammtisch. Perhaps from more pressure from the corporatizing of the modern American public house from local chains like Thirsty Lion has given Gustav’s the impetus to become more competitive.


Gustav’s describes Bargarten as “a modern Bavarian social house specializing in contemporary German fare in a space with floor to ceiling windows, a bar in the middle of the space, and sliding doorss that open to a large covered patio for year round indoor-outdoor dining.” The German inspiration offers a difference between Thirsty Lion’s British influence or the scizophrenic menu of a Yardhouse or Henry’s Tavern. The outdoor beer garden concept is also severely lacking in Oregon and should be a huge attraction in the shopping center that is Keizer Station.

Gustav’s Bargarten has 30 taps of still mostly German beer, but also includes local favorites like Breakside and menu classics like fondue, proprietary Bavarian style sausages, schnitzels, fondue fritters, pretzel sandwiches, Bavarian meatballs, and flammkuchen, among other things.

Breakside’s “Fest Lager” (it’s called Bargarten Bock at the Bargarten location) is an Oktoberfest-style festbier. A delicious, stronger lager with a sweet malt character and great drinkability. 5.2% ABV and can be described as follows:
Bready, toasty malt notes from Vienna and Munich malts are offset by a kiss of Opal hops to create a veer that is at once rich and refreshing. Enjoy with a sausage and sunshine in your favorite biregarten — toasty, bready, caramel.
Bargarten outdoor photo from

Bargarten outdoor photo from


Gustav’s Bargarten is now open at 4064 Keizer Station Boulevard, OR. (503) 967-1819

Hours of operation:

 Monday – Thursday 11 am – 11 pm

Friday 11 am – midnight

Saturday 9 am – midnight

Sunday 9 am – 11 pm

Brunch – Saturday and Sundays from 9 – 4 (lunch will be offered as well during that time.)

Happy hours – every day 3 – 6 and 9 to close


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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