Loyal Legion Closed by OLCC, will Open Saturdays Only

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Loyal Legion sign and booth

Portland’s most anticipated new beer bar, Loyal Legion, opened on July 8th and was greeted by huge standing room only crowds before the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) shut it down this week pending a permanent license approval. The good news is that until these issues are cleared up, the bar will obtain a special permit that allows it to open every Saturday from 11am to 2pm until the end of August.


Loyal Legion Oregon beer hall

I do not want to repeat what has already been written about in detail here and here, but to sum it up, the amount of arrests in the area of the beer bar triggers a review by the OLCC and a long 6 week or so delay before possible approval. Kurt Huffman, owner and founder of Loyal Legion and the ChefStable Group had planned to string together temporary alcohol permits until the permanent one came through, but that is no longer possible. Facing a six week delay and no guarantee of approval, this puts employees out of work and starts the 99 tap Oregon Beer Hall off on a rocky start. Hopefully these Saturday openings will alleviate some pressure and build anticipation until the space obtains a permanent license for this exciting new addition to the Portland beer scene.

Loyal Legion: Oregon Beer Hall
705 SE 6th Ave. 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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