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Royale Brewing Opens The Garrison Tap Room in St. Johns

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Royale Brewing has opened its long-in-the-works tasting room called The Garrison Tap Room in the St. Johns neighborhood of North Portland. Royale Brewing is a small-scale brewery in North Portland, owned by Ben Preacher, Paul Bastian, Mike Weksler, and Jack Houston, who also own Green Bottling, a local mobile bottling service. The brewery first started producing beers in 2014, but has kept a pretty low profile so far.

St. Johns has a long history, originally settled in 1850 and founded as separate town from Portland. Its position at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers made it a natural for the marine industry. It was connected by rail to Portland in the late 19th century, attracting more industry, and St. Johns became known as a blue-collar working-class town. Its status as a separated incorporated town ended in 1915, when it was annexed to Portland. Modern-day St. Johns has evolved into a residential district with its own small downtown area with shops, restaurants, and bars. Royale Brewing’s Garrison Tap Room is located in downtown St. Johns on N. Lombard Street in the new Two-Thirds micro-restaurant complex, and fits right in with the neighborhood.

 

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The overall feel of the pub is a neighborhood-oriented locals’ bar. Royale’s own mural artworks dominate the walls. The room is simple and spartan otherwise, and seats about 30 or so guests. A roll-up door opens up the space to a patio right outside. The Garrison Tap Room is a straight-up beer bar, featuring a full range of Royale’s beers, both ales and lagers. There’s no kitchen; the Kuza Burger cart was serving right opposite the entry door during opening weekend, and vegan Indian restaurant The Sudra is also in the same complex.

 

The Garrison Tap Room

The Garrison Tap Room

 

Wall murals

Wall murals

Royale’s standard lineup of four beers includes Fat Unicorn pale ale, Royale Pilsner lager, The Visitor red ale, and The Royal porter. All four of these were featured on tap, as well as two other Royale brews, Beestig blond and Vienna lager. The beers served were in good shape on the opening weekend, and the two lagers – especially the Royale Pilsner – promise a refreshing drinking experience during the warmer summer months to come. For the time being, The Garrison will be open five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday.

Belly up to the bar

Belly up to the bar

 

Tall cool Royale Pilsner

Tall cool Royale Pilsner

Situated in downtown St Johns, the Garrison Pub will be one of several good destinations for a pub crawl through the neighborhood, or just a good place to stop for a cold one. Business looked good over the opening weekend. St Johns has a great new little taproom featuring Royale Brewing’s range, and it’s worth a stop in.

Royale’s The Garrison Taproom, 8773 N Lombard Street, Portland, OR 97203

Royale Brewing, 55 NE Farragut #6
Portland, OR 97211; telephone 971.279.5587
Royale Brewing on Facebook

Don Scheidt has been into good beer since before the dawn of craft brewing in the Pacific Northwest. He created the Northwest Brewpage, a regional guide to good beer in Oregon and Washington, back in the mid-1990s, but has since retired it. Don started writing the Washington state “Puget Soundings” column for Celebrator Beer News in 1998, and continues to do that today. Don also wrote about beer for the Seattle Weekly in 2005-2006.

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