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Lombard House – a Neighborhood Pub with a Beer Problem

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Lombard House

You may know Brian Koch from his time tending bar at The Commons Brewery tasting room, or perhaps from his stints at Upright Brewing or Saraveza, or, if you have known him as long as I have, then all the way back to Roots Organic Brewing. That is what made his new business make our Top Ten Most Anticipated Portland Openings of 2016. Today he opens his own place called Lombard House in the lower St. John’s neighborhood, just before it feels like you have completely left Portland. Lombard House does appear to be a house, with steps and side porches now fenced in for drinking, and a garden in the works.

The interior is small but cozy and almost feels lived in already. A handful of tables and a live oak ledge and 4 seat bar fill up the interior but the exterior leaves plenty of room. In addition to the deck seating and window to order beer from without returning to the inside, there is also a bark chipped backyard that’s about as pleasant an outdoor space as we have in Portland. Tables with tents, beer signs and a storage shed are outside, plus plenty of room for outdoor games with lights strung above for the evening. There is even a bike corral accessible from the street and behind a latched gate.

 

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Inside there are ten beer taps flowing, plenty for a solid taplist, especially as chosen by a well seasoned-pro. However, Brian Koch is careful not to call Lombard House a taphouse or a beer bar; he sees it more as a neighborhood joint with good beer. A place for friends and locals to hang out, not just come in for the latest super rare triple IPA. The opening day taplist reflects that with a great varied selection of drinkable beers. For one thing, Upright Brewing’s awesome Engelberg Pils will be a house beer always on tap, currently complemented by Gigantic’s Scrilla pale, Baerlic Cream Ale, Ex Novo Cactus Wins the Lottery, Occidental Festbier, Fort George Big Guns IPA, The Commons Rauch, and–a bit darker and harder to find–Barley Browns Disorder Stout, among others. Brian is also quick to point out they don’t have a bunch of bottles yet, but they do carry cans of Olympia and Rainier, just so you know they are not too fancy for you.

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Lombard House is the sort of place I would like to spend many hours in if I lived anywhere in the vicinity. It doesn’t serve food, but are right across the street from the Kruger Farms market pod and just a little up the street from the N. Lombard New Seasons Market, so you can bring food in. Sorry, no kids are allowed.

 

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Brian Koch and Brent Small

Lombard House is Open 2pm to midnight Tuesday through Friday, Noon to midnight on Saturday, and noon to 10pm on Sunday.

7337 N Lombard
Portland, OR 97203

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]

1 Comment

  1. Jim Parker

    September 17, 2016 at 2:58 am

    It’s actually Baerlic SHop Class: Cleopatra single hop IPA. Cheers!’

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