As first reported on The New School in early June, downtown Portland’s popular BrewCycle Portland bicycle pub tour operation has opened a taphouse of its own called the BrewStop. You may have seen–if not ridden–on Brewcycle’s large, 10-seat rolling covered bar around a number of spots, primarily in the Pearl District of NW Portland. The successful biz has 3 different bikes to accomodate demand, and has just opened a 24 tap pub with local liquor for cocktails and a food menu centering around quesadillas.
Currently in soft opening status, the “BrewStop” is primarily the central location for all BrewCycle Pub tours, with the pub opening about 3pm and closing after the last tour at around 11pm or midnight. It’s still under the radar, as even the website doesn’t mention the pub, nor is there a real sign out front yet. Located directly behind the Mellow Mushroom on NW Flanders just north of NW 14th in the Pearl, it’s just right across the street from the Rogue Public House as well.
BrewStop has those fashionable big roll-up glass doors that are large enough to pull the huge bike pubs in and park them in the front of the shop. A doorway off to the side leads down a short hallway around the bike parking with open glass to see the bikes. It’s essentially like a downstairs partially open garage. A walk-in cooler and small new kitchen provide a rotating assortment of local beer and food. Ownership is smartly concentrating on breweries that the bikes don’t make stops at and are a little out of the area. Some of the beers on tap included: Breakside Pils, Amnesia IPA, Upright Four, Burnside Oatmeal Pale Ale, Terminal Gravity ESB, Laurelwood Free Range Red, 10 Barrel Sinist0r, and more.
The BrewStop will cater to both riders on their tours to get a drink and a bite before or after a bike tour and as another craft beer destination downtown, one in which to get acquainted with all the local breweries in one place. A number of large group tables line the backside of the room, each with a flat screen TV above it, which will make this a great place to catch some sports. I can also see this making a fine lunch spot when it opens for regular hours after the slow opening roll-out, which could see also see it opening as early as 10am for their first tour. Also, to encourage locals, there will be a shot by a local distillery (they only carry local booze) on offer with your beer for just a buck extra for a happy hour special.
Right now you can stop in to the BrewCycle BrewStop afternoons at 3 or 4 and evenings daily, or perhaps earlier if you catch them doing a tour. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates as they get closer to a full-blown opening: https://www.facebook.com/brewcycleportland
BrewCycle Portland BrewStop
1425 NW Flanders St. Suite A
Portland, Oregon 97209
Phone (971) 400-5950