First National Taphouse expands to Southwest Portland

The first successful location of the First National Taphouse opened in Eugene, Oregon just over a year ago in May of 2013 but is already branching out to open a Southwest Portland location near Portland State University. The new taphouse and bottleshop will open near SW 5th and College Way.

First National Taphouse made news in Eugene not only for their beer selection but also their use of “stock market pricing” ie the more popular/frequently ordered beer the price would rise while the less ordered dip in price and all fluctuate. This pricing model won’t be making the leap to the Portland location, one of which owner Jennifer D’Annunzio plans to be a model for more locations on the west coast.

The concept First National plans with the PDX location is more of a full service, high end pub, with a bottle shop and growler fills. The new spot will have some irish influence in the food but focus on locally sourced ingredients with happy hour, lunch, dinner & late night menus 7 days a week, and brunch Saturday and Sunday.

Photo from First National’s Eugene location

Of course what we really want to know is about the beer, First National PDX will have 30 taps of rotating craft beer, another 8 taps for wine and possibly Kombucha as well. They are not limiting themselves to just local or even US beer but will have an international selection and an impressive bottle selection in the 500-600 range. The pub will roughly have seats for 90 and a patio with seats for 30.

First National PDX soft opening is estimated at about August 15th and looks like an exciting new addition to the Portland scene especially in the relatively limited offerings in Southwest Portland.
Located at the corner of SW 5th & SW College Way. 1962 SW 5th Ave.

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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: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com

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