The Civic Taproom near downtown Portland and the Timbers home field, Providence Park, is finally open, giving folks on the west side of Portland a new option for taps and bottles. As first mentioned back in August, the Civic Taproom is right next door to Providence Park on SW 19th, less than a block off of W. Burnside, and gives a great craft beer option where there was not much of one before. The pub features a digital tapboard of 22 taps, with 16 of them draft beer and cider, 2 of them dedicated to nitro beers, 2 to white wine and 2 for red wine.
Located a block over from Providence Park in the new Civic Building with apartments above and shops on the ground level, the Civic is primed to be packed for games. Even if you’re not headed to the stadium, the space has five flat screen TVs to catch games on while enjoying a beer, wine or cider at the taproom. While beer does take up the majority of the focus, I was surprised/impressed to find 6 taps with cider and 4 with wines aimed to really please a broader audience.
Right now Civic Taproom is stocking about 250 bottles of beer, cider, and some wine, but plans are to get up to about 400. There are around 30 different cider bottles, and those will scale up to about 50, along with about 30 white wines and 30 red wines by bottle. The owners are mostly concentrating on local producers, with a few carefully selected options from out of the region.
The centerpiece of Civic Taproom is the bar, which seats 14 people, two of those are ADA accessible. There are 5 tall pub tables and a banquet bench seat. That’s not a ton of seating, but I expect standing room only on some game nights, and they could definitely add more tall tables if need be. There will also be some room to put about 20 seats outside on the sidewalk, and the owners hope to be able to get the permit to build semi-permanent street seats in the outside parking area.
Civic Taproom will have meet the brewer nights every Thursday beginning in January, with about 3 breweries and 1 cidery being showcased each month.
Civic Taproom & Bottleshop’s Grand Opening is Saturday, December 20th, all day long. Featuring Buoy Brewing, Mazama Brewing, and Rev. Nat’s Cider with drafts, free samples and an all-day “Civic Duty Hour” (Happy Hour), which is $1 off anything on draft. FYI, Civic Taproom has no food options but you can bring food in from outside.
621 SW 19th Ave
Open 12-12 Every Day