Here is your first look inside the new McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottleshop that opens today, Thursday, November 19th, at 2290 NW Thurman in Portland. Though McMenamins’ impressive Pacific Northwest empire includes breweries, distilleries, wineries, cideries, and coffee roasters, the new bottleshop will combine all of that with hundreds of bottles from other beer and cider brands, as well as 16 rotating draft lines and much more.
The crew was hard at work stocking the shelves with bottles, growlers, and flasks when I dropped in yesterday. It’s a surprisingly open space with a handful of seats inside and outside. When all is said and done, there will be 40 different kinds of champagne, 30 or so ciders, a handful of non-alcoholic beverages, and many hundreds of beers. At a quick glance there seemed to be the great Pacific NW mainstays from Breakside to Occidental and hit Californians like The Bruery and some Belgian imports. It looks like all the beer and cider will be refrigerated behind UV doors, while the dry shelves are full of mostly McMenamins-brand liquor and other guests.
Three double-sided shelves are full of everything from whiskey to Bloody Mary mixers and bitters. There are even cocktail recipe books and lots of little booze accessories like coasters, flasks, sake cups, and much more. The merchandisers were busy setting up Christmas-time displays of holiday red flasks, Santa wine bags, McMenamins growler koozies, and a huge nook of McMenamins-branded shirts and hoodies and seasonal magnums of Anchor’s Our Christmas Ale.
Behind the counter the seventeen taps will have five guest taps on opening day, two McMenamins brand ciders, and the rest in-house beers with a special opening day selection and flight of different versions of their classic Terminator Stout. For $6 you can get a flight of four 5oz pours including one standard Terminator, one Spanish Coffee Terminator, one Billy Barrel Cherry Soured Terminator, and one ultra-rare Black Rose Terminator (re-barrel fermented with Roselare wild yeast blend). This flight is easily worth it, with the Spanish coffee version having a great smooth and nutty cold-pressed flavor and the Black Rose a tart black cherry flavor even more striking than the one that actually has cherries in it. If you’re not a taster tray person, you can get 10oz pours of any of them for just $3 a glass tomorrow.
Joining them on tap for the opening weekend are guest taps: Barley Browns Pallet Jack IPA, Boneyard Brewing Armored Fist CDA, pFriem Family Brewer Pilsner, Fat Head’s Shrinky Dinx double IPA and Ecliptic Brewing’s Strawberry Moon Sour. You can of course fill growlers, get pints or glasses of the beer. The draft pricing setup so far is McMenamins beers are $5 a pint (32oz growler $6.75 or 64oz $13.50) the High Gravity Ales will be $5.50 a pint (32oz growler $7.75 and 64oz growler $15.50), Brewmasters Rexerve Ales $5 for a 10oz goblet (32oz growler $10.25 and 64oz gorlwer $20.50) and Edgefield Ciders on Draft for $6 a pine (32oz growler for $8.40 or 64oz for $16.80). 23rd Avenue Bottleshop will have Growler Mondays & Thursdays with a beer of the week 64oz growler fill for $8 and for drinking on premise a beer special of the day that will run $4.
Outside of beer and cider the cafe style environment offers McMenamins wines Black Rabbit for $7.55 a glass and White Rabbit for the same. They have a full espresso setup with a simple list of 8oz Espressos, and 8 or 12oz Americanos, Cappuccino, Cafe Latte or Caffe Breve. And because they do offer a selection of spirits they will have tasters of much of their in-house booze and start off with cocktail specials but not a full cocktail menu. The opening spirits will cost $1 for a 1/4oz taste and opening cocktail is a Hot Buttered Rum for $5.
The 23rd Avenue BottleShop is in an old restored grocery store and vintage fixture of NW Portland. It’s across a parking lot on the same side of the street from McMenamins Tavern & Pool, which will supply food for the bottleshop. The staff will call in an order from next door and the waitstaff will run it over to you at the bottleshop.
Upcoming Scheduled in-Store Tastings:
Friday 11/20 Edgefield Wine 3-6pm
Saturday 11/21 Coffee 10am-12pm
Saturday 11/21 Spirits 3-6pm
Sunday 11/22 Coffee 10am-12pm
Sunday 11/22 Cider 3-6pm
2290 NW Thurman Street in Portland
across from McMenamins Tavern & Pool!
Open daily from 10 a.m. ’til 10 p.m.
Open on Thanksgiving from 10 a.m. ’til 2 p.m.