Long awaited since we announced it in September 2015, Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom Portland pub is opening up its doors to the public this Saturday, August 6th, 2016. The Hood River, Oregon-based brewery has long been a destination for beer geeks, vacationers, outdoors enthusiasts, and families since opening in 2007. The brewpub in downtown Hood River has become almost as known and beloved for the pizza as the beer. The family-friendly pub is known for live music and lively evening crowds. The new Portland pub brings all that you know and love about the Hood River location to the up-and-coming family-friendly Woodstock neighborhood in southeast Portland.
Renovating the space formerly the home of Kilt bar and restaurant, and previous longtime tenant Mickey Finn’s Brew Pub, DM has turned it into a large bright space that makes maximum use of the building. New, larger pizza ovens can crank out even more pies for what’s sure to be droves of families in the neighborhood, who have already been ringing their phones off the hooks. Fans should not be disappointed with a food menu that has made a seamless transition to the new location, with pizzas coming out even quicker than at the original.
Seasonal white pie with pesto base, whole-milk mozzarella, imported fntal cheese, organic heirloom tomatoes, and pecorino-romano cheese.
Jersey Pie w/ hot capicola, provolone and Mama Lil’s peppers
Those pizza pies Double Mountain is known for are brick oven-fired and made in the New Haven, Connecticut style. Available in 10″ and 16″, they’re cooked at near 700 degrees F for burnt, charred bubbles but a thin and otherwise soft inside, crunchy on the outside crust. DM pies stand out with the fresh ingredient combos as well, such as my fave, the seasonal Heirloom Pie. In addition to nine different brick oven pizzas, there are salads, hummus plates, chips, salsa, guac, and olives, along with seven different sandwiches ranging from a BLT to bratwurst to subs. The kids menu has kiddie faves like PB & J, ham & cheese, and Goldfish crackers. There is draft root beer and soda, juice, coffee, and tea available for those who aren’t drinking beer.
The bar top and taps even look familiar; they’re noticeably close, but perhaps larger than the central feature of the original Hood River pub. There are also a LOT of DM’s beers on tap and bottles, too. A new decorative edition is a large wall mural of an old Blitz-Weinhard advertising graphic. It’s an interesting choice to be displayed in a small independent craft brewery, but it does serve to brighten up the space and add a throwback sensibility to the region’s brewing heritage. There is more on tap than house beers; DM is making forays into hard cider and now draft cocktails. Double Mountain Portland has a full liquor license, but is so far using it just for three draft cocktails: Fast Plane (a Gin & Tonic with housemade tonic and Broker’s Gin), The Great Squall (a Dark n’ Stormy with Sailor Jerry Rum and housemade Ginger Beer) and Lyle Rider (a Red Beer made from DM’s Falkor Belgian Golden mixed with Lyle Style Hot n’ Spicy Bloody Mary Mix and served with pickled asparagus.) All three draft cocktails are $7.50 each, and The Great Squall that I tried was very good. Also for those strange non-beer drinkers, there are eight wines available by the glass or bottle.
The space is open but split up into different seating areas in the front with a corner for live music that could perhaps double as a kids play area. The seating area swoops around the back of the bar towards the kitchen with some huge oak booths (I saw eight people squeezing into one.) Then in the back corner is a couch and table, a little cozy corner to hang out where there will soon be roll-up glass doors. It’s almost like a little adult chill corner with some open air and a walkway outside where there will soon be outdoor seating.
Double Mountain Brewery Portland does NOT have its own on-site brewery, but it does have some exclusive bottles not sold outside of the pubs, like The Irreverent (Belgian Quad) and Higgins (bourbon barrel-aged Scotch ale). The initial opening hours are at 11am until (?), and owner Matt Swihart hopes to add weekend brunch at sometime in the future.
Double Mountain Brewing Portland Taproom
4336 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97206