Scout Beer Brewery & Taproom Opens this Week

Scout Beer Brewery exterior

The long awaited Scout Beer Brewery & Taproom is scheduled to open this Thursday, September 22nd at 1516 SE 10th Ave., right around the corner and behind the new English-style soccer pub The Toffee Club. Scout is going to be a small brewery and family-friendly taproom and is one of our Top 10 Most Anticipated Portland Openings of 2016. Though it’s a brand new brewery, it’s actually an off-shoot of the Scout beer gardens located in The Gantry food carts at Zidell Yards and the Tidbit Food and Farm Garden on SE 28th and Division in Portland.

Scout Beer bar

Founder and brewer Joseph St. Martin, along with his equal Scout partner Sean Oeding, and beer collaborator and developer of soda syrups and many other menu items, Zena Lichter, are unleashing creative bites and beers often inspired by campouts and childhood snacks. The beers–like “Porridge” a cinnamon, raisin, vanilla oatmeal pale ale–will delight adventuresome drinkers and those turned off by straightforward ales and lagers, while surely angering the purists. If you still enjoy a hot chocolate or mocha, only with a hit of booze in it, you might be just the person to enjoy Joe’s beers like the “Kentucky” coffee bourbon hazelnut stout or “Panama Jack” coconut and rum brown ale.

Joe is a longtime homebrewer who has been brewing beers and collaboration with Portland U-Brew–aka Unicorn Brewing in Sellwood–to brew beers for his beer gardens, but will soon be brewing on his own 5 barrel brewhouse with 15 barrel fermenters. It won’t be operational by the opening this week, but the pub will have plenty of beers brewed at U-Brew and others to fill the ten tap lines. Plus there in-house special soda flavors and guest cider, but no liquor, round out the drink offerings.

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The wood-clad and camping lantern-lit space is fairly intimate, with six bar seats, rails, tables, a floating bar by the roll-up doors, picnic tables by the brewery and outside make good use of the space. A couple of TVs should be good for movie nights, and a small DIY set-up behind the bar will provide an eclectic menu. First off are the basics of salads, sandwiches, and soups, but cheese and charcuterie boards will also be offered cold or hot from a panini press. While there is not really a kitchen, the crew is still trying to make as much stuff in-house as possible, down to housemade artisinial s’mores.

Here is the soft opening food menu, which will expand as things start rolling.

Sample Appetizers

old bay popcorn ( gf)

spicy bacon filberts

marinated chili olives  (vegan & gf)

pretzel & beet mustard (vegan) – add house made beer cheese sauce

Sample Entrees

meat and cheese trays, housemade accompaniments and a rotating option of five meats and five cheeses

romaine hearts, anchovy, pulled croutons, parmesan, caesar dressing

seasonal mixed greens, arugula, roasted cauliflower, roasted potato, pickled vegetable vinaigrette (vegan & gf)

Scout kale, pulled croutons, filberts, bacon vinaigrette

grilled baguette, cured meats, herbed goat cheese spread, arugula, pasta

grilled baguette, assorted cheese, arugula, fog jam

Sample Desserts

s’mores platter, toast your own marshmallow, then build your s’more w/ classic hershey’s chocolate & graham cracker

beer float, choice of beer and ice cream scoop combinations

milk & cookies, chocolate swirl cookies with brown butter and gray sea salt served with nitro vanilla cream ale

Opening Night Scout Beers:

Nori-torious – Gose Salted with Nori
Intergalactose – Vanilla Cream Ale (Nitro)
Tanglad – Lemongrass Saison
Porridge – Cinnamon, Raisin and Vanilla Oatmeal Pale Ale
Pretty – Strawberry Rhubarb IPA
Jam – Marionberry Red Ale
Panama Jack – Coconut and Rum Brown Ale
Anaphylactic – Peanut Butter Porter
Kentucky – Coffee, Bourbon and Hazelnut Stout
Joseph St. Martin at his new Scout Beer Brewery

Joseph St. Martin at his new Scout Beer Brewery

Scout Beer Brewery & Taproom
1516 SE 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97202
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