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Growlers Hawthorne–> Taproom Under New Ownership with Jim Parker Behind the Bar

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Joe Rodgers behind the bar at Growler’s Taproom

Growlers Hawthorne opened in early 2014 and under new ownership began serving pints and added a “Gnome Room” in 2016-17. Now Portlanders Binh Pham and Joe Rodgers have purchased the space to transition it to Growlers Taproom. The duo has been remodeling the space to become more of a neighborhood taproom with an outdoor beer garden and a food cart. They have also added publican who’s well known about the Pacific Northwest–Jim Parker, fresh off a long stint with Baerlic Brewing. 

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new refreshed and remodeled Growler’s Taproom

The new owners are offering a sneak peek at their plans this weekend with the beer garden open for a special event before hosting a grand opening party the weekend of July 28-30.

“We want this to be a comfortable place for people from the neighborhood to come, hang out, have a little food, drink great beers and talk,” says Rodgers. “But we also want to keep the beer selection interesting enough that beer lovers from around the area – and tourists looking to find the best local beers – will seek us out.”

In its original incarnation starting in February of 2014, there was no on-site beer consumption. The business sold last fall and the new owner added beer, cider and kombucha by the glass and a couple of couches and easy chairs. But it became available once again this spring.

The first move Rodgers and Pham made was to build a small bar where the retail counter used to stand, install a new floor and add bar-height and table seating.

“We want it to look and feel like a taproom,” says Rodgers, who has worked at a number of Portland bars, including Roscoe’s and Bonfire. “When people come in, we want them to feel comfortable staying for a while.”

Next up will be converting the parking lot into an urban beer garden, complete with a food cart, fire pit and plenty of outdoor seating. The cart, KT Sandwiches, which will serve bahn mi sandwiches, pho, noodle bowls and more, is the official kitchen for the taproom and customers can order their food when they order beers and have it delivered to them.

The new owners retained the staff from the prior business, including Ruby Fusaro, who will manage the 40 taps that pour a rotating selection of the best from local, regional and national breweries, cideries and kombucha brewers.

Jim Parker

One notable addition to the staff is Jim Parker, who is a familiar name in the local and national beer scene. Parker is co-founder of several local pubs such as Oaks Bottom Public House and former pubs The Green Dragon and Belgian Embassy. Parker will be a beertender, assist with beer acquisition and plan events, including the upcoming DIY (Deliver It Yourself) Invitational, a two-day celebration of self-distributed beers and ciders.

Growler fills will still be available, but will not be the focus of the business. Growler’s Taproom will be the first business in Oregon to offer draft beer-to-go in 8, 12 and 16-ounce cans. Currently, the 32-ounce Crowler is the only option for canned draft beer.

“Trying to keep 64 or 32 ounces of beer fresh after opening the growler or Crowler isn’t possible unless you drink it very fast or share it,” Rodgers says. “Having to option to take 12, 16, or even eight ounces of beer to go I think is a game-changer.”

Growlers Taproom co-owners Joe Rodgers and Binh Pham

Growlers Taproom is currently open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will extend hours to 11 p.m. after the grand opening. 

3343 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, Oregon
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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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