Portland’s twin obsessions with coffee and beer are long-standing and with good reason: the city is home to some superb coffee roasters, and the city’s beer scene has a rep so good, it’s gone global. Add that there are at least a couple of coffee and beer themed beer festivals every year, and it’s a wonder that Portland hasn’t already got a place that combines the twin passions, opening early enough for coffee-drinking locals to get their wake-me-up on, and staying open late enough for evening beers before bedtime.
Proprietor Phillip Stewart has been working on this concept for months, and Coffee Beer soft-opened in early March of 2018, with a grand opening on March 16. Inside, it’s as much café as corner beer bar, with well-chosen options. In addition to all the classic coffee drinks, four taps pour craft beer, and more beers (and ciders) are in the coolers. There’s even a selection of liquor for those needing a little spike in their coffee.
The feel is certainly that of a local corner café serving the neighborhood. It’s also very much vegan-friendly; no dairy products are used. Your latté will have soy milk, almond milk, or another alternative in it, but it won’t come with milk squeezed from cows or goats. The food menu is vegan too, including pizza (yes, with vegan cheese), sandwiches, snacks, and sides.
True to its name, you can get your coffee and beer blended in the same glass (if that’s your jam). Phillip will draw a cold-brew coffee and blend it with either the house brew (good ol’ Rainier lager) or any other beer of your choice. If you like it bitter, try it with Coalition Brewing‘s Two Flowers CBD IPA.
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like Coffee Beer, especially if it’s close to home.
4142 SE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97206
Tel: (503) 946-8029
Monday-Thursday: 8am – 10pm
Friday: 8am – midnight
Saturday: 9am – midnight
Sunday: 9am – 9pm