July 23, 2010

The bar scene in Portland is different. They take a culinary approach to cocktails, and we appreciated that. We also appreciated the beer selection. We appreciated so much that we drank more than I can remember us drinking in several years.

It started at our hotel bar (Clyde Common), where we had a whiskey and gin drink and also ordered olives and fried almonds. The Clyde Common was stocked with liquors and liqueurs we’d never seen before. It was also stocked with hipsters and beautiful people like we’ve never seen before. Cool place to hang out, and everyone was unbelievably and genuinely helpful and friendly. We went back at the end of our trip for more cocktails and some inspiring popcorn.

At Bye and Bye, one really can’t ask for more — friendly service, good layout, great cocktails, wine and beer. And vegan food. Everything there is top notch. Do not miss out if you’re in the city. We had “Lefty’s Prayer” (beet infused tequila, rosemary syrup and lime with salt), “Three Liars” (Cucumber gin, lime and sugar), “My Father’s Son” (Whiskey, Averna, bitters and a cherry) to start and then started in with beer. And again, we had to return.

The beer selection is different out west. They just have access to different distributors, and I would say overall the beer is higher quality. The following list covers almost all of what we had (I starred the ones we really enjoyed):

EKU Pilsner*

New Belgium Brewing Sunshine, Skinny Dip* and 1554

(think grassy, malty, manurey)

Full Sail Amber

Alaskan Summer (Kolsch style)*

Wakonda Firthr

Deschutes (so many)*

Ninkasi (a bunch)

Goose Island Matilda*

Pinku Pils*

Trumer Pils

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