On a search for Bayocean, “the city that fell into the sea”, Lori and I stopped in at Pelican Pub & Brewery in Tillamock. The pub and brewery is located in a warehouse in the Tillamock industrial area. They carved out a corner of the warehouse for the pub (more the feel of a tasting room). In seating in the pub you are seating in the brewery. Lori had a pint of one of their IPAs and I had their stout. We also did a small chicken and fries to nibble on. All was fine and since there is not another brew pub with in 50 miles we were lucky this on was here. So if you are in Tillamock and looking for a brew pub to go to this is it.
I finally got back for a visit to Columbia River Brewpub with Lori after a hike on Sunday. I manage to get some photos this time. The place is still a nice brewpub and amazingly not busy. It was a nice afternoon so we grab a table outside. We started off sampling three beers. I went for the stout (malty, smoky yet refreshing) that Lori dislikes and she went for an ESB ale which I disliked. Third beer was an IPA that was both had as our second choice. So this answers the question of why are there so many different styles of beer. We don’t all like the same thing. We got there right at the end of happy hour that I took advantage of by ordering the happy hour nachos. Nothing on the happy hour menu grabbed Lori so she decide to go for a regular order of chicken strips, which include a lot of chicken. Both were good but not the best I have had. The waitress was very attentive and nice. Since I was here last they have added a couple of dartboards but otherwise it was pretty much the same. Overall I like this place. They provide good beer, good food, a nice place to enjoy them and at a good price. I still don’t get way this place isn’t busier.
Columbia River Brewing Co.
1728 NE 40th Ave.
Jeanette and finally had a chance to try 10 Barrel Brewing – spoiler alert – we are not fans. That fact we had to wait a hour to get a seat a lot of folks don’t agree with us. Most of the seating is what they call community seating so you can plan on sitting with strangers. They do have few tables that you don’t have to share and we manage to get one of those. They have 20 beers on tap that come with cute names but don’t really tell you what they are. There is somewhat more of a description in the beer menu but still leaves you guessing. They are happy to let you sample beers. They were heavy on Belgium beers and did off a sampler of beers they pick. We initially ask for three samples and the waitperson brought two samples and went ahead and just brought the other beer. Two samples were not good but fortunately the beer that was brought was good. We tried one more sample that was not good and decide we would both just go for the chocolate stout that was brought. In looking at the 20 beers they had we were lucky to find one.
So on to the food. The menu was limited and expensive but not totally out of line for the pearl. Having recently had hamburgers at some other pubs for $8.50 the $14 was up there. The fries were average and came with enough ketchup for about three fries. Jeanette tried a couple of appetizers that she was not thrilled about and were up there in price. Seeing other food coming out of kitchen they struck me as on the par with what we had.
For atmosphere it was nice they could open large garage doors to let the street noise in. Our table was fine for conversation and we were not crowd together as some of the other seating was. We caught the place a little before 4 pm and right at a shift change. So service was OK but I think the staff was busy with the crowd so they did not add anything to the experience.
I think if you live downtown this is the type of experience you are use to. I certainly have found better places. So I would put this place at the bottom level of the Portland Standard list and would only returned if forced to.
10 Barrel Brewing
1411 NW Flanders St.
Portland, OR 97205