PORTLAND, ORE. – North Portland's Waypost Tavern, a continually evolving venue since its start as a coffeehouse in 2006, is putting more focus on local beer, spirits and cider by featuring local producers, starting with brewer David Lederfine and his Awesome Ales in November.
Much like it does with local visual artists, The Waypost will spotlight the work of different brewing, distilling and cider-making artists each month. That means an “opening reception” brewer's night the first Tuesday of every month, where patrons can meet the brewer, taste a range of their beers and learn a bit of the story behind the beers. Awesome Ales' reception will be Tuesday, Nov. 4 from 4-7 p.m.
“But, unlike other brewer's nights, this is no one-night stand,” says Jim Parker, the new manager for The Waypost who came up with the idea. “For the remainder of the month, we will devote two to three of our six taps to that brewery, rotating through their portfolio, so people can get a real feel for the brewer's full lineup.”
Starting in December, that approach will be expanded to include local cider makers and distillers as well. The second Tuesday of the month will be the cider-maker's reception with a variety of ciders available and for the next four weeks, The Waypost's cider tap will pour cider's from that month's featured cidery. The third Tuesday will be set aside for a distiller's reception and for the next four weeks, a special cocktail menu will be available, designed around that month's distillery.
The first featured brewery is Awesome Ales, founded last November by long-time local brewer David Lederfine. In addition to stints at McMennamin's, Oregon Trail, Three Creeks and the brewery now known as Astoria Brewing, Lederfine was one of the founders of The Snake and Weasel, a beloved Southeast Portland beer joint and music venue in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Awesome Ales is a “gypsy brewer” project, meaning Lederfine does not own his own brewing system, but leases time on other breweries' equipment. He is currently brewing at Seven Brides Brewing in Silverton.
On tap Nov. 4 will be his 4:19 IPA (after contract brewing a 4:20 IPA during the Snake and Weasel days, Lederfine lost the rights to that name when another brewery trademarked it), Southern Sky (which he describes as a French pale ale) and Spikedriver, his Northwest strong ale. Later in the month a stout may be ready to rotate into the lineup.
“I thought David and Awesome Ales would be perfect to kick off this series at The Waypost,” says Parker. “I have known David since before the Snake and Weasel and The Waypost reminds me of that bar in its heyday. The Snake and Weasel proved you can successfully integrate the music crowd and the beer crowd. We already have a strong following for our eclectic music, and my goal is to create as much excitement for our beer, spirits and cider offerings.”
In December, the featured brewery will be Stormbreaker Brewing (located in the former Amnesia Brewing space), with a reception on Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. The featured cider maker will be Swift Ciders with a reception Dec. 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. And, the featured distillery will be Dogwood Distilling of Forest Grove with a reception 4 to 7 p.m. On Dec. 16. There will be live music following each reception at 8 p.m.
Michael Newman opened The Waypost as a coffeehouse and venue in April of 2006. In 2011, he joined forces with Seth Prickett to transform The Waypost into a full-fledged bar and venue. The Waypost is open 2 p.m. To 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 2 p.m. to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. The Waypost is located at 3120 N. Williams Ave. (on the corner of Williams and Fargo). The phone number is 503-367-3182. www.thewaypost.com.