With over 800+ bottles of craft beer, spirits, wine, sparkling wine, and a plethora of glassware, McMenamins 23rd Street Bottle Shop has supported the neighborhood for almost a year. All the more reason to swing by November 12th, to say cheers to their first year.
While you're there take away their celebratory beer McMenamins’ Birthday Beer No.1, a "combination of fermentation farmhouse ale aged in Hogshead Whiskey barrels, brewed, blended and bottled at McMenamins Edgefield". With a limited number of of these 500ml bottles for sale, it woud be wise to get one early.
In addition to shopping, the Bottle Shop encourages you to enjoy an $8 taster tray of McMenamins beers, including the limited-edition Migg G's Tart Cherry Sour from the Kennedy School Brewery or Dying Embers from Crystal Brewery.
Finally, the Bottle Shop will be happy to stamp all McMenamins passports with a special birthday stamp.
The space that is now the 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop was originally owned by Homer Medica (photo taken in 1985, the second more recently) and his mother Rose, who were longtime friends of McMenamins.
In 1993, famed Portland author Ursula K. Le Guin (writer of more than 80 short stories, two collections of essays, three volumes of poetry, and 16 novels) published a photo essay book called Blue Moon Over Thurman Street, in which she and a photographer documented all 45 blocks of people and places. As a fixture of the neighborhood, Homer was interviewed for Le Guin's book and was included in her acknowledgements.
We are pleased to continue the legacy of this welcoming neighborhood joint, albeit in a slightly different fashion than Homer did.
N.W. Beer Guide