Monday, May 13, 2013

The Oregon Public House

The Oregon Public House is putting a new spin on the pub model and donating 100% of their net profits to charitable organizations. I had heard a little bit about this place and had thought it actually opened a few months ago. However since it wasn't in my usual flight path it was only a passing blip on my very crowded beer radar screen, until this past weekend.

Saturday afternoon we met up with some friends at Breakside Brewery to enjoy the gorgeous day and beers on their patio. During the course of conversation one friend brought up The Oregon Public House and being that it was just a couple of blocks to the west we thought this might be the perfect opportunity to check it out. Being ever cautious (and not wanting to lose our prime patio seats unnecessarily) I wandered down the block and verified that they were open. Once our glasses were empty our group relocated to their small sidewalk patio area.

Their tap list of 12, primarily Oregon brews was full of plenty of great choices and couple in our group also ordered snacks - hummus platter and sweet potato tots - from their menu which offered appetizers, sandwiches and salads. Their third menu (above) listed the current charities the proceeds will benefit. An additional bit of coolness to this donation model is that when you order a pint you have the opportunity to select which charity will receive the approximately $1/pint donation. Those interested in making a larger donation can choose from three Founders levels, ranging from $500 to $2,500 and receiving free beer for life by the month, week or day and a personalized pint glass that can be used at each visit.

They are currently open Tuesday - Sunday in a soft opening stage with the grand opening coming up this Friday, May 17. I suspect details about the grand opening will be shared via their Facebook and Twitter accounts (two of the five social media accounts they've wisely established). If you're like me and NE Dekum isn't in your usual flight path you may want to like or follow, as appropriate, to stay in the know.

The Oregon Public House
700 NE Dekum St, Portland

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