Beer City Bottle Shop is now Open on N. Mississippi in Portland. The bottleshop and taproom takes over part of the old Pastaworks space just a block from Prost! and Bridgetown Beerhouse. We stopped in for a quick beer and to take a look around.
A super clean and mostly bright space Beer City has the simple and cold aesthetic of a car garage, all cement walls and lighting fixtures but they do their best to warm the space up with a little green tree, an odd beer sign, a cool blue color scheme wherever there is a non cement wall that can be painted. A sole TV is setup behind the bar for use on popular game nights. Best of all they have some interesting unmounted photos by one of the owners of interesting beer art, basically figures and shapes found in the bubbles looking down into ones pint glass. A handful of folks chatted up the bartenders on metal stools while off in the corner a couple of live wood slab tables and cozy leather love seat offer a coffee shop like intimacy.
Though it’s called a bottle shop I found the spaces focus to be the 8 rotating taps at the bar. They had a very nicely rounded opening taplist from Reverent Nat’s Cider, Upright Brewing Six and Elysian Space Dust IPA to name a few. Surprisingly there is only four cooler doors of bottles so far, again they are carefully selected with a strong variety and good brands with a little space for craft sodas and ciders. They have a couple of bottle deal specials if you pay attention including a “Create Your Own 6-Pack” of 12oz bottles or cans for $10 which could be good depending on what they have and you select. There is also an Opening Special of pre-mixed 6-packs to go for $8 each.
Like a Tin Bucket or Growler Guys the Beer City Bottle Shop folks already have a display of their own personally branded shirts, hats and growlers. I gotta say these guys have a good looking logo that translates well to shirts and branded merchandise.
Beer City does have a very limited food menu of panini grilled sandwiches made behind the bar. I did not try any but there is an Italian Melt ($8.50), Cheese Melt ($6.50), Turkey Melt ($8.50), Beef & Cheddar sandwich ($8.50), and a BBQ’d Hawaiian sandwich (also $8.50). For bar snacks they also have a Meat & Cheese Plate with Salami, Capicola, Prosciutto, Brie, Fig Jam, Whole Grain Mustard and bread for $9.50, a Hummus Plate for $8 or a pint of Pretzels for $1.
The New School first reported on Beer City back in October 2014 where it raised some controversy over distance and comments about nearby Bridgetown Beerhouse. From purely a by the numbers comparison between Bridgetown and Beer City they both have 8 rotating taps, Bridgetown serves no food but Beer City does, Bridgetown has around 500 different bottles and Beer City only around 150. From our perspective the only substantial difference is the completely different brighter decor including big person sized glass windows and industrial feel. Do you want to drink in the dark or the light?
Beer City Bottle Shop
4214 N Mississippi Ave
Monday – Thursday 3pm – 9pm
Friday – Saturday 1pm – 10pm
Sunday 1pm – 8pm
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