Senate Bill 813, known as the Oregon Brewpub Bill, passes, allowing proprietors to brew and sell beer on the premises. Hillsdale adds a brewery, dubbed Captain Neon's Fermentation Chamber, and brews our first beer, Hillsdale Ale.Terminator Stout is brewed for the very first time and is still being poured today.
Bagdad Theater & Pub opens on Portland’s bustling Hawthorne Boulevard. Edgefield continues to grow, with the opening of an onsite brewery, McMenamins' largest to date, and the timing couldn't be better... The Power Station Pub opens on the property, serving beer crafted mere steps from its taps.
The cold wind was too much for one farmer, but in 1911 county officials thought Troutdale, Oregon was a good place for a poor farm. 75 years later, McMenamins envisions the now-abandoned institution as a magical spot for adventure, and Edgefield hotel rooms in the manor and the Black Rabbit Restaurant open for guests.
In a growth spurt of epic proportions, 19 pubs, small bars, venues and a hotel open. They include such highlights as Rock Creek Tavern, Greater Trumps cigar bar, Downtown Portland's iconic Crystal Ballroom, Olympic Club Pub, Kennedy School, and joining the Seattle-area community with four pubs.
Grappa is the first when spirts begin percolating from the still at Edgefield Distillery, and the adjacent Pub Course opens for the first swing of a club.Echoing with tales of Shanghai tunnels and resident spirits (of both kinds), the White Eagle Saloon & Hotel opens with regular live music to rock the house.
Topped with a rooftop bar and anchored by a cellar speakeasy, McMenamins becomes the custodian of a historic building to house Hotel Oregon on the picturesque main street of McMinnville.Our southern outpost, Roseburg Station, opens in an old train depot.
The drumroll of a marching band marks McMenamins' opening of a stately manor on 13 acres in Forest Grove. The Grand Lodge honors Mike and Brian's parents with namesake bars on the property.UFO mania is resurrected with a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Trent UFO sighting near McMinnville at Hotel Oregon's first UFO Festival.
McMenamins takes the reins of a wedge-shaped block with a kaleidoscopic past in Downtown Portland and opens the Crystal Hotel, Zeus Café and Al's Den.Meanwhile, down in Wilsonville, a beautiful old church is refurbished and a neighboring pub is added, complete with grassy amphitheater and gardens.
What a long strange trip it's beenWhen Mike and Brian McMenamin talk about the Barley Mill Brew, an annual brewing tradition on the anniversary of our very first pub, they talk about the "connection with where it all started" and "the idea of sharing and being a part of the brew... that's the idea behind our business." With that in mind, we'll "just keep truckin' on" for years to come.