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Portland on the Horizon: Apex, Saraveza, County Cork – Oh My!

Saraveza's Imperial IPA festival is on tap for this weekend

You might have seen our editor’s “24 Hour Guide” to drinking in Portland. Its pretty incredible, so please check it out.

But we are at the dawn of a new trip to the PDX playground of beer. After visiting the city several times over the past few years, we are running out of new places to visit.

Now hold up quick before you start the attack: we know that you could visit a Horse Brass, Concordia Ale House, Belmont Station, Green Dragon, Deschutes, and Henry’s Tavern about 1000 times. I could stand another trip to Hopworks Urban Pub (HUB), The Beermongers, or New Old Lompoc’s barrel room – Sidebar. Seriously, we know.

But I thrive on new experiences and I am going to be in one of the best beer cities in the U S of A. So what are a few other places we might explore?


Saraveza – Imperial IPA Fest


Ok ok ok – this one is not new at all. I’m somewhat ashamed that I have been to Portland at least a half-dozen times without even a “pop in” to this Northeast Portland spectacle. Saraveza is one of the more celebrated Portland beer pubs and deserves better than a “Trip #7” scheduling.

But, as it turns out, we might be right on time. This week Saraveza is holding Imperial IPA Fest. The festival began yesterday (July 14) and runs through Sunday, July 18. It features over 30 different imperial IPAs, including offerings from Oregon brewers Laurelwood, Deschutes, Beer Valley, Oakshire, Alameda, Ninkasi, Lucky Lab, Double Mountain and even Gilgamesh (making a debut). Thursday showcases Pike Brewing and our boys from Everett, WA – Lazy Boy Brewing.

We’ll be there on Friday, tasting favorites from Hopworks!


County Cork


Another classic Portland beer bar that has escaped us – County Cork. The Cork is a classic English-style pub with a rumored connection with Columbia Distributing. Because of the connection, they appear to have Russian River beers on tap the majority of the time. A pint of Pliny or a pint of Blind Pig are generally in the cards.

On top of those beers, the Cork has an excellent menu. I’m fairly excited to try their scotch egg, hoping it exceeds the fried and battered monstrosity over at Horse Brass.

We’ll be by there tonight.


The Mother Load – Apex – A Beer Bar


Last, but certainly not least, is Apex. Apex is an attempt at creating the perfect beer bar experience for the NW. Tons of taps, incredibly rare beers, outdoor hanging space, and bike-centric, Apex meets the needs of the new world beer bar.

What built our immense excitement for this place? Its real-time tap list, which currently shows me that I should be there drinking their beer – right now! Hair of the Dog Blue Dot, Alameda Yellow Wolf 2x IPA, Double Mountain Vaporizer, New Belgium/Elysian Trip III (this still exists!!!) & Orgone Peppercorn IPA (what!?). Its pretty damn impressive.

A great description of Apex and its aura was posted at the Beer Cave recently. We also received a glowing endorsement from Seattle Beer Week & Brouwer’s Cafe‘s Ian Roberts, one of our most respected beer sages. Its safe to say that we will be visiting Apex this weekend. Expect a 52 Weeks writeup on this grog spot soon!

Anything else new? Please let us know at beerblotter@gmail.com


  1. July 18, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    If you’ve noticed there has been A LOT of talk about Portland and Oregon in general recently with all the beer festivals and craft breweries etc up there. However, this seems to always be the case come summer time. 😉

    I lived in Seattle for two years and made my way to Portland on more than one occasion. I have to say that there truly aren’t many states like Oregon and cities like Portland that are this obsessed with their food and beer. And I for one LOVE to see it and experience it! Their passion for everything do there is just infectious. Be careful down there, you might not want to come back. 😉

    I personally can’t say though that I spent enough time in Portland yet to recommend anything, but I did a quick Google search for you for some neat pubs. A couple of them remind me of places like Kells in Post Alley in Seattle and Three Lions Pub in Remond.


    Report back to us when you get back! 🙂


  1. July 20, 2010 at 9:16 am

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