52 Weeks: Saraveza, Portland, OR
32 out of 52
(still getting caught up. We are such slackers!)
1004 N. Killingsworth St.
Portland, OR 97217
Type of Establishment: Beer bar, trendy Portland hangout, Bottle shop, Pasty Tavern
Visit: After a 5 hour, yes 5 hour, drive from Seattle to Portland (this drive normally takes 2 hours, at most) preceded by a long day at work, I was practically out of my mind once I arrived at Saraveza. Knowing there was an IPA festival awaiting me kept me alive during the grueling drive.
Beers on Tap:
HUB (a.k.a. Hopworks Urban Brewery) Evelyn Sunshine
HUB Ace of Spades
Cascade Imperial Wheat IPA
Bottles: Saraveza serves over 200 beers in bottles stored in glorious light filled coolers calling you into the depths of beerdom. Some highlights: Ommegang Chocoate Indulgence Chocolate Stout; The Bruery Saison Rue; Mikkeller It’s Alive Belgian Wild; Mikkeller Beer Geek Stout; De Ranke Kriek; Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus and more!. Click here for a complete list.
Food Options: For the full menu click here. I personally tried the picked deviled eggs. It was a jazzed up version of a childhood, summer picnic favorite- a must have for the table! They are known for their pasties. Potato, veggie, cheese and meat are cooked in a light, flaky crust; kind of like a calzone for woodsmen and Germans. I had the vegetarian option and it was flavorful, but slightly dry. It could have used some stone ground mustard on the side or another dipping sauce.
I was basically silent the entire cab ride from the hotel to the bar. I was starved and needed a beer to take the week’s edge off.
We arrived to a packed bar. People to my right standing at tall boy tables and glowing coolers full of bottles to my left. We keep walking – no time to gawk – we need a table, stat! Past the bar is a small dining area with a few booths, all wooden with tall backs. Holy crap, we get a table. The gods know what I just went through, a hellish ride on Interstate 5. Crawling for 100 miles. The table tops are made of bottle caps covered in glass- always a nice touch.
Despite the intensity of the crowd, the waitress was extremely attentive. We order a sampler tray of IPAs- 5 10poz pours for $8.00- done deal and an order of the pickled deviled eggs. Okay now that I am satisfied with my first sip of beer, I finally take a moment to soak in my surroundings.
Portland: organic, adventurous, wilderness. Words that come to mind when I think of the city and those that inhabit it. Saraveza’s decor captures the essence of the city- Paintings of outdoor scenes, mountains, forests. Heads of wild animals hang from the walls. The added kitschy adornments gives Saraveza a warm, welcoming feel.
All in all Saraveza is worth a stop. It felt out of the way, but to me, almost every neighborhood in Portland feels “out of the way.” A small space with a cult following, expect to fight for a table. But once you sit down with a beer in your hand and an egg or sausage on your plate, the crowds will just melt away.
Note: Sorry for the lack of pictures- I was on a serious mission that night- beer + food.