Fuegy storeThe Rock Creek Tavern is a gorgeous spot, nestled among the quiet hills and dales of Hillsboro, Ore. It’s a fantastic place to enjoy a cold pint beneath the trees while you listen to the sounds of the countryside and laze away a few hours of your day.

But its history hasn’t always been so serene…

Did You Know about the Bombing?

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The Barley Mill Pub (1629 SE Hawthorne, Portland) celebrated its 30th anniversary on Saturday, June 22, 2013. The pub was the first joint-venture of the brothers McMenamin, so we celebrated the property itself, as well as what that first foray has meant for the company at large.

Anniversary Lunch MuralIf you’ve been to the Barley Mill, you know that the place is festooned, adorned, bedecked and bejeweled with years and years of anniversary artwork. However, among the shining handcrafted gems (and some not-so-glittery efforts), hangs this mural by McMenamins artist Jenny Joyce.

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Who Was Hugh?

Take yourself downstairs, beneath the Old St. Francis hotel, to our brewery there, currently headed up by Mike “Curly” White.

Old St. Francis Stairway to BreweryLooking closely at this photo to the right, you can just make out a man’s face, peering through the window at left from the side of a fermentation tank. Who is that guy? It’s Hugh O’Kane (1854–1930), namesake of our O’Kanes Pub.

Yes, but who was he? His story is remarkable, and includes references to boxing in South Africa, imprisonment in Cuba, wrestling in Arabia, owning a Kentucky Derby-winning horse, the KKK and more….

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photo Now that the Edgefield Summer Concert Series is fully booked, any remaining dates in the upper amphitheater, otherwise known as the Fir Grove, are up for grabs!  What does this mean to you?  Well, if you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to book your company picnic, birthday or anniversary party – or even a close in wedding – the time is now.  Procrastination has paid off and you can reserve this stunning outdoor event space at a deep discount…some dates up to 50% off the usual food and beverage minimum.   

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Blue MoonThe Blue Moon Tavern & Grill, on the corner of NW 21st and Glisan St. in NW Portland, has a recorded history going back more than 150 years. (Well, not the pub itself, which has been through several renditions, but the land on which it stands.)

But before the Blue Moon, there stood the House of Wisdom.

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The Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan St., Portland) has a long and storied past, from churchgoers to longshoremen, from actors to beer-drinking film buffs.

MissionBuilt in 1912 (and today listed on the National Register of Historic Places) as the Swedish Evangelical Mission Covenant Church of Portland, it served the faith-based community in this building for 42 years.

Bring in the dockworkers! – that’s right, dockworkers. From pious church-going beginnings to serving the burly, blue-collar, longshoremen of the waterfront in one fell swoop. It must have been quite the 180-degree change. Those fellas stuck around for 28 years and then sailed on.

After a four- or five-year stint as a storage warehouse, the Mission building became home to a local acting troupe in 1986 or ’87, called Heart Theater. Sadly, their efforts lasted just about a year.

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Looking to get married on a Sunday?  McMenamins Edgefield has a deal for you!  With our Sunday Funday Special, all remaining Sundays from now until the end of 2014 are reduced to a $5000.00 food and beverage minimum.  There is no additional room fee once you reach the food and beverage minimum. We utilize our own onsite catering, and the minimum includes wait staff and bartenders, indoor tables and chairs, china, flatware, glassware and linens. 


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