Archive for June 2015

Wedding Stamps!

That’s right McMenamins Passporters and Cosmic Tripsters – we now have an exclusive Passport wedding stamp! Tie the knot at any of our locations, or have your wedding reception with us, and the two people who make up the newlywed couple will receive the exclusive flying wedding cake stamp to commemorate the big day.

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What’s in the Brew?

This Saturday, June 20, we mark the 32nd birthday of the Barley Mill Pub, the first joint the brothers opened together as “McMenamins.” As one of the many traditions that have sprung up around this annual event (get your pub projects in by 5pm today!), one of the most revered is the annual Hillsdale lunch, in which a select group from the company gathers together to contribute their significant bits and pieces, dribs and drabs, clippings and cut-outs collected during the year to put right into the Barley Mill Anniversary Brew.

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A Toast with Joe

This weather can make one think longingly of gin and tonics. As you may know, our Penney’s Gin is a 90 proof American dry gin produced at Edgefield Distillery. Per our own description: “It is handcrafted using the traditional English method in which pure grain spirit is distilled alone, with its vapors passing through carefully selected botanicals. Ingredients include whole juniper berry, sweet orange peel, lemon peel, freshly zested lime and cardamom. The aroma is rich in juniper and fresh citrus, making it ideal for spring- and summertime cocktails.”

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Miss Cornelia Spencer

As has been mentioned here in the past, several of the Kennedy School guestrooms have been renamed to celebrate the people who attended, worked and taught at the school. With another school year soon coming to a close, we look back at one woman who dedicated four decades of her life to children’s education.

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Connection to the Civil War

This week, we take a look at one of our properties’ direct connections to the Civil War – no, not the yearly Ducks/Beavers mêlée, but the actual War Between the States (April 1861-May 1865). The beautiful Salem home that is known today as the Thompson Brewery & Public House was built by hand by a Civil War vet and his son in 1905 – Franklin Thompson’s story is below.

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Connection to the Civil War

This week, we take a look at one of our properties’ direct connections to the Civil War – no, not the yearly Ducks/Beavers mêlée, but the actual War Between the States (April 1861-May 1865). The beautiful Salem home that is known today as the Thompson Brewery & Public House was built by hand by a Civil War vet and his son in 1905 – Franklin Thompson’s story is below.

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The Rebels’ Priest

Ponder this true story of Dominic O’Connor, an actual Irish hero who finished out a celebrated life in central Oregon and assisted in the founding of the Old St. Francis School.

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From Blind Pig to Rams Head

Have you been to the Rams Head yet, to try a little something off their updated cocktail list?

Maybe a Fremont Furnace (Aval Pota, Herbal Liqueur No. 7, honey, lemon, hot apple cider, heavy whipping cream and cinnamon) on this dark and rainy day? Or a Mai Tai (Maui Dark, Appleton VX, Clement Creole Shrubb, housemade orgeat and lime) to remind you of sunnier days gone by? Or, heck, try a trio of Jellies to take you back to your college and/or tailgating days.

This cozy spot has long been a good place to settle in to enjoy a drink – read on… 

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A Tribute to Mike Ryerson

The Expose Yourself to Art (1978) poster, featuring soon-to-be Portland mayor Bud Clark flashing a bronze statue, was photographed by local journalist Mike Ryerson. The poster was initially conceived by Clark and Ryerson as a fundraising effort for the Venereal Disease Action Council. However, it struck a chord with people worldwide and went on to sell well over a quarter-million copies in just five years (and many more since then). 

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Vanport: “DON’T GET EXCITED”

We’ve been partners with the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) on our Kennedy School’s monthly History Pub series for nearly 10 years now, exploring such far-reaching topics as Oregon’s wine industry’s migrant workers, the Chemewa Indian School, WWII conscientious objectors, the history of Pickathon and beyond.

 In March, in honor of Black History Month, we took a look back at the Vanport flood catastrophe, a day in Oregon history that affected thousands of African Americans in the region. 

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