Archive for March 2016

Ruby Turns 30

Ruby’s 30th birthday is this coming Monday, March 21. This light, fruity, raspberry beer is one of our best-selling recipes. Who among us hasn’t heard from a guest or customer at least once, “I love Ruby!” Thanks for that, and CHEERS! In 1986, McMenamins Hillsdale Brewery & Public House became the first brewery in the Pacific Northwest to legally use fruit in the brewing of ales.

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The Daddy Train

Beginning in the late 1800s, the coastal enclave of Gearhart, OR, was a favorite home-away-from-home for many Portlanders, as well as those from Salem, Olympia, Seattle and beyond. Rustic cabins next to elegant Victorians and fancy resorts (precursors to our own Gearhart Hotel), a pleasant summer climate and a wide stretch of sand dune-fronted beach made it an ideal spot for those who had the means to support multiple households and months-long getaways.

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The Stout is Out

Hooray, the stout is out! Today marks the annual release of our McMenamins Irish Stout, on tap now through the end of the month.

From the McMenamins brewers themselves: “McMenamins Irish Stout is made as traditionally as possible with our own little twist. It is a very dark, ebony-colored stout with a thick, creamy and long-lasting head. The flavor is a fantastic fusion of coffee-like roasted barley bitterness and semi-sweet chocolate. A moderate hop bitterness balances pleasingly with this hearty backbone, while tiny nitrogen bubbles enhance the sensation on your taste buds with a smooth, silky creaminess.”

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