Think you’re a McMenamins history buff? Identify the five properties associated with these images.
Hint: This was taken in 1985.
Hint: Bring your own chalk.
Hint: It’s the first spot we built from the ground up.
Hint: “Everything’s great ‘til you tow a judge’s car.”
Hint: These fish (or descendants thereof) are some of the earliest employees of the company.
This photo of Tavern & Pool from October 1985 shows a slice of life in this NW Portland neighborhood “before it became a trendy destination,” according to the Multnomah County Library gallery. A few months later in February 1986, the pub hosted “Alequake 86,” a takeoff of Portland’s Artquake festival. The event introduced attendees to brews from several microbreweries as well as work by local artists.
On the 2nd floor of the Art House at Old St. Francis School, you might (or might not) find this space where guests are encouraged to leave their mark. In chalk only, please.
Oops. Turns out my hint was not technically correct. While McMenamins on the Columbia (shown here) was the first ground-up build, we only lease that building; the company didn’t build it. Our first new build was John Barleycorns. So you got this one if you guessed either spot.
This Episcopal parish hall, built in 1930, was reopened as McMenamins Oregon City in 1995, becoming a hangout of courthouse staff from next door – although on one unfortunate day the pub’s unofficial motto became: “Everything’s great ‘til you tow a judge’s car.”
The Greenway Pub opened in 1983. At its core were three scores of taps and a fish tank, a survivor of the earliest McMenamins’ efforts — Produce Row and McMenamins Wine and Ale. In the shadows, an eel lurked, the gold fish disappeared, and an ungrateful lionfish made a casualty of its provider.