Solve Our Clues!

It’s a brand-new year! And so, we’re switching up the history quiz for the first time since 2014. Instead of images, we’re giving you clues. Think you’re a McMenamins’ history buff? Try identifying all the properties.


1. This brewpub was established in June 1988. Since the 1950s, its namesake neighborhood has featured an annual festival that includes the kilted mile run, the caber toss and the stone throw.

2. It’s located on an avenue, not a street like we named it.

3. The neighborhood in which this joint sits was named for a style of architecture, not an 18th-c. ruler or a flower.

4. The person for whom this space is named tweeted this today: “‘An estimated half of all college students struggle with food insecurity.’ Higher education has a problem: too many students leave heavy on debt and light on nutrition. This has to change.”

5. Although its namesake is a real place, the earliest documented mention is found in Robyn Hod and the Shryff off Notyngham (c. 1475).




1. McMenamins Highland Pub. This year, the nearby Portland Highland Games will be held on Sat., July 21, and include Scottish pipe bands, bagpipers and drummers; dancers and athletes; Scottish history and culture; “heavy athletics”; and whisky and beer tasting.

2. McMenamins E. 19th Street Café (on E/ 19th Ave.) OR Market Street Pub (on SW. 10th Ave.). And while the 23rd Ave. Bottle Shop is in fact located on Thurman St., it doesn’t correctly answer the clue; see above.

3. McMenamins Queen Anne. Also known within the company as “Roy Street,” this Seattle brewpub is in a neighborhood known for its American-style of Queen Anne architecture, known for its “cross-gabled or hipped, medium pitched roofs, highly ornamented and decorative elements, abundant spindle work, and compartmentalized rooms.”

4. Patty Murray Room at Anderson School. (No, not Murray & Allen! Ha.) Sen. Murray (WA-D.), born in Bothell, WA, is currently the third-highest-ranking Democrat and the highest-ranking woman in the Senate. She is a formidable champion of education, women’s rights, environmental concerns and more.

5. McMenamins Sherwood Pub. The adventures of Robin Hood and His Merry Men were set in England’s Sherwood Forest. In 1891, the town of Sherwood, OR, was renamed (from its original Smockville) by a local businessman who hailed from Sherwood, MI — which also coincided nicely with the Robin Hood craze that was sweeping the nation at that time.

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