As part of my continuing quest to explore the beer, food and historical venues of McMenamins’ Pacific Northwest brewpub
empire, in mid-May 2016 I spent two hours at their six-acre Cornelius Pass Roadhouse
property located in the western Portland
suburb of Hillsboro.
What awaited me was more than I had imagined! During my visit I engaged all of my senses: taste, smell, touch, and hearing, as well as sight.
To start off I had a refreshing beer and an excellent steak for lunch. For quite a while I wandered about the bucolic,
well-tended grounds, delighting in each fresh discovery. I admired the various buildings, both historic and new. I toured the brewery and distillery. I even continued my new hobby of photographing unusual pub restrooms.
This was also the time and place that I started on my McMenamins Passport adventure
by purchasing a McMenamins Passport,
and getting my first three Passport stamps.
During my time there I visited each part of the grounds more than once. It was so quiet and peaceful that I felt I had to tread carefully — as if I were exploring a holy, majestic European cathedral rather than an American pub property! It is hard to put into words what I felt there.
Although I got some nice shots during my visit, they don’t do the place justice at all. Your presence is required in person! During my two-hour stay, I took exactly 100 photos. The best 47 are on display in the first part of this album.
On 16 July 2016, I returned to attend their 15th Annual Roadhouse Brewfest.
During the four and a half hours I was there I tried 12 beers and hard ciders (10 samples and 2 pints), had two meals, listened to live music, went on a Discovery Hunt, got four more stamps in my Passport, and took 54 pictures and a video. The best 17 photos (plus the video) have been added to this album.
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