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Portland’s Lents Neighborhood in Winter and Spring
Wednesday 1 June 2016   —   Category: Outings
Most of the time, the photos I take on an outing are at the primary destination of that outing. But occasionally I take pic­tures at locations which are on my way to or from the primary destination.

Twice this year, after volunteer sessions at Free Geek in February and May, I made short stops in the southeastern Portland neighborhood of Lents, orig­i­nal­ly its own separate town, about six miles from downtown Portland.
The main reason I wanted to stop in Lents was to check out the Zoiglhaus German Brewery & Pub, which opened in September 2015, a block north of Foster Road on SE 92nd Avenue.

Lents’ location on the I-205 and the MAX Green Line make it easy to access. Zoiglhaus is just a short 200-yard walk from the Lents Town Center / Southeast Foster Road MAX Station.

This is a convenient place to stop for refreshment after a day’s outing, as I am on my way back to where I parked my truck at the Clackamas Town Center Transit Center, which is the south­east terminus for the Green Line and only three stops south of Lents.

As you can see in this photo and the next, Zoiglhaus is definitely not some dark, dingy, dismal dive.
This picture shows the central bar area. The entire seating area is pretty large, with quite a few tables, and lots of open space. The huge skylight above the bar provides great lighting.

It was kind of disappointing that the place was so empty, but I suppose it is a lot more crowded in the evenings and on the weekends. Besides, they had been opened for only five months, and it takes time for the word to spread.
On my first visit in February I tried their Lents Lager. Ac­cord­ing to the brewer:

“Our house lager is based on the Bavarian Helles, which was created as a response to the rise of the Pilsner beers in the 19th century, being less bitter and a bit more malt-focused. A great Helles combines a clean, crisp malt background with a subtle yet present spicy hop flavor. It has an elegant simplicity and ultimate drinkability.” Meas­ure­ments: 5% ABV • 22 IBU

I didn’t write any notes that day, but if I rememeber correctly, it was pretty good.

Seeing that it was around noon, at which time I have eaten my main meal of the day for the past 26 years, I definitely wanted some good German food to go with my beer!
I had their Jägerschnitzel, described on the menu as “hand pounded pork cutlets with rich mushroom gravy, served with spätzle.”

It was pretty good for the price, but I couldn’t help comparing it to the more tender and expensive veal Jägerschnitzel I have had numerous times at Gustav’s (see photo.) No matter how you slice it, a pig just isn’t a calf!
Accompanying the main dish was great salad that was so much nicer than the ones you get at restaurants sometimes, which have obviously been dumped straight out of a sack.
After my satisfying meal I decided to walk around a bit. One of the attractions I didn’t want to miss in Lents was the famous (for Portland, anyway) Belmont Goats, only a block away from Zoiglhaus.

Victims of gentrification, the herd found a temporary home in Lents after being kicked out of Goat Field in Portland’s Central Eastside.

After carefully studying the beautiful portraits of each goat on their Web site, I would say that the white goat is Chester and the black one is Lefty, his brother.
Soon it was time to continue on my jour­ney. As I was approaching the MAX sta­tion, I encountered this 46-foot metal sculpture entitled Out of the Brambles, by Wayne Chabre, hanging on the west­ern retaining wall of the station. Above it you can see a Green Line train that is a bit blurry because it was moving.
While waiting for a train on the MAX station platform, I was treated to a won­der­ful view of the 11,249-​foot Mount Hood, the highest peak in Oregon, 43 miles to the east.

I have taken many photos of this moun­tain over the years, but each time I see it, its awe-inspiring majesty still takes my breath away.
My next visit to Lents and Zoiglhaus was on a lovely evening in early May. This picture shows the view I had from my sidewalk table where I was relaxing with a beer at around 7:45.

A block away, the trees which the sun was set­ting behind are located where I had taken photos of the Belmont Goats during my pre­vi­ous trip.

Seeing that Portland ranks highly among the most bicycle-​friendly cities in the world (see article), it wasn’t surprising to see bikes parked in front of Zoiglhaus.
The beer I was sipping outside was their Kicker Kölsch. Ac­cord­ing to the brewer:

“Brewed just like in Cologne: German Pilsner malt and wheat malt, German Magnum hops for bittering, Hallertauer hops for aroma and a spicy note. Fermented slow and cool with an au­then­tic Kölsch yeast strain brought back from your Brew­mas­ter’s studies in Germany.” Meas­ure­ments: 4.9% ABV • 25 IBU

My notes from that day read: “Pretty good but I think I like their Lents Lager better. This has a taste I can’t identify ... A bit nutty? A bit something...? It seemed better after a few sips!”
Back on the MAX station platform wait­ing for a train, I noticed a guy sitting off to the side, with headphones on, gazing into the sunset. This picture was a per­fect way to end my two outings to both Zoiglhaus and the goats in the Lents neighborhood.

I took 49 photos in Lents; the best 17 can be viewed in the Portland Lents Neighborhood 2016 album.
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