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A Visit to the Portland McMenamins Broadway Pub
Saturday 12 November 2016   —   Category: Dining Out
On the day at the end of June 2016 when I took my Swiss wife and daughter to the Portland airport for a three-​month visit with their family in the Old Country, af­ter I had another tasty shakshuka at Port­land’s Tasty n Sons for lunch, I con­tin­ued my Mc­Men­a­mins Passport ad­ven­ture by visiting the Mc­Men­a­mins Broad­way Pub, on the corner of NE 15th Ave­nue and Broadway in North­east Port­land’s Sullivan’s Gulch neigh­bor­hood.
Even though this building looks fairly new, according to Broadway Pub his­to­ry, it was opened over a quarter-century ago in 1990. Its plain exterior cam­ou­flag­es a gorgeous interior sporting lots of wood and plants, huge windows, vaulted ceil­ings, and a heat­ed second-​floor bal­co­ny patio. Somehow it feels larger on the in­side than it appears from the outside.
Because it was a beautiful summer day, I took advantage of Portland’s short sunny season and sat on the balcony rather than inside. As you can see from the photo to the right, the patio was pretty empty on a Tuesday in the early afternoon ... but that was just fine with me.
Looking over the tap list, I settled on a pint of McMenamins’ sea­son­al Copper Moon ale. According to the brewer:

“Copper Moon has a coppery-orange luminescence radiating out of the pint glass, originating from three different organic malts that impart a flavorful yet summery smooth sweetness that quenches your thirst while tantalizing your taste buds. The upfront hop bit­ter­ness of Copper Moon is relatively low, com­ple­ment­ing the malts without being overpowering. The hop flavor and aroma are another matter, as the Perle and Chinook hops used in the latter stages of each batch intermingle to gen­er­ate a dazzling, citrusy, floral ex­pe­ri­ence, in addition to slight­ly spicy notes. All of these qualities blend into a re­fresh­ing, flavorful organic summer pale ale.” Meas­ure­ments: 5% ABV • 44 IBU

Just the week before, I had tasted my first Copper Moon at Edge­field. At that time I had written “pretty good beer ... could be worth another try.” On my another try at the Broadway Pub, I wrote: “ yep, I like it! ”
Seeing that I was there for my Passport adventure as well as a beer, I made sure to get the location stamp. All too soon the Copper Moon had set and it was time to move on to my next event for the day: a game of pool with my son at the Mc­Men­a­mins close to where he lives. But those details will have to wait for the next article. In the mean­time, be sure to check out the 11 photos in the new McMenamins Port­land Broadway 2016 album.

For details of my second visit to this pub, see Date Night on Portland’s Broadway.
For more tales about other locations, see My McMenamins Passport Adventure.
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