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McMenamins Portland Southwest Suburbs Pub Crawl
Friday 27 January 2017   —   Category: Dining Out
After my 75-minute January 2017 outing to the Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon, I decided to spend the rest of the day making some more progress on my McMenamins Passport adventure. I set my sights on Page 14 of the Passport, which groups seven Mc­Men­a­mins locations in southwest Portland and suburbs in the east­ern Tualatin Valley.

During 2016 I had already been to four of the locations listed on that page. You can read all the details in: For this day’s tour my goal was to stop by the remaining three Mc­Men­a­mins pubs in the southwestern Portland suburbs so I could finish that Passport page and receive my prize. Enough talking ... let’s hit the road!
First up was the Raleigh Hills Pub on SW Scholls Ferry Road, in the Raleigh Hills neighborhood between Beaverton and Portland, near the intersection of Or­e­gon Route 10 and OR 210.

I had passed this pub numerous times on the way to the Japanese Garden — even that very morning — but had never re­al­ized it was there because the building is very difficult to see when driving north on Scholls Ferry Road. Boy, I sure was surprised!
Because it was only 11:00 AM, and because the next pub had a more interesting food selection, I decided to have only a beer. This plan gave me the opportunity to try a heavier beer, which I would probably not order with a meal. After considering the options, I set­tled on a pint of Deep Sea Baltic Porter. According to the brewer:

“This beer pours with a deep black color and a creamy, dark-​tan ​head. Upon the first sip you’ll enjoy huge roasted malt fla­vors along with a slightly spicy hop aroma. This porter has a de­cep­tive­ly-high alcohol content and was fermented with Kölsch yeast to produce lager-like characteristics which are traditional in Baltic Porters.” Meas­ure­ments: 7.35% ABV • 31 IBU

My notes from that day read: “A nice beer to have on its own, without a meal ... porters and stouts seem better stand-​alone. To my taste buds it seems slightly sweet ... could be a good dessert brew. I would definitely get it again, under the right circumstances.”
The wood interior was beautiful. The pub’s Web page describes it like this:
With its double pyramid-style roof, vaulted ceilings and gen­er­ous woodwork inside, Raleigh Hills greets first-timers and regulars alike with the comfortable feeling of an old friend.
See the pub’s full history to read about how the property used to be a Swiss farm, and how it was owned previously by Mc­Men­a­mins before it became their ninth pub in 1986.

I especially liked the old street signs from around Europe. The one facing me read “Rue des Capucins.”

I also really liked getting one more location stamp in my McMenamins Passport!
If you have been following my postings on this Web site for any length of time, you should know that I have a thing for urinals, toilets and restrooms — true confessions!

Inspired by the quirky The Best Places To Pee: A Guide To The Funky & Fabulous Bathrooms of Portland book, I tried my own bathroom shot before I hit the road again.

I guess I had better be more careful about the types of books I read — obviously they have a great influence on me!

For my other bathroom shots, if that’s your kind of thing, see the entire growing collection.
A seven-mile drive south brought me to my next stop, the John Barleycorns Brewpub, located just south of the in­ter­sec­tion of I-5 and OR 217 in a light-​in­dus­tri­al section of southeast Tigard, a city in the southwest Portland metro area. This first shot shows the front of the building.

Even from the back, this unique struc­ture is beautiful. According to the pub’s history, the design was copied from the hundred-year-old Kaka‘ako Pumping Station in Honolulu, Hawaii.

I sat in a low-ceilinged section of the res­tau­rant, and for some reason I failed to explore the larger part of the pub with its dramatic cathedral ceiling. Oh well, next time!

This brewpub is less than half a mile from the Lake Oswego Trader Joe’s that I shop at sometimes. I never knew there was a McMenamins so close!

For lunch I had a bowl of Red Wine Beef Stew. According to the menu, it consisted of “chunks of beef, Black Rabbit Red, car­rots, pearl onions and mushrooms served over Yukon Gold mashed potatoes.”

My notes from that day read: “Stew was very deee-lisssshh!!! I make a pretty good stew at home, but this was a whole nother level! I sure wish I knew how they spiced it. Totally heavenly!!!”
To wash down the stew I had a pint of Sleepy Hollow Nut Brown. According to the brewer:

“It’s time to start burning wood in the fireplace to drive the cold from the extremities. It’s also the time of year to savor the soul-​soothing beverage of your choice, and one can’t think of any­thing better than the McMenamins classic seasonal brew, Sleepy Hollow Nut Brown. This longtime favorite has a chestnut color and medium body that will cast a festive spell over you, and a hint of toffee on the palate will gently warm your bones as an English brown ale should. The com­plex malt character, well-​balanced with Chinook hops and US Gold­ing hops, will have you walking in a continual reverie.” Meas­ure­ments: 5% ABV • 14 IBU

My notes from that day read: “A nice beer ... similar to my favorite Moose Drool, but somewhat milder. It went great with my meal ... I would order it again.”

Got another nice stamp as well!
While heading south on Oregon Route 99W towards my next pub destination, I stopped at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge for about an hour and a half of hiking and photography. That adventure and those pictures will be the topic of my next article — see Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.
Continuing just over a mile further south on OR 99W I arrived at my final stop, the McMenamins Sherwood Pub, in the city of Sherwood, in the Tualatin Valley on the southwestern edge of the Portland metro area.

Its strip-mall location and architecture are not very exciting, but better things were waiting for me inside!
Since it was mid-afternoons (and happy hour!), I was ready for some dessert. So I ordered a Billy Whiskey Bread Pud­ding. According to the menu, it consisted of “bread pudding made with dried cran­berries, currants, apples and cinnamon with Billy Whiskey hard sauce and whip­ped cream.” Rich and killer! The sauce seemed to be mostly butter ... it wasn’t a caramel sauce, and it wasn’t creamy.
The perfect companion for a whiskey bread pudding was a Three Rocks Hot Buttered Rum. According to the menu, it consisted of “Edgefield Three Rocks Rum and house­made hot buttered rum mix.” Very de­li­cious and satisfying!

My third and final stamp for the day was also very satisfying!
As with most McMenamins locations, there is original artwork gracing the walls. This large painting by Jenny Joyce is a major contribution to the “Scottish frog” theme at the pub. I’m not sure what that is all about.
Before I left I was awarded my prizes for completing Page 14 of my Passport. As you can see, I received an exclusive Mc­Men­a­mins Passport growler.

I was also given a $14 McMenamins gift card, which I thought was pretty gen­er­ous. But then again, when I compare how much I have spent at McMenamins compared to the value of the prizes I have received, McMenamins is coming out WAY ahead!
During my four-and-a-half-hour, three-stop mini pub crawl, I took a total of 46 pictures. You can feast your eyes on the best 16 in the new McMenamins Portland SW 2017 album.
For more tales about other locations, see My McMenamins Passport Adventure.
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