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McMenamins Wilsonville on Swiss National Day
Friday 31 March 2017   —   Category: Dining Out
After helping my Swiss daughter move to the Portland area on Swiss National Day (August 1st — kind of like our 4th of July), and then going on a SW Portland McMenamins mini pub crawl, on my way home to Albany I made one last stop at the Mc­Men­a­mins Old Church and Pub, located in the southern Portland metro area city of Wilsonville.

Opened in 2011, this property features a large, modern, two-​story restaurant adjacent to the historic (built 1911) United Methodist Church which McMenamins renovated into an event hall on the upper floor, and a brewery and bar on the lower floor. Since it was my first time there, I made sure to document my visit with plenty of pictures.
 
Because it was such a beautiful summer day, I parked my derrière at a table on the patio in front of the restaurant. Gaz­ing east across the shopping center park­ing lot, I had a lovely view of Fred Mey­er. I didn’t yet know that the back patio is much nicer.
 
After pondering the tap list, I chose a Rye Baby Pale Ale. Ac­cord­ing to the brewer:

“Don’t let the use of rye scare you! This is one exceptionally-​refreshing pale ale. Rye adds a distinct spicy malt character along with aromas of toffee, allspice and caramel. A special blend of Northwest hops complement the beer with notes of evergreen and pine before fading to a smooth resinous finish. This radiantly golden-​colored ale is light in body and big on flavor. Take a break from your standard pale ale and try a pint of this delicious quaffable creation. Don’t be a cry baby, it’s just rye, baby!” Meas­ure­ments: 5.4% ABV • 62 IBU

My notes from that day read: “Now this is a good rye beer! It’s infinitely better than the Ryeled Up rye beer I had last week at White Eagle. I would have this again! It seems to have a bit of a citrus taste ... I guess that is the IBU 62.”

Not only did I enjoy a good beer, but I also got another location stamp for my McMenamins Passport.
 
 

After finishing my beer I headed into the restaurant. Climbing the stairs to the sec­ond floor, I admired the view of the bar on the first floor through the wide open center.
 
While up there I also admired some of the artwork for which McMenamins is well-​known. Long­time company artists Jenny Joyce, Myrna Yoder and Olivia Behm painted this depiction of the his­tor­ic (founded 1847) Boones Ferry, which crossed the Willamette River at what became Wilsonville.

As with all the photos on this page, be sure to click on the image to the right to see a larger version with more detail.
 
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 exiting the restaurant.

Quite a number of McMenamins venues have old and / or in­ter­est­ing restroom fixtures and plumbing, which can definitely be photo-​worthy. For my other bathroom shots, if that’s your kind of thing, see the entire growing collection!
 
Besides interesting bathrooms, a number of McMenamins locations also have some sort of vegetable garden to help supply their kitchen with fresh produce. At this venue the garden is in planters along the back side of the restaurant, next to the covered porch seating.
 
Looking back towards the garden and the rear of the restaurant from the west side of the property, you can see part of a small am­phi­the­a­ter in the foreground, and to the right towards the church, an uncovered patio area.
 
Looking north across the patio area to the amphitheater seating, from the north­east corner of the church. Just to my left (not in the photo), along the north side of the church, is the area where musicians perform.

This sets the stage for my return visit to McMenamins Old Church and Pub elev­en days later to celebrate their fifth birth­day. That story is told in McMenamins Wilsonville 5th Birthday Bash.
 
 
During my 50-minute stay on August 1st I took a total of 19 pictures. The keepers make up the first 14 photos in the new McMenamins Wilsonville 2016 album.
For more tales about other locations, see My McMenamins Passport Adventure.
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