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McMenamins CPR Little White Shed
Wednesday 5 July 2017   —   Category: Dining Out
I made my first visit to the McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse (CPR) prop­er­ty — located in the western Portland metro area city of Hillsboro — in May 2016. It was at that time that I bought my McMenamins Passport and began my McMenamins Passport adventure.

The property hosts a number of venues. I had lunch at the Imbrie Hall restaurant. Later, I took tours of the CPR Brewery and the CPR Distillery. The only venue I missed, and the Passport stamp I didn’t get, was the Little White Shed bar, be­cause it was closed when I was there. Like other small bars at some Mc­Men­a­mins locations, it is open only limited hours each week.

I returned to Cornelius Pass Roadhouse a couple of months later, in mid-July, for their 15th annual Roadhouse Brewfest as well as the 150th birthday of the historic Imbrie homestead. But I was so pre­oc­cu­pied with all my hard cider tasting that I didn’t have the opportunity to have a drink at the Little White Shed, although I did manage to pop in and get my Pass­port stamp for that venue.

About a month later, I was back in the Big City to participate in Portland’s An­nu­al Bridge Pedal and Stride 2016. After that physical exertion I had a sizzling Korean dolsot bibimbap for lunch.

Since Cornelius Pass Roadhouse was not far way from the restaurant, I decided to head to the Little White Shed for an after-meal digestif. This tiny building used to be the farm’s milk storage shed, but is now a cozy bar.

After trying a whiskey flight at Edge­field during the summer solstace a cou­ple of months earlier, I chose this time to sam­ple their Edgefield Brandy. From left to right, the glasses contained Mc­Men­a­mins Edgefield Pot Still Brandy, Pear Brandy, and Longshot Brandy.

My notes from that day read: “I think I liked the Longshot the best ... it was slightly whiskey-​like. The Pot Still tast­ed a bit weaker, but would be good if you want something more mellow. The Peary was pretty peary! I don’t think I would buy a whole bottle.”

I had arrived just before the Little White Shed opened at noon. At that hour on a Sunday I had the whole place to myself.

The bar is so small that you can see most of it in this photo I took from one end of the room. In good weather there is plenty of additional seating outside.

Sipping on these brandy samples was a relaxing way to end a very full day in Portland.
My fourth and final 2016 visit to Cor­ne­li­us Pass Roadhouse was a few months later, in November. I began Election Day at Portland’s Japanese Garden. Af­ter­wards, I met my son at CPR for lunch.

This was my first time sitting in the loft of the Imbrie Hall restaurant. Because I had collected all of the Port­land West Side stamps on Page 11 of my Mc­Men­a­mins Passport, I was entitled to a free hamburger as a prize.
I chose their Firehouse Burger, which according to the menu consisted of a 6 ounce Country Natural Beef patty sea­soned with Cajun spice on a sesame bri­oche bun with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, jalapeño, pepper jack and secret sauce.

I had a green salad with it instead of fries. The burger was spicy and good, but not great. It was a bit dry — maybe they skimped on the secret sauce. I guess I should have added some mustard and ketchup from the bottles on the table.
To wash it down I enjoyed Farmstead Wheat. According to the brewer:

“This crisp, easy-​drinking American Wheat beer is comprised of fifty percent malted wheat that’s rounded out with Pilsen and Vienna malts. Generous flavor and aroma additions of citrusy hops give this beer a bright nose with flavors of fruit and bread.” Meas­ure­ments: 5.2% ABV • 23 IBU

My notes from that day read: “Good! Nice! Very nice! Would definitely get this again!”

I had planned on running a lot of errands around Portland after lunch, but by the end of the meal I was really not feeling well. Maybe it was all the toxic anti-​Trump hatred in the Portland air.

So I canceled the errands and immediately made the 90-​minute drive back to Albany. I had a fever and other flu symptoms for much of the rest the month. But at least I didn’t vomit up my good lunch!
Eight new photos — 5 from the Little White Shed in August and 3 from Imbrie Hall in November — have been added to the McMenamins Cornelius Pass 2016 album, which is now complete.

Soon I might be taking some pictures for a potential McMenamins Cornelius Pass 2017 album — their 16th annual Road­house Brewfest is only a week and a half away!
For more tales about other locations, see My McMenamins Passport Adventure.
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