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A McMenamins Beaverton Mini Pub Crawl
Wednesday 26 July 2017   —   Category: Dining Out
On a particular day in September 2016 I visited three Mc­Men­a­mins pubs in Beaverton, Oregon, in the western part of the Portland metro area. They were: These stops were sandwiched in between a Reuben lunch at the Goose Hollow Inn and attending a moon-viewing event that evening at the Japanese Garden.

If you have been following my McMenamins Passport ad­ven­ture very much at all, you know that I have been making a special effort to take pictures of the interior and exterior of each McMenamins venue I visit.
I was definitely a bad dog on this outing, because I didn’t take any such photos at any of the three pubs.

I really don’t know why I spaced out like that. The huge Reuben sandwich and beer had clearly slowed my mind. And perhaps I was thinking so much about taking pictures in the evening at the Japanese Garden that I forgot all about photography in the afternoon.
Once the 3:00 p.m. McMenamins happy hour rolled around, my first stop was at their Murray & Allen Pub located — hey, you guessed it! — near the intersection of SW Murray and Allen Boulevards, where I had a Blue Rider Pale ale (on nitro). According to the brewer:

“Blue Rider is pale ale very similar to Hammerhead with a few adjustments to make it the perfect pint off of the nitro tap. Flaked oats were added to give the beer nice body and a creamy head. To complement the mouthfeel, we added layers of toffee- and biscuit-​flavored malts and a bunch of late-​addition Cascade Hops, resulting in a simple, silky pale ale with more malt flavor than hop bite.” Meas­ure­ments: 5.3% ABV • 26 IBU

My notes from that day read: “The beer wasn’t that great ... it wasn’t anything like Hammerhead ... I definitely wouldn’t get it again ... I should have gotten the blackberry cider!
A short 2.5-​mile drive brought me to the next stop on this mini pub crawl: Cedar Hills Pub in the Cedar Hills Crossing shop­ping center, where I ordered a Mojave Trail Finder Pale Ale. According to the brewer:

“This light American pale ale is easy-drinking and refreshing. It has a complex malty base of spiciness from the rye, and smooth, creamy notes from the oat malt and rolled oats. US Goldings hops help mute some of the spiciness and balance out the complex maltiness. Think of this as a breakfast pale ale. This brew will lift your spirits and send you down the right path.” Meas­ure­ments: 5.2% ABV • 30 IBU

My notes from that day read: “Better than the Blue Rider Pale I had right before it, but still, pretty weak and not much taste ... it was OK, but I wouldn’t get it again.”

I arrived at my last stop after a 3.3-​mile drive northwest to the Oak Hills Brewpub, located in the Oak Hills neighborhood at the north end of Beaverton. I had sipped enough beer for the afternoon, so I decided to indulge in some dessert instead.
According to the menu, their Monkey Puzzle Upside-Down Cake consisted of marionberries atop a cake infused with almond extract and our Edgefield Mon­key Puzzle whiskey, marionberry-honey sauce, topped with whipped cream and a mint leaf.

My notes from that day read: “This des­sert was fairly good, but not awesome ... once was probably enough. The black­ber­ry cider pairing was excellent!”
In September 2017, McMenamins will reopen the Cedar Hills Pub in a new, larger building across the street. I will definitely go and check it out, and be sure to take lots of pictures, in­side and out.

In addition, the Murray & Allen Pub is one of only three McMenamins locations where the new cider flight is available, with an ac­com­pa­ny­ing just-​for-​fun Passport stamp, so I will have to stop by there on the same day.

While I’m at it, I might as well swing by the Oak Hills Brewpub and take some photos there as well. It’s starting to sound like this same Beaverton mini pub crawl all over again. Hopefully all of those new pictures will make up for my spacing out the first time, and get the bad dog out of the doghouse!
For more tales about other locations, see My McMenamins Passport Adventure.
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