You may know Chris Walla as the former multi-instrumentalist and co-founder of the Grammy-nominated indie-rock band Death Cab For Cutie. He is also a music producer, having worked with such bands as The Decemberists and Tegan & Sara.Read More
Who here has heard of Woodstock? ... OK, good. But just in case, a quick review: Woodstock was a music festival held at a dairy farm in upstate New York from August 15-18, 1969. The gathering attracted an audience of more than 400,000 people and is "widely considered to be the definitive nexus for the larger counterculture generation."Read More
Recently, Tim and brewery operations manager John Richen did some photo-beer sleuthing using some old (new to us) photos that beer legend/writer/muse Fred Eckhardt (who passed away just last month) took back in 1985, very soon after the historic Brewpub Law was passed in Oregon. They were for use in one of his "Listen to Your Beer" newsletters.Read More
With just about six weeks to go, the excitement, anticipation and energy swirling around our newest project continues to build. Anderson School is the property on everyone's mind, with its grand opening scheduled for Thursday, October 15.Read More
We've all heard the story of how a group of neighbors, alumni, community members and others got together to save Kennedy School from the wrecking ball in the late 1980s and into the early ‘90s. But here's the story straight from one of the leaders of that quest, historic preservationist and neighborhood resident Melissa Darby, for whom one of our guestrooms at Kennedy is named.Read More
With the Anderson School grand opening less than two months away, the artists - McMenamins' signature team along with contracted local artists from the greater Seattle area - are working steadily and with great creativity! Here are just a few examples of their work, based on historical photos, interviews and articles that Tim provided that came from the school, the alumni, Bothell Historical Society, local families and others.Read More
The Broadway Pub in NE Portland has a meeting space called the Gladstone Room. Who was Gladstone and what is his connection to the pub? Is there any connection at all? Wellll, yes and no...Read More
Fred Eckhardt, legendary craft beer writer, brewing enthusiast and good friend to McMenamins, passed away on August 10th at the age of 89. He was one of the (if not the) most influential person in Oregon craft brewing. He self-published A Treatise on Lager Beers: A Handbook for Americans and Canadians on Lager Beer in 1969-70, long before anyone else was writing about home brewing and before it was even legal. The book went through several reprints and still remains a bible to those who home brew. One online review said: "When my friends want to know how to understand the beer they are drinking, this is the book I recommend. Note that I do NOT lend them my copy; I would not want to be without it." Fred wrote several other books on brewing into the mid-‘90s, including one on the art of sake brewing.
Below are some quotes from Fred during his tenure as the Dean of Beer Writing, rounding out with a few lines from one of his favorite songs. And this lovely new painting by artist Olivia Behm will grace the Fred Eckhardt room at the Anderson School in Bothell. It is just one of many murals and panels and orbs that have or will have Fred's jovial, waxed-moustached face on them for years to come.
Three sisters have discovered an old trunk in the attic of their family home. The trunk is locked and the sisters can see the key to the trunk hanging just inside the fireplace. Before they can reach it, the ghost of their ancestor, Squire Boone, appears in the form of a hovering flame that settles just below the key, making it too hot to touch.Read More
As we all know, the Anderson School grand opening is less than two months away. The artists have been working since last fall on new artwork for the property, based on Tim's historical research. Below is one of the new pieces that will hang at Anderson School, by local artist Carol Meckling, along with a short biography of a colorful life.Read More
This weather can make one think longingly of gin and tonics. As you may know, our Penney’s Gin is a 90 proof American dry gin produced at Edgefield Distillery. Per our own description: “It is handcrafted using the traditional English method in which pure grain spirit is distilled alone, with its vapors passing through carefully selected botanicals. Ingredients include whole juniper berry, sweet orange peel, lemon peel, freshly zested lime and cardamom. The aroma is rich in juniper and fresh citrus, making it ideal for spring- and summertime cocktails.”Read More
As has been mentioned here in the past, several of the Kennedy School guestrooms have been renamed to celebrate the people who attended, worked and taught at the school. With another school year soon coming to a close, we look back at one woman who dedicated four decades of her life to children’s education.Read More
This week, we take a look at one of our properties' direct connections to the Civil War - no, not the yearly Ducks/Beavers mêlée, but the actual War Between the States (April 1861-May 1865). The beautiful Salem home that is known today as the Thompson Brewery & Public House was built by hand by a Civil War vet and his son in 1905 - Franklin Thompson's story is below.Read More
Ponder this true story of Dominic O’Connor, an actual Irish hero who finished out a celebrated life in central Oregon and assisted in the founding of the Old St. Francis School.Read More
Have you been to the Rams Head yet, to try a little something off their updated cocktail list?
Maybe a Fremont Furnace (Aval Pota, Herbal Liqueur No. 7, honey, lemon, hot apple cider, heavy whipping cream and cinnamon) on this dark and rainy day? Or a Mai Tai (Maui Dark, Appleton VX, Clement Creole Shrubb, housemade orgeat and lime) to remind you of sunnier days gone by? Or, heck, try a trio of Jellies to take you back to your college and/or tailgating days.
This cozy spot has long been a good place to settle in to enjoy a drink – read on…
The Expose Yourself to Art (1978) poster, featuring soon-to-be Portland mayor Bud Clark flashing a bronze statue, was photographed by local journalist Mike Ryerson. The poster was initially conceived by Clark and Ryerson as a fundraising effort for the Venereal Disease Action Council. However, it struck a chord with people worldwide and went on to sell well over a quarter-million copies in just five years (and many more since then).Read More
We’ve been partners with the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) on our Kennedy School’s monthly History Pub series for nearly 10 years now, exploring such far-reaching topics as Oregon’s wine industry’s migrant workers, the Chemewa Indian School, WWII conscientious objectors, the history of Pickathon and beyond.
In March, in honor of Black History Month, we took a look back at the Vanport flood catastrophe, a day in Oregon history that affected thousands of African Americans in the region.Read More
Congratulations to McMenamins Queen Anne – a.k.a. Roy Street – that celebrated its 20th anniversary this year! Below is the location’s history within the context of a growing city, along with some current updates from manager Leslie Garno and GM Amie Budelman.Read More
As has been mentioned here in the past, we are in the process of renaming several of the Kennedy School guestrooms to celebrate the people who attended, worked and taught at the school. One of those is Steve Hutton, the Kennedy School’s Scottish janitor – today’s Boiler Room Bar was his domain. He made lasting, lifelong impressions on generations of kids who attended Kennedy.Read More
April 15th marked the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. OregonLive posted an interesting story this afternoon about The Oregonian’s coverage of the event – the news only having reached this far west three days after the shooting.
Were you aware that in 1906, the original owners of what is known today as McMenamins White Eagle, Barney Sobolewski and Joe Hryszko, were embroiled in a supposed assassination plot against a U.S. president?Read More