Pub crawls have never sounded very appealing to me. It's not the pub part, since I happen to like beer and find that the pubs here in PDX are getting more and more convivial in that British "let's pop down to the pub for a pint" way. And the food they dish out, while it's not going to give the city's better restaurants anything to worry about, has improved from the days of beer nuts and pretzels out of a bag.
The part I find less than inviting is the bit about the "crawl," as if the point of visiting pubs is to get so blasted that perambulation becomes problematic. Not to say that I haven't suffered from an error in judgment a time or two. (Say, those five vodka martinis on a youthful sojourn in San Francisco…but I digress.) Or that the purpose of beer consumption is quantity, not so much quality. Which here in Microbrew Central is somewhat of an outdated idea, n'est-ce pas?
Which brings me to the Division Street Pub…um…Crawl scheduled for Saturday, March 20, featuring a chance to meet eight of the Northwest's top brewers at four different locations:
- Noon: Victory Bar, with Hopworks Urban Brewery, Portland; Double Mountain, Hood River. 2509 SE 37th Ave.
- 1:30 pm: New Old Lompoc Hedge House with Lompoc, Portland. 3412 SE Division St.
- 3:00 pm: Bar Avignon with John Harris from Full Sail, Hood River; Spencer Gotter from Fort George Brewery, Astoria. 2138 SE Division St.
- 4:30 pm: The BeerMongers with Walking Man, Stevenson; Barley Browns, Baker City; Beer Valley, Ontario. 1125 SE Division St.
Details: Division Street Pub Crawl, sponsored by BrewPublic. Sat., Mar. 20, noon-6 pm at four locations along SE Division St.