Taps: 8 / Bottles: 250
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
4.58/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Great one of a kind tastings and wonderful service. Great prices. I always love coming here since it's right near my favorite restaurant, Grain and Gristle. they don't have food except for potato chips so plan on heading over to some place later. They have some nice outdoor seating as well.
10-12-2013 15:45:16 | More by BreworFerment
4.1/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
We've visited 1856 three or four times now, most recently last Friday before dinner at neighboring Pok Pok Noi. It's painted a vibrant vermilion-red on the outside, but is cool, white and modern inside - the space most recently housed an African-American-owned barbershop, so the transition is kinda remarkable. Upon entering, the right wall is filled with coolers (chilling beer mostly, but also some ciders and white wines); the remainder of the store/bar is blonde shelves full of wines, beers, ciders, sakes, vermouths, bitters and a few imported sodas.
I discovered '1856' the first week after it had opened, so on our first visit we could still smell fresh paint. Concrete floors and adjacent hardwoods were unscuffed. We asked about the name and the significance of the date; as it turns out, the year 1856 is important because it's when Louis Pasteur discovered the microorganisms that cause fermentation... before than it had been a mystery how beer was created, I suppose. Thanks, Louis...
All times we've visited we've had very good service (Matt every time) - chatty when necessary, friendly but unobtrusive in general. Requests for 'tastes' are given freely and generously. The bar is a gorgeous (if there can be such a thing) slab of buttery grey concrete, with 8 or so 'high school art class'-style barstools at the ready. The bar fronts the space and stools aim toward south-facing windows; although small, there's a very friendly 'neighborhood' vibe here. Outside are a couple of benches, crafted from large timbers - there is talk of a fire pit and awning cover in the future.
I really am impressed with the beers here, many better bottles from local breweries and some pretty obscure imports from Belgium and Scandinavia, in particular. We generally opt for draft beers on our visits (there are 6-8 of them at any given time), but there's always a local cider and draft sake available - plus wines by the glass. Recent visits have shown us a variety of beers from Portland breweries like Occidental (excellent Germanic beers) and The Commons (equally excellent Belgian stuff) and Migration - plus Breakside, Hopworks and Oakshire (Eugene). This last visit included 12 oz. pours of Occidental's Dunkel and seasonal Festbier and of Oakshire's delicious Imperial Pumpkin Porter. Prices are reasonable: $3.50-4.00 for most 12 oz. pours.
Bottles can be opened in the shop for a $1 corkage fee. Otherwise, "to-go" prices are in line with what I've seen at other area bottle shops. There is no food served, but 'take-in' is ok from adjacent restaurants (see below).
Jan 2013 update: 'Meet the Brewer' tasting events happen on occasion; Block 15, Logsdon and Bear Republic recently, Fort George and Pfriem upcoming...
I'm very happy to add 1856 to our short list of neighborhood places to regularly visit. Worth checking out, local or visitor (note: Pok Pok Noi and Grain & Gristle are in adjacent spaces - a resounding 'yum' to both).
10-29-2012 18:06:28 | More by msubulldog25
1856 in Portland, OR
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.