Tin Bucket

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Type: Bar, Store

3520 N Williams Ave
Portland, Oregon, 97227-1438
United States

(503) 477-7689 | map

Store Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am-9:00pm

Added by msubulldog25 on 05-17-2013

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 25
Reviews by DoubleSimcoe:
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.8/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

I was supposed to meet a BA buddy here but he ended up going to Horse Brass so the wife and I moved on after a beer at Tin Bucket. Located in what seems to be an up-and-coming area of town, still not totally developed.

This is mostly a growler joint (powered by The Growler Station corporation nationwide), with two or three small high-top tables and a bar with a couple of stools. Two large coolers with bottles and more bottles, all chilled and mostly Northwest: Upright, Hop Valley, Lagunitas, Southern Oregon Brewing, Wingman, Crux, Cascade (Bourbonic and more), Green Flash. On tap: Big Bad Baptist, Widmer, Flat Tail Big Fin, Scarlet Imperial Red, Lagunitas Hop Stoopid...

32-oz and 64-oz growler fills, but pints at the bar. Love that they do smaller pours (6 oz)!

Nice guy at the bar and an almost empty joint. It was Super Bowl and I guess most beer folks opted to go to the bigger bars. Fine with me. I love empty bars!

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Photo of domdomdomdom
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of South2NW
4.04/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of MaximumYuks
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of kristinc
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jeff1973
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Blaze5445
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Beervana
4.78/5  rDev +20.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of donnierickles
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Amazing selection of beers. Pricey, but you will find stuff here (which you can drink onsite) that you wont find anywhere else in Portland.

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Photo of Benjhilmer
4.74/5  rDev +19.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Sixpoint
4.93/5  rDev +24.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

the combination growler/bottle shop/tap room is tough to beat, and these folks do it very well. Place is immaculately clean!

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Photo of markgugs
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of highTempo
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

I am a big fan of Tin Bucket. They have a bottle selection that isn't quite as extensive as some bottle shops in town but tends to be very well curated and excellently priced. I don't need an infinite selection if I can find a few really good choices every time I go in, and at prices that are often less than my local supermarket.

The tap selection is usually more impressive, especially for such a small space. That brings me to the downside. It's small and the space often fills up. I usually treat this as a place to pick up bottles. If you're into growlers this would be a great growler fillup spot.

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Photo of almostjay
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of protocolsix
4.83/5  rDev +22%

This place is the real deal.

I've found the tap list to be of varying quality; even with 40 taps there are times that there's nothing I'd really want a growler of. The interior is pretty nice and the bottle selection, while not exceptional, is solid.

However, the big deal about this place is the proprietary PEGAS CrafTap system they use to fill growlers. The system first saturates the growler with CO2, which helps get rid of extant oxygen in the growler. Then it fills the growler with near-total laminar flow down the sides of the glass. This prevents any foam from being generated and limits any loss of carbonation. Furthermore, because the growler is filled from the bottom, any remaining oxygen in the growler (which there wasn't much to begin with because it was saturated with CO2) is forced out the top. You are left with a full growler with a head of CO2, which is then capped.

I've opened countless growlers days or even just hours later only to have significant oxidation and/or loss of carbonation. I asked the guy working there how long a growler filled from them would last, and he said I could open it 8 weeks later and it would be totally fresh. At the time I didn't believe him, but I put it to the test.

I had a growler of RPM filled and one flight and 5.5 weeks later, I opened it. There was was no discernible loss of carbonation and it tasted very fresh. Color me impressed!

I would give Tin Bucket 5/5 if only the tap selection was better on a consistent basis.

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of kk73
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Nice taps, nice small collection of bottles all refrigerated. Super friendly guys wish I could have stayed longer. Growler fills.

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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