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Franklin's Bottle Shop

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Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

241 Liberty St NE
Salem, Oregon, 97301-3531
United States

(503) 400-0628

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3.93/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Update: July 21, 2013

Though less than a year old, Franklin's has now been under new ownership for a few months. The new owners have really stepped up and committed to making Franklin's a solid bottle shop & tap room. The original owner, though well-intentioned, quite frankly seemed to open the place with the inventory & tap list as an afterthought. The new owners are much more focused and business-like in their approach, and that is to be applauded.

First, they are now up to 15 taps. They have a good rotating selection, focused on NW brews, but not exclusively so. They have carried a few beers that have never before appeared in Salem. They also replaced the second-hand mini-coolers (like the kind you see on a counter at a gas station) with actual full-size, glass-doored bottle coolers. Their bottle stock is respectable, and like the draft selections, they often have bottles you'll find nowhere else in Salem, though prices do tend to skew to the higher side of things. However, draft prices are very reasonable.

This place seems to get better every time I visit. Hats off to the new owners & all their efforts. This is definitely a place to check out if you're coming through Salem or if you're a hometown Salem beer geek.

First off, it's great seeing more craft beer-friendly places popping up in Salem. I've been here a little over two years, and in that time the beer scene here has progressed tremendously. It's good to see Franklin's be a part of that.

With that being said, don't let the name fool you. Franklin's is a bar, not a bottle shop. Yes, it's a bar that has a small assortment of bottles that you CAN carry out, but it's a bar nonetheless. I've visited multiple times, and from my observations, the vast majority of beer purchased at Franklin's is consumed on the premises. Further, it's a large, cavernous space, yet only has two beer coolers, so the selection is quite thin by most botte shop standards. At any given time there are probably no more than 20 bottled or canned selections available. Maybe they will eventually have more cooler space and a better bottle selection. I hope they do. Additionally, they now do not open until 5pm, which is a rather late hour for your standard bottle shop.

Now, I don't want to sound like I'm getting down on the place. I like Franklin's and would like to see it thrive & grow. They are now up to five taps, which is a good improvement from the original two. The place seems to have a loyal and growing fan base, and has been pretty consistently busy on the nights I've visited. Plus, they're open until 2 am every night, making them the only craft beer place in Salem open that late, which is a plus. I've never been disappointed with their musical choices either.

Pros: Hop Venom on tap (almost always); reasonable draft prices; open til 2am every night; free pizza on occasion; pinball.

Cons: pricey bottles; small selection; not gonna find any walez here, bro

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4.66/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Franklin's is a new taphouse/bottle shop in downtown Salem, Oregon catering to the refined tastes of craft beer enthusiasts. I visited for the first time mid-afternoon, Friday September 7, 2012 upon learning of the shop just the day before from Liam Stary, LifeSource Natural Foods' beer steward. I was the only patron at the time and had a warm, engaging conversation with the proprietor, Nick Lopez. Nick knows beer, especially good craft beer. Franklin's Bottle Shop is an unpretentious boutique for the enthusiast seeking the best, freshest craft beer with an emphasis on specialty offerings from domestic craft brewers. On tap this afternoon was Racer 5 IPA (my personal favorite IPA) and Oakshire's The Perfect Storm Double IPA. On deck for a tapping this evening was Boneyard's Venom DIPA, though I was unable to attend. I can imagine this to be a bustling atmosphere of laughter, good cheer, and friendliness at it's busiest moments.

The selection is small, but high quality. With a distinct emphasis on freshness due to Nick's access to breweries and distributors, Franklin's is a value-added shop. Nick's knowledge, passion, and care for the interests of patrons' preferences is worth the price of admission. Using cliche here. I don't think there is any cover charge, but after Nick allowed me to taste both his beers on tap, and after I told him Racer 5 is my favorite IPA, he suggested GoodLife's Descender IPA. I am glad he did. It may be the finest IPA brewed in Oregon, as I reviewed tonight on beeradvocate.com. What I want readers to appreciate is I sincerely believe Nick recommended this to me 100% because he believed I would be very satisfied. His enthusiasm and confidence inspired me to buy a bomber for $6 even though I have seen this for $3.99 elsewhere. Nick's knowledge and alignment with my preferences was worth the additional $2. This is what I mean by value added.

I sense Salem, Oregon is on the cusp of an emerging craft beer movement of burgeoning significance and Nick Lopez and Franklin's Bottle Shop will play an important role. Imbibe well Salem, Oregon.

P.S. Name could easily be modified to Franklin's Value Added Integrity Bottle Shop. Probably, better just as is for marketing purposes.

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Franklin's Bottle Shop in Salem, OR
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