The Rogue Brewery out of Newport Oregon is a State treasure. One of those fantastic stories of local guys doing things right and managing to employ a lot of people in the process. They have, since their inception, expanded to distilling and from there have opened over a dozen pubs, meeting halls and drinking establishments around the state.
One of those places is the Rogue Distillery and Public House on 1339 NW Flanders.
Walking in the door is like being smacked in the face with fun. It’s a well decorated paean to their products and their dedication to making a good quality potable. The menu is a wonder, with everything from Kobe Beef meatballs to pulled pork sliders. Almost everything on the food side looked amazing and I could barely make up my mind.
I was a bit disappointed that despite the name their distillery didn’t offer anything in the way of a tasting tray for their hard spirits. They did have a taster board for their beers and with 38 multi-taps there is plenty to choose from.
The only downside is that you might want to pick your time to attend. The location is in a good position to be close to Jeld-wen Field (about 9 blocks) and a Timbers game in the evening means a bunch of Portland style soccer fans whooping it up loudly in the bar.
There is a solid cocktail menu on hand, a good selection of full meals and bar snacks. The Rogue distilled liquors are on prominent display and the prices are well within the average budget for lunch or a night out.