Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
64 oz. owners Lorraine Lyons and Rod Steward hold a taster tray (made from reclaimed wood, like much of the shop décor) and growler with the shop’s distinctive emblem. Hood River’s first growler station opens Thursday.
As of Tuesday, May 19, 2015
A packed house for Saturday’s soft opening gave Lorraine Lyons and Rod Steward a sense of what to expect at their new tap room, 64 oz.
Located at 110 Third St., 64 oz. opens Thursday at 11:30 a.m., and will be open until a “to-be-determined” closing time, seven days a week.
While centrally situated among the downtown core breweries and taprooms, 64 oz. is the first full-scale growler station in this beer-everent burg.
“We’re dedicated to the concept. You can come in and sit down at a table or pull up to a loading zone, stop, come in and get out,” Lyons said.
The 30 taps include a nitro, and all along the line is a selection of local and Northwest ales, and a regular selection of four or more ciders. Enjoy a pint in or take it to go; growler fills are mostly in the $11-$12 range, depending on the selection. Growler glass (32- and 64-ounce, natch) are available for $4 and $6.
Lyons, an insurance consultant, and Steward, a drummer and former IT guy, bring their love of craft beer to the shop they hope will be “a comfortable community spot.” Live music is planned; snacks are available but take-in food is encouraged from downtown restaurants and food trucks. Indoor seating includes communal and two-top seats on the ground-floor and mezzanine seats, and five or six places at the bar. Outdoor seating is planned this summer.
Session Cream Ale debuts
Next in Full Sail Brewing’s Session Series lineup is the newly released Session Cream Summer Ale. It’s a classic American beer in a classic American bottle just in time to celebrate American Craft Beer Week (May 11-17). Session Cream Ale pours with a rich golden hue with aromas of citrus and herbal hops backed with a smooth malty/sweet mid-palate, finishing cleanly with hints of citrus and caramel. Session Cream is available in 12-packs and on nitro-draft all summer long. (ABV 5.4, IBU 26.)
New names, same good beer: two downtown beer bars are in the process of rebranding: The Pint Shack is metamorphing into The Moth Lounge, and Horse and Hound (aka “The British Pub”) has been renamed Oak Street Pub.
— Kirby Neumann-Rea