After a series of delays, West Coast Grocery Company has finally opened near Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland! The new brewpub is led by Charlie Hyde IV, who’s family owned a grocery distribution company of the same name that was based out of Tacoma, Washington, from 1891-1985. The Head Brewer role changed recently, as the last minute departure of Steve Balzer facilitated the hiring of Owen Woods, formerly of Deschutes Brewery in Portland. A full food menu is available, helmed by Byron Papas.
West Coast Grocery Company: 1403 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11:30am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 11:30am-11pm
West Coast Grocery Company Beers
If you stopped by this last week, you may have had a chance to try the handful of collaboration beers that were available, but as of now most are gone. A selection of guest taps are holding the fort down while the first beers brewed on their system are being prepared. Between random plumbing issues and the exit of the original brewer, it was a slow start to get up and running.
Based on the collaborations I tasted, I’m excited to see what they come out with! There are 14 taps ready to go, two being dedicated to cider. Below is a list of what had been on draft earlier this week:
- 🍺 Shoulder Tap Pilsner (collab with Baerlic Brewing) 🌟🌟🌟 3.75
- 🍺 Fuzzy Balls Hazy IPA (collab with Victor 23) 🌟🌟🌟 3.5
- 🍺 Norwegian Grisette (collab with Level Beer) 🌟🌟🌟 3.75
- 🍺 Bo-de-ga IPA (collab with Breakside) 🌟🌟🌟 3.75
- 🍺 Hingle McCringleberry Pale Ale (collab with Laurelwood) 🌟🌟🌟 3.75
West Coast Grocery Company is a 5,000 square foot split-level space kitty-corner to Revolution Hall. The location, which once housed Luxury Bakery Company, is now dubbed The Luxury Bread Building. It’s a modernized building that fully runs off solar power, and has a mass amount of natural light.
When you first walk in, Hyde’s ancestor is staring you right in the face as a reminder of where this family-run business came from. I absolutely love the care put into the artistic elements and decor. One piece in particular is a large cart installation at the top of the stairs. It was constructed by Hyde’s sister and artist, Allison Hyde.
There are two levels to the brewpub. The lower area is for traditional seating, while the upper for the bar and a more casual ambiance.
West Coast Grocery Company decided to remove a section of the floor in order to house their brew system in the basement. They utilized all the salvaged wood for tables, railings, and stools. A perfect way to recycle, if you ask me!
If you like being front and center to brewing operations, definitely hang out downstairs. The brew deck is at eye level, which means you get to see Woods in action pretty frequently.
Part of the crew! They’re a wonderful bunch. Behind them you can see some memorabilia from West Coast’s past.
A blue freight elevator sits to one side of the room, doubling as a merch rack. Round high top tables, bar seating, and benches complete the seating options. A free shuffleboard table sits along the back wall.
The large mural is quite charming, designed by Martha Rich. It comes complete with hipster chickens, and has been integrated into the other designed elements.
A small section of benches in the back corner, a cozy spot to chill out or watch brewing in process.
The outdoor sign sits in the back of the room, waiting to be installed. There were issues attaching it to the building, so it wasn’t ready for the opening. Oh you know, just another thing to laugh about!
West Coast’s 15-barrel brew system was custom made by Pioneer Tank & Vessel out of Portland. It contains three 15-barrel fermenters, one 30-barrel fermenter, and two 30-barrel brite tanks.
On yet another level, you’ll find the mill room and storage for their upcoming barrel program. They’ve also made it into a small speakeasy style space, for those special occasions. Nudge, nudge.
West Coast Grocery Company Food
Over the last week, I’ve had the opportunity to try a few things off the menu. Everything had great flavor, and I can’t wait to try more! Here are a few things I recommend you start with:
- Jalapeno Nacho Cheese with pork cracklings and wonton chips
- Wings (I loved the garlic soy, but the sweet and spicy option wasn’t too hot for my wimpy self)
- Kinda Mac N Cheese with broccoli cheese sause, pickled Fresnos, grana, and house chili paste