|Laurelwood coming to the former Springwater Grill space.|
From PDX Eater via Brewpublic I learn that it is none other than Laurelwood Brewing Company that is set to take over the prime restaurant space on SE Milwaukie Ave in the heart of the Westmoreland business district that was most recently occupied by the Moreland House restaurant. Prior to the Moreland House the space was the Springwater Grill. Neither restaurant lasted terribly long in the space making me wonder why - it is such a great location. Recently I mentioned the location to someone else who was looking for brewpub space as it is in my own self-interest being a Sellwood resident.
But I suspect that Sellwood-Moreland will still be without a proper Brewpub. I mentioned this lacuna in the blog a while back and someone responded that there are already three. But not quite. Philadelphia's is a sandwich shop with brewed on site beer. Oak Bottom Public House is a fully realized pub but no brewing occurs there. The Portland U-Brew Pub has brewed on-site beer but no kitchen (you can get paninis and such if you are hungry or, even better, scuttle next door to the San Felipe Taquria). So there really is no fully realized brewpub in the neighborhood. I suspect the Laurelwood will be like the Oaks Bottom - full pub menu and Laurelwood beer, but trucked in from the Sandy Boulevard location, but you never know, they may try to cram in a little brewhouse. This is not a criticism of any of these places, just a statement of desire for a full-fledged brewpub that I ca walk to.
Regardless of how they set it up I am totally excited to welcome the Laurelwood, they have good beer, good food and a good atmosphere. I am also extremely high on Laurelwood these days now that Vasilios Gletsos is brewing for them. I will give this one word of advice (or perhaps it is a plea) to the Laurelwood folks: do like the Sandy location and have sports on TV, the neighborhood needs a good place to watch games...
NB: I have now patronized the Portland U-Brew & Pub and I have been neglectful in writing about it. So I'll give a quick snapshot. The space is a tad awkward, but they have done a nice job working with what they have and creating a comfortable environment. The dart board rocks and it worth the trip in itself: it is real, high quality and free. The beers are interesting, when I was there they were well-crafted subtle beers (I think there was a cream ale and a blonde on, for example) and not big hoppy proto-typical NW beers. All were well done but I did miss the signature IPA. I think on a warm night, some beer on the tables outside with food from San Felipe next door is a winning combo.