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  • Elmer T. Lee Old Gold Edition

    It was the trip of a lifetime.

    Oh sure, there are ponies and wooden bats and the greatest pugilist of all time, but Kentucky Bourbon is what truly holds a special place in our heart. This past May we headed to the Bluegrass State in order to personally select a barrel of our favorite bourbon to ever touch the inside of a barrel, Elmer T. Lee.

    Vocal admirers long before his passing last year, Elmer T. Lee is generally the first bourbon we recommend to customers looking to expand their whiskey horizons. Our bartenders all have bottles at home. It's a bourbon we believe in. So that's how we found ourselves tucked away in the tranquil grounds of the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY, presented with four pristine barrels of Elmer T. Lee, the namesake single barrel bourbon of the distillery's former master distiller.

    After much plunging of the whiskey thief, intricate note-taking, and some careful deliberation, we unanimously selected "Barrel #4." Our selection was a fantastic nine-year-old bourbon with deep notes of cherry, slight spice from the rye in the mashbill, and a pristine, smooth finish. We were giddy, to say the least. After months of waiting—it is bottled by hand, after all—our very own Elmer T. Lee (complete with Old Gold sticker on each and every bottle) has arrived in Portland. 

    This won't be our final foray into barrel programs, but it's going to be hard to top a bourbon this fine.   Come on by the bar and give our Old Gold edition of Elmer T. Lee a try—while supplies last—we're confident you'll be as excited as we are. 

  • 100 Days of Hefe

    The folks at Widmer have Hefeweizen for days. 100 days, in fact.

    And in honor of their 100 Days of Hefeweizen celebration, we are teaming with Widmer for a Portland Timbers watch party this Saturday (August 16) at 4:30pm. In addition to televising the match, we'll have Hefeweizen on draft, custom Hefeweizen cocktails, plus we'll even have a food special that utilizes our favorite wheat beer as well. 

  • O'Trivia Newton-John Has Returned!

    After taking a couple months off to rest our respective brains, O'Trivia Newton-John is returning to the Old Gold on Tuesday, July 29. Gather up a team of your smartest pals, show up at 8pm (or a little before, to get yourself a table), and win prizes and glory from the greatest trivia night around.

    For those unaware, the questions at O'Trivia Newton-John are a wee bit different than your typical trivia fare. There are no stiff, boring questions about obscure historial figures (sorry, Hannibal Hamlin), instead we tend to focus on pop culture, Portland happenings, and oddball questions like: "Air Force Fighter Jet or Brand of Malt Liquor? (Silver Thunder sounds like a jet, but it's really a terrible malt liquor), "Red Lobster Menu Item or Cat Food Flavor?" (Despite it's name, "Ocean Explosion" is actually a cat food flavor), or "How much is a 16 oz. T-Bone steak at the Acropolis?" ($9.50, as if you didn't already know).

    For more fun questions like this, come on out to this month's O'Trivia Newton-John.

  • Spend Fourth of July With Us (Instead of the Emergency Room)

    We know that there is no shortage of Fourth of July options out there—backyard BBQs, frontyard BBQs, illegal foreworks, really illegal fireworks—but we're throwing our star-spangled hat into the ring this Independence Day. On Friday we'll be open from noon until 2am, with nonstop Happy Hour for 14 hours (USA! USA!), food/drink specials, and tiny American flags for everyone.

    We'll probably play a whole lot of Bob Seger as well. 

    We promise you'll have a good time, and keep all ten fingers. 

  • Summer Hours

    The days are longer, the sun is (mostly) out, so that means it's patio time.

    Starting on Friday, May 30, we will open early every Friday. Noon! Wait, noon? Yes, noon! That means seven consecutive hours of Happy Hour every Friday, all Summer long. Let the bar be your "office," or just take the afternoon off, and we'll see you here.

  • New Whiskeys

    Well, well, well, look at all these handsome new bottles.

    Despite a glaring shortage of shelf space, we just stocked up even more new whiskeys for your sipping enjoyment. It's a fine line between collecting and hoarding, but until we are crushed in a pile of bourbon, we'll keep bringing you exciting new bottles to try.

  • Whiskey 101 in May

    Attention! Attention! Our next Whiskey 101 class is right around the corner and we have a couple slots still available. On Saturday, May 10 at 1pm our brilliant wizard of whiskey, Andrew Finkelman, will teach you everything you have ever wanted to know ahout this mighty spirit. The class runs $30 and includes a half-dozen whiskey tastings, plus there are snacks. Everyone loves snacks. 

    To nab one of the final spots in this class, please stop by the bar or drop us a line.