Reclaiming historic structures--as breweries & pubs

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BVery
beers 13557 º places 750 º 15:30 Fri 4/15/2016

Awesome thread. The character of a cool old building just can’t be replicated with new construction, IMO.

 
douglas88
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beers 11207 º places 372 º 15:34 Fri 4/15/2016

So many McMenamins. An old farm, a Masonic lodge, a former church. They are really cool.

 
slowrunner77
beers 17772 º places 500 º 15:50 Fri 4/15/2016

I’ve loved all the McMenamins buildings, but have yet to be impressed with their beers. The last time in Bend the food and beer prices were higher than just about everywhere else as well.

 
after4ever
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beers 8025 º places 322 º 17:30 Fri 4/15/2016

Originally posted by slowrunner77
I’ve loved all the McMenamins buildings, but have yet to be impressed with their beers. The last time in Bend the food and beer prices were higher than just about everywhere else as well.

Yeah, this is a common complaint with their operation as a whole. Lousy service, food and beer just okay, prices too high.I’d never waste time at one of their strip mall locations, unless I just wanted to bang out some new rates. Still, I keep hitting more and more of them. They’re just that much fun as places to drink.

Nobody else can match what they accomplish with their historical restorations, at least not for how MANY they have restored. Gardens, pools, live music, hotels--they create incredible places to drink (mediocre) beer.

Many, maybe most of their locations have their own brewers, though, and sometimes the beers that are unique to one place can be really good. This is the exception, though.

 
slowrunner77
beers 17772 º places 500 º 19:49 Fri 4/15/2016

I’ve only had 19 of their beers, and nothing above my average score of 3.4. Last couple times I went several of the beers were the same as before, so I couldn’t even be a proper ratings ho. I guess I’ve only tried to eat there once (in Bend) and was astonished by the price of pizza (and tasters). Super cool place, but there’s cool places in Bend, or Portland, that have really really good beer, too. I see myself going to each one once, and not seeing the need to go back...

 
574deadzone
beers 1420 º places 11 º 17:37 Sat 4/16/2016

One of the most awesome things about craft beer is repurposing old buildings. Love it and hope it continues. It’s a win-win for all involved.

 
andrewje41
beers 6166 º places 141 º 20:57 Sat 4/16/2016

At Wander brewing right now and it reminded me of this thread. Built inside a building that used to weld up boats, and still has the original 3 ton cranes present. Would attach a picture if I knew how.

 
StefanSD
beers 2449 º places 57 º 21:57 Sat 4/16/2016

On a side note there are often urban development funds and subsidies for rehabing old structures. So, it’s also smart business.

 
sethdude
beers 708 º places 17 º 22:11 Sat 4/30/2016

Worth noting, Schlafly’s Tap Room is featured in Escape From New York.