Begun as a bottle shop before a bar was raised, BeerMongers (1125 SE Division St., 234-6012, thebeermongers.com) is still more warehouse than watering hole. That's not a bad thing. Despite cruelly bright lighting and Goodwill-quality furniture, there's something endearing about the place. It's a little like drinking inside a buddy's garage—if your buddy had eight taps sprouting from his kegerator, plus two long coolers of bottles organized by style to facilitate the matching of mood to brew. A glassware-exchange table (don't drink that Heine out of a Grolsch glass, you barbaric clod!) was another nice touch. Two libertine bar policies are the real kickers: There's no corkage fee to glug bottles on site and you're free to bring your own food, with either the 'Mongers' Banana Building neighbor, Portobello Vegan Trattoria, or Los Gorditos being quite convenient.
Culture editor Martin Cizmar writes about food, beer, jam bands, country music, gangsta rap, bikes, cannabis and the outdoors. He’s originally from a smallish city in the part of Ohio that was once part of Connecticut and has worked as a reporter at dailies in Michigan, Virginia and Arizona and as music editor at the alt-weekly in Phoenix. He’s a passionate advocate for unfettered access to public lands, the repatriation of Oregon wolves, increased urban density and good machaca burritos. He is unwelcome in the cities of Salem and Lake Oswego.