in its infinite, manly wisdom, has inducted Don Younger's Horse Brass Pub
into the magazine's "Best Bars in America
" list. The June issue (which is not yet online) has the beloved Brit-pub and craft brew mecca leading this year's lineup.
It's about damn time—Younger (who, for those few who haven't met him, is a native Portlander, not an English expat) and his enormous bar have been a driving force in the microbrew revolution for nigh on 30 years. No bar we know of played such a large role in getting Portlanders (and, with us, the rest of the country) drinking good beer. What took you so long, Esquire
? We know at least one of your editors has spent some time in Portland recently.
The Portland bars that have previously made the list are Jimmy Mak's, the deservedly famous jazz club, and Clyde Common, which is actually a restaurant.
Look for Drink, WW's annual list of our favorite bars, in next week's paper.