Horse Brass proprietor Don Younger was an icon and
instigator, deserving much credit for putting Portland toward the top of
the American beer scene. Younger passed away in January, just missing
In early 1998, as a newly hired WW reporter, I knew nothing about journalism or Portland (many readers have told me my cluelessness on either score hasn't changed) when I was assigned to write a cover story about the stalled growth of the micro-brewery business. As a keen beer-drinker, I was interested in the assignment although I lacked sources and context. One gray winter afternoon, I made ...
The photo above is of a group that will be feeling a lot less happy come midnight, when a new smoking ban goes into effect. They're the regulars at the Horse Brass Pub in Southeast Portland, long known as a true beer geeks' paradise and also one of the smokiest bars in town. Titled "Last Smokers" and taken by Sir Aaron Barnard of Vanished Twin Photography, the shot echoes a less nicotine-stained ...