The Timbers Army has had a rough time with bars. Since their team joined Major League Soccer in 2011, fans have lost three of their favorite haunts near the stadium—the Matador, Blitz and the Bitter End (twice). Back in August 2013, Timbers owner Merritt Paulson made a big promise. If the team won the MLS Cup, he tweeted, he'd buy the fans a pub. Well, the Timbers won the league title last season. And Paulson followed up—well, sorta.
Double Post (1844 SW Morrison St.) isn't what most people call a "bar." Actually, it's just a regular Providence Park concession stand with wood paneling and better beer. It's open exactly as long as other concession stands on the concourse and doesn't offer anywhere to sit. A press release promised "iconography from the Timbers Army and the Knockout Round match against Sporting KC during the Timbers' 2015 championship run," but the Army regular who accompanied me couldn't spot any such iconography.
On opening day, fans were divided about this. "Merritt Paulson, you cock tease!" one yelled. Others happily pointed out that the beer list really was good and included Pfriem's Belgian Strong Dark, a 10 percent monster poured in full stadium pints for $9.50, which is pretty much the regular bar price. Any pro sports fan should expect to be disappointed by the billionaires in charge, but few fans get such great beer to console themselves.