When it comes to Beaverton tap lists, you almost always have to grade on a curve—granting bonus points for Pfriems and Breaksides that might show up in even the methiest Portland dives. Even Beaverton's few beer bars are mostly burger barns full of Firestone Walker and Not Your Father's.
Well, hold the goddamn phone. Craft Pour House (16055 SW Regatta Lane, No. 700, Beaverton, 503-747-5864, craftpourhouse.com) might be Beaverton's first true nerd-out, beer-geek bar. In a nondescript, almost Orange County-style mini-mall next to Thai, Mexican and Indian restaurants—which is to say, every single strip mall in Beaverton—Craft Pour House is decorated only by a pair of TVs tuned to lesser-market sports (tennis, female Olympic wrestling) and an admirable selection of Timbers scarves.
At first glance, the only food offered is Lunchables, which apparently added Oreos since the last time I ate one, when I was 8. But food can be ordered in from the spots next door, and the beer list is downright admirable. In addition to a surprisingly pleasant house ale soured only by the many cherries used to brew it, the 25 taps are split helpfully among ciders and meads, fruit beers and sours, pales and wheats, darks, IPAs and "freestyle." All are available in 10 ounces, usually for a mere three or four bucks.
Near-unknowns like the excellent Snipes Mountain meet up with funny experiments like a fresh-hop sour from No-Li, a triple-Brett barrel-aged mead from Nectar Creek, and a Cascade Lakes IPA on nitro—apparently just for the hell of it. The bartender told us the bar plans to eventually bring in customers to help brew batches of beer. "So they feel some ownership of the beer," he says. Say it with me: "NEEERRRRRDDSSS!" We'll happily stop in to nerd out anytime we're in Beaversville.