1158 11th Ave., Longview, Wash., 360-261-0956. 5:30-10 pm Friday, 3-8 pm Saturday.
[LONGVIEW LIGHT] The five dudes behind Five Dons—longtime
friends from Longview, none named Don—don't take themselves too
seriously. What's the story with the "hoof-washing sink" behind the bar?
That's an inside joke about bovine growth hormone. Why is a rubber
chicken wedged into the kangaroo pocket of a hoodie for sale? Because
rubber chickens are funny, duh. And what's with that burly candy cane
over there? Oh, that's leftover plumbing equipment—unused, don't
worry—refashioned into a tap for the winter warmer, a rich ale redolent
of nutmeg and cinnamon. Five Dons opened last spring in a brightly lit,
no-frills tasting room out of a former office space on a side street in
Longview. Expect five or so beers on tap, with an emphasis on easy
drinkability—the word "light" appears in the description of the Dark
Divide Porter ("light mouthfeel"), the Blonde Next Door ("light, smooth
and refreshing") and the Golden Hugh Hefe ("light maltiness"). But
they're not ignoring the demands of hopheads: As of late January, the
first IPA was in test batches.
DRINK THIS: The Dark Divide Porter is rich and roasty without cloying heaviness.