40 N State St., Lake Oswego, 344-4449, stickmenbeer.com. 11:30 am-10 pm Monday-Thursday, 11 am-11 pm Friday, 10 am-11 pm Saturday, 10 am-10 pm Sunday.
[GETTING BETTER] Mostly fueled by business that comes from
its stewardship of a nice lakefront patio, Stickmen Brewing this year
turned over a new leaf. There's a welcome surprise in the vibrant, spicy
complexity of the barrel-aged honey ale called Thundersnow. That beer
also does well to highlight one of Stickmen's strengths, a good-sized
barrel-aging program. Three things haven't changed, though. You still
have to park at Albertsons across the street. The place still smells
mildly of fish and bleach. The food is overpriced and mediocre. Still,
Stickmen handles pop up in some of the city's better taprooms. Be sure
to start with a sample.
DRINK THIS: Something from a barrel.