Occidental Brewing
posted March 25, 2013 9:32 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat April 6 at 1:00 PM, Occidental Brewing
6635 North Baltimore Avenue, Portland, OR, USA (Map & Directions)
Secretariat and cortex say Occidental is a pretty great place and we should have a meetup there. And so! Saturday April 6 @ one in the afternoon.
posted by curious nu to Meetup (33 comments total)

Sounds good to me.
posted by nickthetourist at 9:38 AM on March 25, 2013

I have a thing on the 13th. I'm available all other Saturdays in April.
posted by mimo at 9:56 AM on March 25, 2013

Thwarted already! Maybe the 6th, then? End of first week of classes for us school-folks.
posted by curious nu at 11:03 AM on March 25, 2013

The thwarting is coming from...inside...the...house! Ahhhhh!!!!!!
posted by mimo at 11:11 AM on March 25, 2013


And April 6th would be great for us too.

Of important note: they do not do food. Just excellent, excellent beer. But they're three or four blocks downhill from downtown St. Johns, where there is plenty of food, so we could do a pre-beer eating thing somewhere and then go drink, or drink and then go eat, or something. Or everybody could just plan to eat however they are so inclined and leave it at that. But we would be happy to facilitate a bit of an Eat In St. Johns thing one way or another since this is totally our neighborhood.

And we could also probably take to go over to Occidental, though I'll give them a call and ask nicely about that just so I know for sure and we don't commit any group faux pas.
posted by cortex at 11:18 AM on March 25, 2013

I'll call later today and check on the food situation.
posted by curious nu at 11:27 AM on March 25, 2013

I am excited about the beer list. There are several I would like to try.
posted by mimo at 1:59 PM on March 25, 2013

I am excited about the beer list.

There's seems to be something missing, what with this being Portland and all....

Anyway, not sure I can make it on the 6th as I might be committed to full-on nerdiness at a Magic Tournament. Though, I suppose if this were to last into the evening I could venture over.
posted by nickthetourist at 3:17 PM on March 25, 2013

The two or three beers I've had from them have been super. I'm not sure if I can make it to the meetup, but a visit to Occidental is on my list.
posted by turbodog at 6:32 AM on March 26, 2013

Nick, they just don't make an IPA. They sometimes have a guest tap in their tasting room, but I haven't seen an IPA there yet.
posted by Secretariat at 7:19 AM on March 26, 2013

Secretariat: Nick, they just don't make an IPA.

That's what I was getting at....my sarcasm didn't translate very well.

I feel the need to support them simply because of this fact.
posted by nickthetourist at 9:56 AM on March 26, 2013

I am looking forward to partaking in the malty goodness without an overly aggressive hoppy bite. That, or a nice clean, fresh taste.
posted by mimo at 10:55 AM on March 26, 2013 [1 favorite]

Oh, I got the sarcasm, but I guess I had just woken up, so I decided to say it again. Just to make it clear or something.
posted by Secretariat at 12:31 PM on March 26, 2013

Occidental sez bringing food in is fine.
posted by curious nu at 7:55 PM on March 26, 2013 [1 favorite]

More re: food: what's some good food around there, c/S? Trying to decide if there's something I would want to bring over, or maybe push this to 2 and then eat in beforehand. (I have a thing in Multnomah Village til 12:30, at which point I'll drive over to St Johns and be hungry)
posted by curious nu at 9:48 AM on March 29, 2013

Food for hauling down might include:

- burritos/tacos from Taqueria Santa Cruz, which is super good and super cheap and in the back room of a small grocery story/bakery

- pizza from Signal Station, if people wanted to organize some sort of shared pie order or whatever

- bao from The Boawry, the duck buns and pork buns are crazy amazing and travel pretty well

Food for just sitting down and eating where you buy it from but probably not ideal as takeout:

- James John Cafe makes a bunch of tasty stuff, I really like their corn beef hash and their fancy french toast

- Proper Eats makes fairly tasty if appallingly healthy vegan-ish food, a good option if you like no meet and lots of roughage

- Girasole makes tasty flatbread and some really nice cinnamon rolls

There are others as well, but that's some off the top of the head stuff. The list could have started and ended with the taqueria if I wanted to keep it simple, their shit is so good and stupid cheap.
posted by cortex at 9:55 PM on March 29, 2013

I should say, all of those being shops right on Lombard within about four blocks of each other, except Bowery which is one block off Lombard behind Signal Station.
posted by cortex at 9:56 PM on March 29, 2013

Looks like Baowry doesn't open til 5, unfortunately. =/
posted by curious nu at 8:05 AM on March 30, 2013

Sure, I can talk all day about food local to me! Baowry isn't open for lunch yet, but they will be in a few weeks, hooray. They're currently my favorite restaurant in Portland.

Taqueria Santa Cruz is probably one of the very best burritos in Portland. I haven't personally gone on a search for the best of the best, but I've been told by many that they consider it the best. They do have a few veggie options, and their tacos come without cheese. I would probably not count on them for a vegan option, but Proper Eats does a decent burrito (and many other things) completely vegan that you can get to go.

Kokiyo Teriyaki does good cheap teriyaki type food (as well as some other Japanese dishes, nothing too fancy, though). They do to-go.

Thai Cottage does tasty thai food, but you'll have to remember to ask them if you want any of the basic dishes, like Pad Thai, spicy. I'm sure they can do spicy, but on the things I usually order they don't even bother to ask for a spice level.

Burgerville is nearby too.

There's some food carts- Southern Belles does southern comfort food- ham, turkey, or egg salad, a tasty burger, some soups. There's Pizza Contadino (not sure about their hours, though, they're symbiotic with a bar) which does delicious, sourdough crust pizza, and I think there's a sausage cart that was going to open soon.

I guess my question is, what kind of food are you looking for? Does this list not please you?
posted by Secretariat at 4:37 PM on March 30, 2013

Oh, now I properly read why you wanted food ideas. You know, if there's a few people who want food from the same place, we could just head in a little early and place orders (I don't think the burrito place does phone orders) or pick up food to make sure it's ready when you get here.
posted by Secretariat at 4:40 PM on March 30, 2013

Not sure, but I might be able to make it as well.
posted by aleph at 10:54 PM on April 2, 2013

Secretariat: would you and cortex be willing to pick mimo and I up something from Santa Cruz? I don't see a menu anywhere online, but we're not fussy eaters; anything not-spicy would be great. Burritos, tacos, fajitas, whatever.
posted by curious nu at 5:55 PM on April 4, 2013

Sure, we can pick stuff up. They have a variety of meats- these are the ones I can remember:

Carne Asada, Pollo, Carnitas, Pastor, Pescado, whatever the word for tripe is, Lengua, Cabeza, Chorizo.

I think all of those are available as tacos, and everything except the last four as burritos. A meat burrito is delicious and filling, and contains meat, cheese, beans, and rice. Maybe some cilantro and onions. A taco is meat, onions, and cilantro.

Then, they also do a veggie burrito that usually has beans, cheese, rice, sour cream, avocado, tomato, and lettuce. This is also really delicious. I'm sure they do just bean and cheese too, and there may be some sort of fajita veggie type thing for burritos or tacos.

Nothing I've ever ordered is spicy, but they have spicy salsas available. There's also all sorts of other foods, like tamales, meat plates, menudo and other soups, but I've never ordered them.

Prices- if I remember right, tacos are $1, burritos are $4. If you're eating tacos, you would want at a minimum 3 tacos.
posted by Secretariat at 6:36 PM on April 4, 2013

Shot you a memail with a food order. See you guys tomorrow!
posted by curious nu at 9:48 PM on April 5, 2013

Anyone else want us to pick up some taqueria food?
posted by Secretariat at 8:40 AM on April 6, 2013

I will be there, going to hit up the taco deal cortex is suggesting on IRC. Gonna ride my bike, so hope it doesn't rain too much on me ;)
posted by iamabot at 9:14 AM on April 6, 2013

Also, I have eaten at said Taqueria, their pastor is pretty good, so is the asada.
posted by iamabot at 9:14 AM on April 6, 2013

I will probably eat beforehand, and be there around 1.
posted by Sibrax at 10:32 AM on April 6, 2013

We're at the taqueria now, order in and waiting for the food. We'll walk down to Occidental as soon as that's out.
posted by cortex at 12:48 PM on April 6, 2013

I'm grabbing noodles (after seeing the likely wait for a burrito) and will be there soon!
posted by Kpele at 1:20 PM on April 6, 2013

Excellent meetup, so nice to see you guys again.
posted by iamabot at 6:58 PM on April 6, 2013

It was a kick! Thanks to everybody for coming out to our neck of the woods. And Sibrax and compartment, thanks for taking the extended tour of some of St. Johns' eateries with us.
posted by cortex at 7:48 PM on April 6, 2013

Thanks for the tour! I previously knew St. Johns as the place with the really cool bridge. Now I know it as the place with good food, good beer, and the really cool bridge. Nice meeting everyone; thanks for making the new guy feel welcome.
posted by compartment at 10:25 AM on April 7, 2013

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