Bottled beer gets a bad rap at most bars. Typically, it exists just to fill in holes or as back-up for picky drinkers. Ideally, though, it should do more. Ideally, it should expand the entire scope of beerdom, giving drinkers greater choice and introducing them to styles that typically aren’t served on draft.
Recently, we’ve taken a good hard look in the mirror when it came to our bottle list and realized there was room for improvement and expansion. We initially started with around 30 bottled beers, all of which were “big” beers, ala barleywines, imperial stouts, and stronger Belgians like tripels, quads, and sour Flanders.
But within the past couple months, we’ve doubled our selection to include a wider range of styles, from IPAs and pale ales to unique German-style lagers like Schwarzbier and Dunkels. And we’re hoping to expand even further with a goal of 99 bottles, the majority of which will encompass nearly every Oregon-brewed bottled beer.
This expansion is significant not only because it’s going to mean that you will always find your favorite style of beer available at Bailey’s, as well as a slew of other styles to try when you’re feeling adventurous, but also because it gives you the option of treating Bailey’s a little less like a tap room and a little more like a bottle shop when you don’t have time to sit down and hang around for a few rounds.
While there are a number of excellent spots on the east side to stock up on beer for home, to give away as gifts, or to bring to parties, there is a bit of a vacuum on the west side, and particularly downtown, that we’re looking to fill. And with our To-Go prices usually $2-4 cheaper than listed on our bar menu and bottle deposit already factored in, you’re going to be able to find most of your favorite brews at the same price (or sometimes cheaper) than you could find them at grocery stores or bottle shops at the other end of town.
While our bottle list is still very much under construction, you should begin to see new choices filtering in during the coming weeks, and if you have any recommendations on particular beers you’d like to see us carry, let us know either in person at the bar or here on this blog and we’ll see what we can do; after all, it’s time to bring back some respect for the beer bottle.