99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall, 99 Bottles of Beer…

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.

7 responses

  1. It would be nice if you were to do a couple of vintage bottles of the higher gravity stuff. I’d love me some year (or more) Adam…

  2. This is amazing news and I can’t wait. I’ve been needing a bottleshop on this side, and I can think of nothing better than it being incorporated into my already favorite place.

  3. Very good news. I’m over by Montgomery Park so this is awesome. Some IPAs worth considering: Russian River Pliny the Elder, Alesmith IPA.

  4. I’m a bit biased, but I’d love some Wisconsin beers. Not Leinenkugel’s, though, that barely counts anymore. I’m not sure what all you can even get out here, but New Glarus, Ale Asylum, Capitol, Point, Central Waters, Tyranena, and Sprecher are all fine, upstanding brewers.

  5. I think this is great news, and I bought a bottle this week. From Bailey’s I’d expect local beers, a diverse range, and plenty of distinct or unusual beer in each style. The bottle list as a concentrated form of the tap list.

    So some rarer DIPAs? Maybe a hoppy red, a black IPA, to go along with the set of stouds and sours? Things I can’t get if I walk up to Whole Foods NW. Things that remind me of Bailey’s 🙂

    If it’s rare/unusual beer, and not just extreme beer, Bailey’s would be my preferred bottle shop, I think. It may already be now.

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