The renowned Seattle ginger beer brewery and bar Rachel's Ginger Beer has officially made the move to Portland, opening today at 3646 SE Hawthorne Blvd., reports Portland Monthly. Not only is it serving its shockingly robust ginger beers: It's entered Portland's highly competitive fried chicken sandwich game.
Rachel’s Ginger Beer originally planned to serve tortas by chef Monica Dimas, Eater Seattle Chef of the Year 2016 nominee, but that all seems to have changed, with Dimas opening her new restaurant, Sunset Fried Chicken Sandwiches, this spring (it operates inside the Capitol Hill location of Rachel’s Ginger Beer).
Now all four of Sunset’s signature fried-chicken sandwiches have made the move to Portland, writes PoMo. That includes the beloved GT, playfully inspired by General Tso chicken. Filling out the rest of the food menu are healthy salads balanced with fried appetizers, like hushpuppies.
And what about the real-deal ginger beer and ginger beer cocktails? Rachel’s is currently pouring its vast selection of ginger beers, including those flavored with things like pink guava and white peach, for immediate sipping or growler-fills. It's also doing soft serve and floats. But boozy options won’t be available until December 2, at the earliest, according PoMo, due to licensing issues.
As of today, Rachel’s Ginger Beer has officially entered the Portland market. It’s open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with plans to expand hours to 11 p.m., when its liquor license comes through.