Making a huge variety of holy-&%#!-now-I'm-awake ginger beers, Rachel's Ginger Beer is a staple of Seattle's Pike Place Market and one of Seattle's most prosperous artisan companies, and PoMo reports it's opening its first store outside of Washington in Portland. Rachel's Ginger Beer will take over the former Pete's Coffee at 3646 SE Hawthorne Blvd., and it will open fall 2016. Along with bottle sales and growler fills of ten types of ginger beers, from the classic, to ginger beers flavored with pink guava and blood orange, you'll find tortas and cocktails on-tap.
The tortas come by way of Monica Dimas, who owns Seattle's Tortas Condesa on Capitol Hill and the perma-pop-up, Neon Taco. Dimas makes tortas using bolillos, a bread traditionally used by streetfood vendors in Mexico, and if Dimas's Seattle menu bares any resemblance to what she'll serve in Portland, you'll find things like the Hole Mole torta, with braised beef mole and cotija cheese, and the Housemade Chorizo torta, which involves housemade chorizo, two fried eggs, avocado, cilantro, pickled jalapeños, cotija, and smoked chili mayo.
Rachel's Ginger Beer is known for its on-tap cocktails involving its many ginger beers, so expect to find its coveted Moscow Mule and Dark 'n' Stormys. In fact, you'll be able to turn that Dark ‘n' Stormy into a float with a scoop of Salt & Straw ice cream, too.
The company is exploring the the option of setting up a wholesale production facility in Portland, as well.