The space at corner of SE Woodstock Boulevard and 44th Avenue has proven a tricky one to fill (Mickey Finn's, Kilt), but now the neighborhood's getting a bona fide ringer in the shape of Double Mountain Taproom, courtesy of Double Mountain Brewery, which is best-known for its Vaporizer pale ale and Hop Lava Northwest IPA.
Sitting down for cheeseburgers at the nearby Lutz Tavern, brewery founder and majority owner Matt Swihart told us that Double Mountain has completely overhauled the boarded-up space and is eyeing a mid-July opening. The other vital details:
- The saloon-style bar will come equipped with 34 taps that will pull 20 different kinds of Double Mountain drafts (some beers will be designated two handles)
- Also on tap: occassional guest beers, Double Mountain's Jumpin' Jack Flash cider, and a smattering of cocktails
- The menu will match the celebrated menu at the Hood River location: salads, sandwiches, and those pizzas, including specials; think pies topped with chicken, blue cheese, and Fire on the Mountain wing sauce for Buffalo wing-flavored pizza
- Expect the menu to quickly expand. Swihart says his kitchen staff is building new dishes with his brand new ceramic and brick oven, which he says is far larger—and burns much hotter—than the one used in Hood River
- Double Mountain Taproom will be sizable, seating 125 indoors and 30 to 40 more at outdoor picnic tables, and done up in glass and plenty of reclaimed woods
Swihart is also doling out $500 to each of his bartenders with instructions to go buy old records. That's right. Double Mountain will regularly spin vinyl.
It will host weekly musical performances, too. In fact, Swihart's hoping to have his band, the GreenNeck DareDevils, an Americana-roots band led by singer-songwriter Billy Sheeley, to play opening night sometime in July (Swihart plays the banjo).
Double Mountain Taproom: 4336 SE Woodstock Blvd.