McMenamins Tavern and Pool taps October 1985


This 1985 photograph of tap handles in McMenamins Tavern and Pool in Portland shows the variety of shapes and styles that try to grab customers' attention. Until July 1985, Oregon breweries were not allowed to sell beer directly to their own customers. Pub owners Mike and Brian McMenamin worked with other local owners and brewers to change the Prohibition-era law. Thirty years later in September 2015, McMenamins opened its 25th brewery and had brewed more than 68,500 batches since the first batch in 1985. Tavern and Pool does not have an on-site brewery but is across the street from another of the company's ventures, the 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop.

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