Yep, we made it! That's 140 dog years. It all started back in 1994 in a former roofing company warehouse. After five months of grueling remodeling we open the original Lucky Labrador on Southeast Hawthorne and what was to become, as some say, an icon of Portland.
What a long time it's been. Back in 1995 at the inaugural Dogtoberfest there was already a line when we opened and by the end of the afternoon, we (just Alex and Gary) had washed 60 dogs.
Are you a big dog or just a puppy? Join us this Sunday, Sept. 7th for the Tour de Lab bike event. Register here: http://tourdelab.com/
Join us Tuesday, August 26th at the Hawthorne Brew Pub for our Tenth Annual Hop Harvest Party. A bunch of us get together, pick hops, drink beer, and nibble on some crazy-good hop infused chicken wings.
Come join us for the the 17th Tastival at the Qimby Beerhall Friday, February 28th and Saturday, March 1, from noon to 10 p.m.
We have a total of over 50 beers so far! We will have about 25 on tap at any one time and we rotate through as the event progresses.
It's sad to say but The Worst Day of the Year Ride is cancelled. All preregistered riders will get credit toward next year's event. We thought the weather might clear up a little but Mother Nature is still throwing snowballs. For more info please refer to the the Worst Day Site or check out our Facebook page
It's out! The Mutt will be served starting today, while supplies last, at all four pubs. Using Cascade hops grown at the Hawthorne Pub along with several mysterious hops varieties grown by our hop enthusiast friends, we used 250 pounds this year in one seven barrel batch! Our kettle, doubling as a jam-packed hop back, was full of the mongrel menagerie of humulus lupulus.
It all started back in the fall of 1995 when we decided as part of our very first anniversary we would do a free dog wash for our loyal patrons. We placed a small ad in the Willy Week and hoped a few dogs would show. At 11 a.m. there was already a line and by the end of the afternoon, we (just Alex and Gary) had washed 60 dogs. We were completely “dogged tired.”
Join us August 27th for our annual Hop Harvest Party on the patio at the Hawthorne Pub. The picking starts at 4 p.m. We will have the usual BBQ fired up for those that help us pick hops for our fresh hop beer, "The Mutt".
Call Ben at the Quimby Brewery (503-517-4352) if you need to make hop drop-off arrangements.
Today we are re-re-re releasing Konigs Kolsch, a top-fermented beer named after the German style ale brewed only in Cologne (technically it has to be brewed in Cologne, but pretty much everyone breaks the rules these days). It has a straw color, a malty golden flavor, a prominent Hallertauer hop finish, and comes in at 4.9% abv. In Cologne, Kolsch is served in small, .25 liter, tall narrow glasses and servers have round trays with holes holding about 15 glasses. Servers roam the Bierhaus, exchanging empties for fulls, and marking customer's coasters to keep track of tabs.
Back in 14th century Germany in the town of Einbeck, the bock beer style was born. The term bock came from southern Bavarians pronouncing the town’s name “Ein bock” which translates to “a billy goat.” The beer was good and the name stuck.