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Industry Hospitality, Microbrewery
Founded 1983
Headquarters Portland, Oregon, USA
Number of locations
54 (as of November 2016)[1]
Area served
Western Oregon and Washington
Products Beers (Bagdad Ale, Cascade Head Ale, Crystal Ale, Ruby Ale, Hammerhead Ale, Edgefield Wheat Ale, Nebraska Bitter, Sunflower IPA, Black Rabbit Porter, Terminator Stout[2]), Wines, Cider, Distilled spirits, Coffee
Revenue $26.9 million (estimated as of 2007[3])
Owner Mike and Brian McMenamin (founders and majority owners[4])
Number of employees
2,600 (as of 2016[3])

McMenamins is a family-owned business operating 54 distinct brewpubs,[5] breweries, music venues, historic hotels, and theater pubs in the Pacific Northwest. Founded by brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin with a single Portland neighborhood pub in 1983, McMenamins today includes 46 Oregon and eight Washington properties, 18 on the National Register of Historic Places. According to the Brewers Association, McMenamins is one of the top 50 largest craft breweries in the United States.[6]


McMenamins was founded by brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin, who grew up in northeast Portland, Oregon;[4] they trace the beginning of McMenamins to the 1974 opening of Produce Row Café.[4][7] They created the first post-Prohibition brewpub in Oregon — the Hillsdale Brewery & Public House in southwest Portland — in 1985.[7] That same year McMenamins became the first brewery in the USA to legally use fruit in the brewing of ales[2] (raspberries, for Ruby Ale, one of their standard ales).

Their first theater pub was the Mission Theatre & Pub (1987). The company then entered the broader hospitality business starting in 1990, when they converted a 74 acre-site (that at one time served as the Multnomah County Poor Farm) into Edgefield, which over the years has been expanded to include "vinting, distilling, gardening, lodging, [and] golf".[7] By 1997, food accounted for over half of McMenamins' total sales.[8] The purchase, $4 million remodeling,[8] and 1997 re-opening of the Crystal Ballroom as a dance hall/music venue got McMenamins into the staging of national music acts.[7]

By May 1998, there were 37 McMenamins locations in Oregon and six in Washington, grossing $50 million/year in business.[4]

By November 2016, there were 46 McMenamins locations in Oregon and eight in Washington. [9]


McMenamins in Corvallis
Old Church & Pub in Wilsonville

There are fifty-four McMenamins locations as of November 2016; some of the locations feature multiple venues:[1]

  1. Cornelius Pass Roadhouse & Imbrie Hall (includes Little White Shed)
  2. Edgefield (includes Black Rabbit Restaurant & Bar, Power Station Pub & Theater, Jerry's Ice House, Little Red Shed, Distillery Bar, Winery Tasting Room, Lucky Staehly's Pool Hall, Tea House Bar and Loading Dock Grill)
  3. Fulton Pub & Brewery
  4. Highland Pub & Brewery
  5. Hillsdale Brewery & Public House
  6. John Barleycorns
  7. McMenamins Cedar Hills
  8. McMenamins Greenway Pub
  9. McMenamins Mall 205
  10. McMenamins Murray & Allen
  11. McMenamins Oregon City
  12. McMenamins Sherwood
  13. McMenamins Sunnyside
  14. McMenamins West Linn
  15. Oak Hills Brewpub
  16. Raleigh Hills Pub
  17. Rock Creek Tavern
  18. St. Johns Theater & Pub
  19. Bagdad Theatre & Pub (includes the Back Stage Bar and Greater Trumps)
  20. Barley Mill Pub
  21. Blue Moon Tavern & Grill
  22. Crystal Ballroom
  23. Greater Trumps
  24. Kennedy School (includes Courtyard Restaurant)
  25. Market Street Pub
  26. McMenamins on Broadway
  27. Mission Theatre & Pub
  28. McMenamins Tavern & Pool
  29. The Rams Head
  30. White Eagle Saloon (Hryszko Brothers Building)
  31. Boon's Treasury
  32. East 19th Street Café (near the University of Oregon[10])
  33. High Street Brewery & Café
  34. Hotel Oregon (McMinnville)| (includes McMenamins Pub, Carter the Great Bar, Cellar Bar and Rooftop Bar)
  35. Lighthouse Brewpub (in Lincoln City)
  36. McMenamins Corvallis
  37. North Bank
  38. Roseburg Station Pub & Brewery
  39. The Grand Lodge Hotel (includes Ironwork Grill, Bob's Bar, Pat's Corner, Doctor's Office and Theater Bar)
  40. Thompson Brewery & Public House
  41. McMenamins East Vancouver
  42. McMenamins Mill Creek
  43. McMenamins on the Columbia
  44. McMenamins Queen Anne
  45. Olympic Club Hotel (includes Olympic Club Pub)
  46. Six Arms
  47. Old St. Francis School (includes Fireside Bar, O'Kanes, Theater Bar, Broom closet Bar and Old St. Francis Pub)
  48. Chapel Pub
  49. McMenamins on Monroe
  50. Crystal Hotel (includes Zeus Café, Al's Den and Ringlers Annex)
  51. McMenamins Spar Café
  52. McMenamins Gearhart Hotel & Sand Trap
  53. Anderson School (Bothell) (includes Tavern on the Square, The Shed, Principal's Office, Theater Bar, the Woodshop and Northshore Lagoon
  54. 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop

Closed locations:

  1. Dad Watsons (now closed)
  2. Riverwood Pub (now closed)

Notable locations[edit]

McMenamins Ringlers Annex at the Flatiron Building in Portland, Oregon

Many of its locations are renovated historical properties; as of June 2004, nine are on the National Register of Historic Places:

Other locations include a former Masonic retirement home (The Grand Lodge); a building that was part of the Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition (St. John's Pub); and a former funeral home in North Portland (The Chapel Pub) which also serves as the company's headquarters.[12]

As of May 2009, McMenamins is in the process of renovating The Hotel Alma in downtown Portland, a former hotel, bathhouse and nightclub,[13] into what the company hopes will become another property on the National Register of Historic Places[14]


  1. ^ a b Map of Locations from the company's website
  2. ^ a b McMenamins Standard Ales from the company's website
  3. ^ a b McMenamins, Inc. Profile from Hoover's
  4. ^ a b c d e Over One Million Served, a May 13, 1998 article in Willamette Week
  5. ^ "List of pubs". Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  6. ^ Oregon places 4 breweries on list of nation’s 50 biggest beermakers, from an April 14, 2009 article from the Portland Business Journal
  7. ^ a b c d History from the company's website
  8. ^ a b Crystal ball forecasts McMenamins' future, a January 1997 article from the Portland Business Journal
  9. ^
  10. ^ McMenamins revamps Eugene's East 19th Street Café, an April 2007 article from the Portland Business Journal
  11. ^ Olympia's Spar Café to be sold, a September 12, 2006 article from the Puget Sound Business Journal
  12. ^ McMenamins opening new pub, headquarters, a November 22, 2006 article from the Portland Business Journal
  13. ^ The Suds Are Back: McMenamins Buy Up Former Silverado/Bathhouse Building, a July 11, 2008 Willamette Week blog entry
  14. ^ Coliseum may be nominated to join national register, a May 2009 article from the Daily Journal of Commerce

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