Type Private
Industry Hospitality, Microbrewery
Founded 1983
Headquarters Portland, Oregon, USA
Number of locations 57 (as of June 2009)[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, Distilled spirits, Coffee
Revenue $26.9 million (estimated as of 2007[3])
Owner(s) Mike and Brian McMenamin (founders and majority owners[4])
Employees 1,400 (as of 2007[3])

McMenamins is a chain of nearly sixty brewpubs,[5] microbreweries, music venues, historic hotels, and theater pubs. The chain is located mostly in the Portland metropolitan area, but has many other locations in Oregon and Washington. 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 (30 ha)-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]


McMenamins in Corvallis.
There's more brewpubs in Portland than any other city in the country, and it's because McMenamins made it a mainstream concept. They created their own beer culture.

—Bill Owens, publisher of American Brewer magazine, quoted in May 1998[4]

There are fifty-seven McMenamins locations as of June 2009; some of the locations feature multiple venues:[1]

  1. Cornelius Pass Roadhouse (includes Imbrie Hall)
  2. Edgefield (includes Black Rabbit Restaurant)
  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. Power Station Pub & Theater
  17. Raleigh Hills Pub
  18. Riverwood Pub
  19. Rock Creek Tavern
  20. St. Johns Theater & Pub
  21. Bagdad Theatre & Pub (includes the Back Stage Bar)
  22. Barley Mill Pub
  23. Blue Moon Tavern & Grill
  24. Crystal Ballroom
  25. Greater Trumps
  26. Kennedy School (includes Courtyard Restaurant)
  27. Market Street Pub
  28. McMenamins on Broadway
  29. Mission Theatre & Pub
  30. Ringlers Annex
  31. Ringlers Pub
  32. McMenamins Tavern & Pool
  33. The Rams Head
  34. White Eagle Saloon
  35. Boon's Treasury
  36. East 19th Street Café (near the University of Oregon[9])
  37. High Street Brewery & Café
  38. Hotel Oregon
  39. Lighthouse Brewpub (in Lincoln City)
  40. McMenamins Corvallis
  41. North Bank
  42. Roseburg Station Pub & Brewery
  43. Grand Lodge (includes Ironwork Grill)
  44. Thompson Brewery & Public House
  45. Yardhouse Pub at Grand Lodge
  46. Dad Watsons
  47. McMenamins East Vancouver
  48. McMenamins Mill Creek
  49. McMenamins on the Columbia
  50. McMenamins Queen Anne
  51. Olympic Club Hotel (includes Olympic Club Pub)
  52. Six Arms
  53. Old St. Francis School (includes Fireside Bar, O'Kanes, and Old St. Francis Pub)
  54. Chapel Pub
  55. McMenamins on Monroe
  56. McMenamins Spar Café
  57. McMenamins Sand Trap

Notable locations

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) that also serves as the company's headquarters.[11]

As of May 2009, McMenamins is in the process of renovating The Hotel Alma in downtown Portland, a former hotel, bathhouse and nightclub,[12] into what the company hopes will become another property on the National Register of Historic Places[13]


  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 2009-06-12. 
  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. ^ McMenamins revamps Eugene's East 19th Street Café, an April 2007 article from the Portland Business Journal
  10. ^ Olympia's Spar Café to be sold, a September 12, 2006 article from the Puget Sound Business Journal
  11. ^ McMenamins opening new pub, headquarters, a November 22, 2006 article from the Portland Business Journal
  12. ^ The Suds Are Back: McMenamins Buy Up Former Silverado/Bathhouse Building, a July 11, 2008 Willamette Week blog entry
  13. ^ Coliseum may be nominated to join national register, a May 2009 article from the Daily Journal of Commerce

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