Laurelwood Public House & Brewery has been serving up delicious beer for over 10 years and now they have opened a location in the Sellwood-Moreland area of SE Portland. According to owner Michael DeKalb they were interested in the area so when the former Moreland House space became available they moved on it. Located on SE Milwaukie just north of the intersection with Bybee the stability of neighboring businesses and the community feel of the area were among the factors influencing the decision.
After a six-week overhaul of the space double garage doors now grace the front allowing natural light to flood the interior. On warm days the rolled up doors offer a patio-like experience. Although the size of the restaurant is smaller than the NE Sandy location the high ceilings, light interior and a bold, bright mural that headlines the bar area make it feel more spacious than the view from the street implies. Laurelwood’s tradition of being family friendly is well suited for the heavily residential area and is evidenced by the corner play area and the stroller-negotiable spacing between tables.
The lunch and dinner menus offer familiar Laurelwood dishes and they’ve brought pizza back into the mix as well. Those stopping in for happy hour (3 – 6pm and 9pm – close daily) might order a Scotch egg to go with a beer chosen off the 12 tap chalkboard-style beer menu. The kitchen anticipates changing up the happy hour menu monthly, allowing them to highlight locally available ingredients.
Laurelwood’s presence in Sellwood-Moreland ups ante that includes Lompoc Oaks Bottom, Philadelphia’s and PDX U-Brew, for anyone looking for the quality craft beer Portland is known for.
This guest post is by Kris McDowell who blogs at Beer Musings.
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