On Friday evening, my wife took me on a surprise date night. She had driven past the place and with our running Yeti jokes knew it was a place she needed to take me. So, imagine you’re leaving town and getting out into a more rural area and you come across a country store with a growler fill station. You’d expect the place to have 4 or 5 taps of a few major local brands right?
Welcome to Bigfoot Growlers. The L shaped bar takes up an entire corner of Nature’s Country Store in Damascus Oregon. Along with 33 beers, the taplist also includes 1 wine, 7 ciders and Crater Lake Root Beer. The staff behind the bar is great at recommendations and pouring samples. We were there when one of the kegs blew, and we got a sample of the new beer that replaced it just because we were sitting there. Turns out it was Half-Hitch IPA from Crux, which was incredible. They also aren’t afraid to experiment with things. My wife couldn’t decide between the Chocolate Shake Nitro stout or the Black Cherry Imperial Stout, and so they mixed it 50/50 which turned out to be pretty incredible.
Although it will likely change very often, the current taplist (link) includes:
14 taps from Oregon
8 taps from Washington
8 taps from California
1 tap from Utah (Uinta Brewing)
1 tap from Idaho (Woodland Empire)
1 tap from Missouri (Shock Top)
1 tap from Illinois (PBR)
1 tap from Texas (Shiner)
1 tap from Germany (Ayinger)
1 tap from Wisconsin (Leinenkugels)
1 tap from New York (Original Sin Cider)
They can take care of all your beer needs ranging from sampler trays, glasses, pints, howlers (32oz) and growlers (64oz). You should check them out!
We met the owner, and I regret that I can’t remember his name, but he’s a really nice guy and he interacts with his customers the same whether they are regulars or first timers like us.