Well, this was destined to happen. They opened a place called the Thirsty Sasquatch and I had to go there and see what it was all about. The Thirsty Sasquatch opened a couple of weeks ago North of the river in Vancouver. Vancouver is starting to be influenced by Portland, especially in the areas of microbrewing and microdistilling, but still has a feel of it’s own. The ‘Squatch is a taproom and taproom only. They serve beer and hard liquor with a focus on whiskey. They don’t serve food, but they encourage patrons to BYO and also have menus to a few local places that will deliver, including a Mexican restaurant that’s right next door.
Inside, it’s a little bit smaller than I was expecting, just a handful of tables, and it was mobbed when we showed up (not that that’s a bad thing). We managed to snag a spot at the bar which was fashioned from a slab off a log with knots and stumps and all. We both ordered a beer flight to try several things. They offer pints, smaller pours, and the flight samples of the beers and full shots (1.75oz) and a “flight” taste (0.75oz) of the whiskeys. The beer flight was four samples, and the whiskey flights according to the menu are “usually” four, but you can mix and match as you like, including just getting one, which we did. You can find the taplist here. Nearly all the beers are from Oregon or Washington, with a couple currently from Epic in Utah and a couple from AleSmith and Alpine Beer in San Diego, CA. The list changes often so be sure to check before you go.
The staff behind the bar is very friendly, with lots of suggestions including pairing of some of the beers and whiskeys. We got a small pour of beer and a half pour of one of the whiskeys to give it a try and they paired together quite well.
Overall, it was a good experience and probably somewhere we’ll return to. One of the newest taprooms in the area and it seems to be doing really well so far.