PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- A destination for Portland beer lovers and a shining gem of the Pearl District since 2004, Henry's (http://www.henrystavern.com) owes its legacy and name to the legendary Henry Weinhard and the Blitz-Weinhard brewery that it calls home.
While always recognized for its delicious food, Henry's has now gone local on the new restaurant menu, too. New offerings cast the spotlight on Painted Hills all-natural beef, Zenner's sausages, Tillamook cheeses, and breads and buns from Portland French Bakery. With over 100 beers on tap, Henry's is taking the food-and-beer pairing concept to a new level. Local brews are inventively used throughout the menu -- even dessert -- to create intriguing, beer-inspired dishes, for example:
Paquillo Peppers & Manchego Cheese Oven-Baked Flatbread ($12)
Wheat Ale & Barley Malt Widmer Hefeweizen dough, roasted tomato sauce, kalamata olives, fresh thyme
Cheese & Onion Stuffed Urban Burger ($13)
8-oz Painted Hills all-natural beef, smoked mozzarella, pepperoncini and Mac & Jack braised onion stuffed, ripe tomato, Tree Hugger Porter mustard, green leaf, brioche bun
Henry's Cheddar Beer Soup (Cup $4 / Bowl $6)
Made with Oregon's own Tillamook(R) Sharp Cheddar
Pork, Beef & Garlic Knockwurst ($8)
Applewood smoked bacon fennel kraut, Tree Hugger Porter mustard, artisan garlic dill Kirby pickles
Henry's Creme Brewlee Sampler ($6)
Widmer Hefeweizen vanilla ginger, Alameda Black Bear XX Stout chocolate, shortbread cookies.
View the complete menu: http://www.henrystavern.com/page/menu/43252
"Being in this grand old brewhouse, we feel like we are sharing the space with the ghosts of distinguished beers past. It's a physical connection that really defines who and what we are as a local business," says Executive Chef Jerome Duncan.
Henry's Tavern occupies what was originally the brewery's powerhouse, the one-time brewhouse is now the dining room and bar, and the kitchen was formerly the malt storage building. Visible from the courtyard, the iconic Weinhard Brewery smokestack stands sentinel over the mixed-use Brewery Blocks development, which combines dining, retail and residential.
While the last drop of beer was brewed on the premises more than 11 years ago, the tavern still sources the majority of its 100 beers on tap from local Portland breweries (http://www.henrystavern.com/page/menu/42083).
History of Henry Weinhard
In 1864, German-born entrepreneur Henry Weinhard purchased a brewery on the site of the current Henry's structure on 12th, and by late in the decade was exporting beer to lands as distant as China and Siberia. Weinhard became so successful that he volunteered to pipe beer directly to Portland's historic Skidmore Fountain (1888) to mark its dedication -- an offer that was politely but firmly declined by city leaders.
By 1890, the brewery was producing 100,000 barrels of beer annually, and further expansion became a necessity. Designed by Portland architecture firm Whidden & Lewis in a medieval Tuscan style, the striking brick structure seen today was completed in 1908.
In keeping with Portland's continued ranking as the "greenest" city in the nation, the restored and remodeled Henry Weinhard brewery complex is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified, and is also on the National Register of Historic Places.
Henry's 12th Street Tavern features over 100 beers and hard ciders on tap alongside expertly prepared dishes with innovative twists on traditional tavern food. The combination brings together an eclectic blend of beer inspired ingredients and flavors served up in one of Portland's most historical landmarks- the Blitz-Weinhard Brewery. Open for lunch and dinner, hours are Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Happy hour is Monday through Thursday 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close; Friday and Saturday 3 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close; all day Sunday. Henry's is located at 10 NW 12th Avenue, Portland, OR in the heart of the Pearl District.
SOURCE Henry's 12th Street Tavern