While Portland was getting socked in by snow in January, "Iron Tap Station" was bravely opening its doors at 4774 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, on the retail level of the Brooklyn Yard Apartments, just north of the McLoughlin Boulevard overcrossing.
Of their new business, owners Steven Hyun and Sonny Gruginski assert, "We're committed to finding the most delicious Pacific NW beers for our patrons, and we believe we have the tastiest and most unique selection of beers anywhere. We offer 24 rotating craft beers on tap, as well as bottled beer and wines."
Hyun continues, "Sonny, who orders the beers, likes to find lesser-known breweries for us to focus on. You'll see a lot of beers featured here that you wouldn't see elsewhere. Our Facebook page lists our latest updates and specials."
"We want to be part of the neighborhood and have a place in the community," remarks Hyun. "Since we only offer snacks of peanuts, pretzels, chips, salsa, and hummus, we encourage people to bring food in with them, or have outside food delivered here."
The Viking trademark on the new business is meant to indicate toughness and ruggedness, although customers tell THE BEE that it's a mellow place to meet up with friends.
The 900-square-foot tap room seats about 31 at the bar and around the tables, in a cozy atmosphere considered "industrial chic". Hours are Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, noon till 10 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. Call 503/719-6397 for information, or stop in to check out their list of brews.