A Pint for Their Troubles

At a small Portland pub, you can help change the world by drinking tasty microbrews
by Staff, Utne Reader
July-August 2011
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It’s a fair guess that doing a good deed never had such a rich taste and crisp, satisfying finish.  

The Oregon Public House, a new nonprofit in the Portland neighborhood of Woodlawn, will serve up microbrews and food and donate the profits to local charities of the beer lovers’ choice.  

Reporting on the venture, Portland’s Neighborhood Notes (Oct. 12, 2010) says that Portland has more brewpubs and nonprofits per capita than any other U.S. city. “Why not connect these two strengths,” Public House organizer Ryan Saari asks the blog-driven news site, “and make it easy for people to support two passions at once?”  

The idea grew out of Saari’s church, the Oregon Community, which sought to launch a nonprofit business that would support other local nonprofits.  

“The brewpub idea stuck, for the simple fact that pub culture is family-friendly and community-oriented—a great environment in which to reach a broad spectrum of people and connect through the spirit of giving,” explains Neighborhood Notes.  

The church and pub are separate entities linked by a common mission. The pub, to be housed in a historic local building, will hold regular community nights and a yearly “change the world” week when nonprofits can raise awareness about what they do.

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steve eatenson
8/1/2011 11:49:27 AM
Just like "real men don't eat quiche," Richard E., real men don't hang out at micropubs. They have better things to do. Actually, prohibition did work. During the years of prohibition, alconsumption went way down and so did many of the social ills mentioned in my previous comment. The repeal of prohibition was a political carrot dangled before the immature masses who vote. Doubt this? Just look at the idiots that now run the government as a result of popular vote. The only positive to alcohol consumption is it reduces our population where self-regulation isn't practiced and advertisers persist in using sex to sell. Too many young people dring in bars and die on the highways. Older guys who haven't grown up drink in bars and buy viagra. What a deal.

Richard Eldridge
8/1/2011 10:13:51 AM
The cost of drinking is enormous. Were it not for the taxes the alcohol industry pays and the fierce lobby they pay for any sensible person would have instituted measures to reduce alcohol consumption long ago. Actually, they tried this long ago, it was called prohibition. It didn't work. I doubt that people who frequent micropubs are much more of a threat to society than people who do not drink at all.

steve eatenson
8/1/2011 8:38:23 AM
If Portland did not have more brew pubs per capita than any other city in the US, they probably wouldn't need more non-profits than any other city, per capita, in the US. Alcohol consumption causes or exacerbates nearly every social problem we have: crime, spouse abuse, unemployment, vehicle accidents, child abuse, HIV/AIDS and the spread of other sexually transmitted disease. The cost of drinking is enormous. Were it not for the taxes the alcohol industry pays and the fierce lobby they pay for any sensible person would have instituted measures to reduce alcohol consumption long ago. Roughly half of all prison inmates had been drinking when they commited the crime they were arrested for. Roughly half of all hospital admits are alcohol related. Let's get real people!

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