Tuesday, January 3, 2012
It points to an issue at that pub: the employees do not seem very happy. The service is rarely great but usually OK there, but sometimes it's really bad. Unhappy employees are unmotivated employees -- you know this yourself from whatever bad work experience you might have had in the past. Somewhere on the management side is something keeping these people gloomy. If the wheels were running smoothly, someone would have read me as a beer geek -- first question: "What's on cask?" -- and alerted me to the new beer.
Something else was odd yesterday. Looking up at the bar chalkboard, I ordered a pint of Ebeneezer -- the winter warmer -- but was told, "Oh, that's only in bottles". Reasonable enough, it's a seasonal release, they ran through the kegs, but some bottles remain. But the next bit of information was more surprising: "That, and Blue Heron. The brewers have been on vacation." Out of kegs of Blue Heron? It's no longer the flagship beer, but it has a following and its low alcohol makes it a great choice for a few pints watching a football game.
In case you missed it, the coffee porter Bridgeport released last year, Cafe Negro, is out of the lineup at least temporarily. No surprise, it was due to be replaced by Ebeneezer when that rolled out. A straight-up Bridgeport Porter -- the previous recipe, last seen a little over a year ago? -- is on tap right now. A cask version of Kingpin double red was on yesterday. It was darker than I remember it being, and a little smoother and richer than the non-cask version, but still not as malty as many of its local competitors.
Finally, if you've been to the "remodeled" Bridgeport location on Hawthorne, what do you think about it? I'm disappointed that it's no longer open for lunch, only dinner. And the changes to the interior were very minor. Was the whole thing just a tactical maneuver to be able to lay off all the staff -- some of whom I remember seeing there even before I moved to Portland eight years ago -- without calling it a layoff?