Bring Out Your Irish at Yukon Tavern’s Irish Sunday!

One day a year is not enough to celebrate the home of one of our favorite beers. That’s why the Yukon Tavernis bringing back St. Patrick’s this Sunday for another round of celebrating all things Irish!

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We love the food, the music, the whiskey and, especially, the beer, so we’ve put together an event that features all the best things the Emerald Isle offers for our party, starting with ever-flowing Guinness!

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The Beer of Ireland

Ah, Guinness! The golden nectar of the greenest country on the planet. This Irish dry stout comes to us straight from Dublin and is one of the most beloved beers in the world. Its distinctive burnt flavor is derived from the combination of malted barley and roasted unmalted, or “green” barley. Its thick, creamy head is created by the nitrogen and carbon dioxide released at the pour. It’s truly the pot of gold found at the end of a rainbow.

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The Whiskey of Ireland

Irish Whiskey will represent the cocktail at our party. We have fourteen top-shelf brands to choose from, including Jameson Irish Whiskey. It is created from a blend of grain and single pot still whiskey using locally farmed malted and unmalted barley harvested within a fifty-mile radius around the County Cork-based distillery.–literally the taste of Ireland in a glass!

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The Yukon will be hosting an Irish Whiskey Tasting during our Irish Sunday, with 13 different varieties ready for you to evaluate. So, come in and find your favorite variety!

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The Food of Ireland

Now that your taste buds are sufficiently lubricated you’ll want to follow that up with a hearty Irish meal. You’ll find bangers with Yukon Gold mash, Salisbury steak and Poutine (ok, poutine isn’t exactly Irish, but there are a lot of Irish descendants in Canada) on the menu this Sunday, so come hungry and fill up with a heaping helping of Ireland’s legendary flavors.

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The Music of Ireland

Local Portland band Na Rósai will be performing traditional Irish musicfor the crowd, with Erik Killops on fiddle, Richie Rosencrans on bouzouki, tenor guitar and vocals, Preston Howard on uilleann pipes, whistles, and mouth harp, and Conor O’Bryan on flutes, whistles, and shakers. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported across the Atlantic on a song.



Take It To Go In A Yukon Tavern Growler

We know you love our 19 taps.

We see the longing in your eyes when you call it a night and head home from our Southeast Portland bar.

We’ve heard your cry for more delicious beer and now we’ve found the perfect way for you to take your favorite brew with you when you leave the Yukon Tavern!

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Our new Yukon Tavern Growler is the perfect carrying case for your favorite fresh-from-the-tap beer. We have a great variety of nineteen beers and ciders every day on our rotating taps, so you’ll always be sure to find just the right one to take with you. Lagers, ales, bitters and stouts—whatever style of beer you prefer, our bartenders will find one that can be the perfect complement to any of your next adventures.


Soon we’ll be seeing those beautiful days of summer returning to Portland and there’s no better way to experience any of your favorite activities than by enjoying a cold, refreshing beer with friends and family in the great outdoors. Our 64-ounce little brown jug is an amber bottle equipped with a screw-on cap to ensure that your beer maintains its freshness for days on end whether you’re heading out to camp or just working around the house.


Stop by the historic Yukon Tavern on Milwaukee Avenue in Sellwood to purchase our latest addition; the Yukon Tavern Growler! Pick out your favorite beer and we will pull the tap until the entire bottle is filled with the tasty brew you love best.

Two Happy Hours at the Yukon Tavern in Southeast Portland!

At the Yukon Tavern we love Happy Hour. In fact, we love Happy Hour so much we have two every single day of the week from 3-7:30pm and 10pm to close!


Happy Hour makes us happy. It’s the witching hour at a bar, when people stop in after a long day and order up their favorite beer, cider, wine or cocktail and one of the delicious treats from our Happy Hour menu.

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During our two Happy Hours we not only have food at discounted prices—we have drinks at amazing prices, too, like Canada’s Labatt Draft, Domestic Drafts and Micro Drafts for under a dollar! If that doesn’t put a smile on your face, nothing will.


Our kitchen staff is ready to turn any frown upside down with hot and tasty meal baskets from our Happy Hour menu. Grab a Hebrew National Hot Dog for $2 and add a basket of our famous Yukon Gold Fries for $3 to go with it. Or, how about giving our Fried Shrimp ($6) and Jalepeno Poppers ($4) a try? Our Happy Hour menu is sure to satisfy.


The Yukon Tavern is committed to being Sellwood-Moreland’s favorite neighborhood bar, and hosting two Happy Hours for our customers is our proof of that promise.


The next time you are looking to get happy plan to stop in at the Yukon Tavern on SE Milwaukee Avenue during our two Happy Hours (3-7:30pm and 10pm to close) and let us put a smile on your face with our Happy Hour food and drink menu!


The Yukon Tavern’s Latest Addition to the Leader Board: Ablis Lemon Ginger

All the good news about the health benefits of wine, beer and cider only serves to fuel our love for the great drinks we serve at the Yukon Tavern. And now I’ve heard rumors of a great new drink, found in only a few locations around the city, has been added to their rotating taps! You know I had to give it a try.


Ablis’s Lemon Ginger is one of the new CBD drinks that have come onto the emerging cannabis edibles market and, just like other products, it claims to have many health boosting qualities due to the addition of active cannabidiol to its list of ingredients.


A little bit about Cannabidiol (CBD). As one of the 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis, it is a major phytocannabinoid, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. While not formally adopting the claim of the health benefits found in cannabidiol, the Lemon Ginger drink offered by Abliss in their “Thrive” product line is a light and refreshing drink that doesn’t weigh you down like other brews we offer. Perfect for summer!


Its fresh taste comes through lack of fancy finishing touches you might find in a more processed drink, and Ablis doesn’t add fancy finishing touches, like carbonation, to their Lemon Ginger drink. They keep it simple with organic lemon juice, organic ginger and organic cane sugar.


While, the brewers of Abiss’s Lemon Ginger make no claims to the rumored health benefits found in CBD, research appears do indicate that it offers many health benefits, without the intoxicating effects typically caused by tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.  When I tried a glass I experienced no effects beyond the surprising and pleasantly satisfying taste of a great drink.


In the end, I would recommend Ablis’s Lemon Ginger for anyone who is looking for an alternative drink that’s perfect for warm weather. And, while they don’t specifically endorse it as a “health” drink, it does leave you feeling refreshed and doesn’t weigh you down like some other drinks can.

Stop by the Yukon Tavern today to try the latest drink added to our online leaderboard, Ablis Lemon Ginger!


Atlas Cider Rules at the Yukon Tavern

Tavern aficionados from across Portland come to the Yukon Tavern every day to enjoy their favorite drinks. Whether it be Willamette Valley wines, the top shelf liquor, or the domestic, foreign, and locally brewed craft beers, you know the Yukon will serve you up a glass of the best drinks you’ll find in SE Portland. But now there’s a newcomer that’s arrived on our taps’ line, and it’s quickly winning the hearts of the Yukon crowd.

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Atlas POM-Cherry Cider marries two great fruits into a unique cider union. Pomegranates, the age-old jewel of fruits, bring a tart flavor and beautiful flavor that people have been enjoying since man first walked the Earth, and cherries, my favorite fruit, brings sweet notes that balance that tartness, making Atlas’s POM-Cherry a cider that is not too tart, not too sweet, but is just right for a drink you can enjoy when you are with your friends.

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Hard cider has an interesting history. The earliest record of fermenting apples goes back to 55 BC when the Romans invaded Kent, England and found villagers drinking an alcoholic drink made from apples. Between the 13th to the 17th, the people of Europe considered cider safer than water and received quarter of their wages paid in cider. When America was colonized the English brought their love of cider with them, becoming the favorite drink of our founding fathers and the original patriots.

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So if your love of cider has grown with each visit to the Yukon Tavern you can take comfort that the great men of America’s birth shared the same love you do. And as Benjamin Franklin said, “It’s indeed bad to eat apples, its better to turn them all into cider.”

How to Drink A Guinness the Irish Way

Again and again, Portland finds itself at the top of every list for the best beer city anywhere in the world. We know beer because we love beer. But do we know the proper way to drink beer? On Jon and Rainer’s recent pub-crawling trip through Ireland, they were schooled on the proper way to pour and drink a Guinness and now they want to share their education with Portland’s beer aficionados. Because, as one Irish bartender told them, “Great bartenders know how to craft a perfect pint.”

Here are the finer points of pouring the perfect pint of Guinness:

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The “Two Step Pour”

  1. Use a Guinness drinking glass, with the Guinness logo.
  2. Grip Guinness glass with fingers placed vertically along the side with your forefinger on the harp.
  3. Tilt the glass 45 degrees under the tap letting the beer pour onto the harp.
  4. Pull the tap handle all the way down, pouring onto the harp .
  5. When the beer level reaches bottom of the harp, SLOWLY rotate the glass upright and “STOP at the top” of the harp.
  6. Set on bar for viewing and wait 2 minutes, or when the liquid part of the drink reaches the bottom of the harp and the foam is settled on the top.
  7. Finish filling the glass with the glass held straight down under the tap.
  8. Pour to the very top to create a head that is 3mm above glass and 18mm below to create “provide of the rim,” or the beautiful presentation of a traditional pint of Guinness.


The “One Step Pour” for Guinness in the can.

  1. Place the can on a level surface.
  2. Open the can and allow it to sit for five to ten seconds.
  3. Tilt the glass 45 degrees, and pour onto the harp.
  4. When the level reaches the bottom of the harp, level the glass vertically and finish the pour to create the famous Guinness head.

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Note: Don’t be surprised when you pop open a can of Guinness and hear a rattling sound inside. All Guinness cans come with a patented “widget” ball. It’s a little plastic ball that provides movement inside the can to create the optimal head on their thick and creamy stout. Those Guinness brewers think of everything!

And most importantly: How to Drink a Guinness, according to the Guinness master brewer.

Guinness drinkers stand proud! You’ve earned your space at the bar.

  1. Elbow up to a horizontal position
  2. Eyes to the horizon.
  3. Tilt the glass head and enjoy the flavor of the beer. The head should be same size from the first sip to the last.

If you want to practice your skills at drinking Guinness the traditional way visit us at the Yukon Tavern in the Southeast Portland district, Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood. Jon and Rainer have just purchased brand new Guinness glasses, so we’ll be ready for you when you want to study the finer points of Guinness drinking!

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Rotating Taps Serve Up the Best Beers at the Yukon Tavern

Listen close, beer lovers, because at the Yukon Tavern when you hear the whispy sound of a freshly tapped keg you’ll know that one of our many great tasting beers has just been added to our line up of rotating taps.


The Yukon always features the Pacific Northwest’s best craft beers and seasonal drafts alongside the tried and true foreign and domestic brews that everyone knows. With eighteen varieties flowing from our freshly tapped kegs, we’re sure to have one or more of your favorites ready for you when you come through our door.

Guinness Stout, Hefeweizen, Lagunitas IPA, 3 Sisters Red, PBR, and Coors Light were just a few of my favorites on tap the last time I stopped in at the bar. And, now the Yukon even features some of the up and coming hard ciders that have become Portland favorites, like Cinnamon Pear Cider.

Yukon Tavern1Stop in at the Yukon Tavern tonight and try all the beers on tap to enjoy your all-time favorite, or give a few new ones a try. For an automatically updated list of the beers being featured on our rotating taps go online to the Yukon Tavern website to find out what beers are currently available on our rotating taps.

Or, if you just can’t wait to taste the frothy goodness of a freshly tapped beer, just head straight to the Yukon and look for the list posted on the wall behind the bar. It’s also automatically updated so you’ll always know what your choices are every time you visit us at the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood’s favorite bar; the Yukon Tavern!