Sunday, June 2, 2013

Apex - It's ALL About the Beer

Lots of beer pouring in here.
Apex is probably hands down the best beer joint I've ever visited and it's become my go-to bar whenever I'm looking for a new or unique brew to add to my tasting collection. First and foremost, they have 50 rotating taps. 50, no lie. Not only do they have a huge number of beers on draft to choose from, they also have a cold case filled with rare and hard to find bottles. Apex is any beer geeks dream come true.

Apex does not serve food. They concentrate on the beer. However, there are a number of take-out options close by and the folks at Apex are cool if you bring some inside. I highly recommend Double Dragon directly across the street (use the crosswalk) for fantastically delicious sandwiches and snacks. Get the pork belly and foie gras banh mi. Seriously, you won't regret it. There is also a Mexican restaurant right next door.

The atmosphere at Apex is chill. The beertenders know everything about the beers they're serving, most of the time. With 50 taps, there's always going to be something to please every beer taste. Apex is also one of the only bars in town where you'll find the elusive Pliny the Elder on tap--for eight bucks a glass. Ouch. The outside patio is gigantic, with lots of big picnic tables and shady umbrellas. Lots of room inside, too. I've never had a problem getting a seat to plop my ample backside onto at Apex.

50 beers on that menu.
The decor has an obvious bicycling theme going on. If I still cycled, I imagine the big patio and ample space for bike lock-up would be a big plus. Of note, Apex only deals in cash, so be prepared with a fat bankroll when you visit. All of the money transactions are done with an old-timey cash register in back of the bar. Cha-ching! (For those of you too young to know, that's the sound a cash register makes.) Apex even has a few old school pinball machines and a small selection of fine cigars. Heck, what more could you want?

There's a nice mix of clientele at Apex and I've had some very interesting conversations with a number of friendly beer lovers from all over the country, just sitting there sipping my beer at the bar. There are no TV's to distract people from being social at Apex (good thing) and the music on the sound system is almost as eclectic as the beer on the tap list.

Apex is located at 1216 SE Division Street, Portland, Oregon 97202. Hours are 11:30 AM to 2:30 AM.

Parking is not so easy to find close to Apex, but you shouldn't be drinking and driving anyway. The place is super easy to get to by TriMet bus, as noted in my Beer by Bus write-ups. Both the 70 and the 4 will take you right there.


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