Category Archives: Vancouver WA

Heathen Brewing Feral Public House Opens in Vancouver

Local brews and creative cuisine – just what Vancouver needs more of so we don’t need to cross the bridge. Heathen Brewing opened its Feral Public House in July, 2015. Located at 1109 Washington St, Vancouver, Washington 98660, it’s an easy turn off of I-5 at Mill Plain or a great stop for lunch (open 11:30 daily), happy hour or dinner.

Feral Public House
Feral Public House

You can view the 28 taps in real time via Digital Pour.  They include Heathen’s wide variety of brews, local guest taps, and Coopers Hall wine taps. I decided to have a 5-sampler tasting pour spanning their three Belgian-inspired brews, Transcend IPA and Saison d’Ete. I was impressed by the Belgians. The samples are priced from $1.50 to $2 each.

Heathen Sampler
Heathen Sampler

The food is provided by Chef Matt Steele, formerly of Casa Naranja and a local culinary school graduate. While they have burgers and pizza, it is definitely an upscale turn on gastropub cuisine. I perused the menu and spotted just the salad I wanted for my current diet – the Feral Greens includes kale, shaved brussels sprouts and parsnip, cranberries and pumpkin seeds in a poppy seed dressing.

Feral Salad
Feral Salad

The salad was great but the beer was potent, so I ordered up the house-smoked Live and Let Die Wings – IPA BBQ variety. They were nice and smokey but would have benefited from a side of sauce. The ginger beer apple slaw they sat atop was creative and delicious.

Live and Let Die Wings
Live and Let Die Wings

I am looking forward to returning and enjoying their other salads,  Sweet as Duck yam fries, beer cheese soup, and dinner entrees.

Lunch Menu
Lunch Menu

They have a variety of seating, including outside tables, inside tables and bar. It is a large and comfortable place that can host a crowd, and business has been very brisk in the evening.

Feral Public House Seating
Feral Public House Seating

The restrooms were fun, labeled Feral Men and Feral Women. Inside, the sink faucet was a keg tap.

Feral Restroom
Feral Restroom

Open 11:30 am daily, closing time varies throughout the week.
They take reservations.

The Thirsty Sasquatch quenches Uptown Vancouver, WA

Uptown Vancouver, Washington has a new taproom and whiskey bar. The Thirsty Sasquatch opened April 13, 2015 at 2110 Main Street. They are completely focused on craft beer and spirits from the Northwest and West Coast.

The Thirsty Sasquatch - Taps
The Thirsty Sasquatch – Taps

The taproom has 26 taps pouring Northwest craft beer, wine, cider, kombucha and root beer. Their tap list is online and posted on a screen, complete with how much is remaining in the keg. We enjoyed the variety on the list, which includes Vancouver breweries such as Loowit and Ghost Runners and Bend offerings from Crux and Boneyard.

The Spirits menu offered pours from Northwest distilleries, and they offer a tasting flight of 0.75 oz. sample pours.

The Thirsty Sasquatch has no in-house food service, but they invite you to call their neighboring restaurants for food delivery to your table. The handy menus on the table on our visit were from Sabor Mexicano and Vancouver Pizza Company.

The Thirsty Sasquatch - Loowit and Breakside beer
The Thirsty Sasquatch – Loowit and Breakside beer

The decor is minimalist with wood paneling and custom wood benches and tables. A large mural covers one wall, and a small Sasquatch carving looks down on everyone from behind the counter. There are two booths that can seat six, 12 seats at the bar and several four-top tables with bench seating against the wall and metal chairs on the opposite side.

They will open a beer garden patio soon (the concrete still needs to be poured) for outdoor seating in back.

The Thirsty Sasquatch is for age 21 and over only, no underage patrons allowed. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. They are open 2 pm – 10 pm.

We enjoyed our afternoon quaff of beer. It is a a pleasant no-fuss place to enjoy craft brews and spirits amongst adults. It’s easy to access the location by either car or C-Tran.