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.
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.
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.
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.
I am looking forward to returning and enjoying their other salads, Sweet as Duck yam fries, beer cheese soup, and dinner entrees.
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.
The restrooms were fun, labeled Feral Men and Feral Women. Inside, the sink faucet was a keg tap.
Open 11:30 am daily, closing time varies throughout the week.
They take reservations.