Mock Crest Tavern’s Back to School Lesson

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Forget the scholastic 3 R’s, go back to school with Mock Crest Tavern and you can study the 3 B’s—Burgers, Beers, and Blues!

At Mock, we believe that if you work hard and learn all you can you will achieve your dreams. That accomplishment is made even better when you apply it to the wealth of knowledge you’ll find when you study the 3 B’s inside our North Portland neighborhood bar.

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Burgers 101

Learn the intricacies of a great burger by taking a bite out of one of Mock’s many burger baskets. We’ve got a great selection of ten meaty choices and each focuses on a different taste—heat (our Jalapeno Swiss Burger or the Habanero Bacon Blue Burger), savory (the Mushroom Swiss Burger and the Blue’s Burger), healthy (the Topless Double and our two slider choices), and the traditional (our Cheese Burger, Bacon Cheeseburger).

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Advanced Beer Tasting

When you live in Beervana a base level of knowledge of beer varieties is expected. Bone up on the best of foreign, domestic, microbrews and craft beers by sampling the large selection our bartenders pour all day long. Our online leaderboard can help to plan your homework prior to stepping foot inside our Lombard Street bar, with up to the minute updates on what is being featured on our rotating taps.

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Introduction to the Blues

Get in your elective requirements three days a week when Mock’s “Carpet Stage” features the best local blues artists in Portland. Artists from the Cascade Blues Association are regularly featured throughout the week alongside musicians who come from across the globe to entertain us. Several bands have made Mock their home bar and return for regular gigs month after month. (Check out our calendar to see who’s playing this week.)

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Don’t sweat all your homework. Get ready for your “class” at Mock Crest Tavern and you’ll get an A+ on your 3 “Bs”—Burgers, Beer, and Blues!

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A Welcome to University of Portland Students from North Portland’s Premier Music Venue—Mock Crest Tavern

School books, schedules, mid-terms and finals—school is back in session at the University of Portland! Mock Crest Tavern would like to welcome the new and returning students (21+) who will soon be calling North Portland their home.

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School can get stressful and there are always times that call for a little respite away from the books. You can find that time out at Mock Crest Tavern. Our history as North Portland’s favorite neighborhood music venue stretches back over 70 years, with good food, good drinks, and great live music throughout the week.

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Our calendar is jam packed with live music throughout the week, with regulars and special guests from across the world taking Mock’s “Carpet Stage.” Portland blues masters from the Cascade Blues Associationmake our bar their home with monthly performances and bands, both national and international, often show up to entertain the crowd.

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Other events fill our calendarwith fun activities that continually bring in our friends from across Portland. Every week we host Quizzy Trivia and MAD Poker’s Texas Hold ‘em games, and on Tuesday you can show off your own musical talents during our weekly karaoke nights.

 

Our menuincludes delicious breakfast plates, burgers, sandwiches, and daily specials, and a full bar with Willamette Valley wines, top-shelf liquor, local craft and foreign and domestic beers, and the newest drink to hit the Portland bar scene; hard ciders. Check our online leader boardto find out what’s on tap today!

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Our cozy bar on Lombard Street is the perfect place for you to call home this semester. Join us throughout the week to relax, study, commiserate with friends, and blow off steam. We’ve got free WiFi and friendly service to help you make your time at the University of Portland memorable. Check out our Facebookand Twitterpages for updates on what’s going on today at Mock Crest Tavern!

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Introducing Mock’s “Stormy Daniels!”

There’s a storm a’brewin’ at Mock Crest Tavernand it’s threatening to be one we’ll remember for a long, long time.

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We’re paying homage to one of the biggest news events of the year with a cocktail that perfectly captures the delicate threat of the, now world-famous, Stormy Daniels. Our bartenders have gotten this pretty, little drink’s perfect measurements of Jack Daniels, sour mix, pineapple juice, Grand Gala and orange bitters. Kind of makes you want to strip down to your undies and party, doesn’t it?

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There’s a lot of new drinks ready to try right now and our bartenders have come up with some great names for these fun cocktails. There are summer themed drinks like Infinite Summer, Grapefruit Lemonade Crush, and Summer Breeze. For you aggressive drinkers we recommend Margarita Punch-You in the Face, Ice Pick, Suffering Bastard, or Aw For Fux Sake. Squeeze Box, Afternoon Delight and Raspberry Beret pick up on our music venue’s vibe, while the Sun’s Out-Fuck Trump is perfect for those that are sick and tired of crazy, non-stop news coming out of the White House over the last year and a half.

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Come into Mock Crest Tavern on these too hot days to see what our bartenders’ have come up with for their latest drink creations. They always make the most out of their seasonal drinks by playing on the themes of the day, the seasons, current events, or the inspirations from the happenings in our bar.

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The next time you’re craving a creative cocktailorder one up at North Portland’s favorite bar—Mock Crest Tavern!

A Cherry Bomb Has Landed on Mock Crest Tavern

Knob Creek Bourbon and Portland’s Bitter Housewife Bitters Company have come together to produce a Knob Creek Cherry Bitters. Mock Crest Tavern has added this delicious bourbon to our large collection of top-shelf liquor to usher in the upcoming Pacific Northwest cherry season!

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Manhattan

I stopped in after work recently for a Manhattan using Knob Creek Bourbon, sweet vermouth, Knob Creek Cherry Bitters, and a cherry dunked inside the glass for garnish. It was a strong drink that was perfect for the five o’clock cocktail hour.

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Old Fashion

Mock also uses this fruit-flavored liquor for other drinks. You can enjoy the taste of Knob Creek Bourbon and Knob Creek Cherry Bitters mixed with sugar to make an Old Fashion. It’s a standard among bourbon lovers and with the cherry you’ve got a new twist on a tried and true drink.

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Kentucky Mule

Add beer to the mix and you’ll have a delicious Kentucky Mule. Our bartenders start with Knob Creek Bourbon and Knob Creek Cherry Bitters, then with a touch of ginger beer, and a garnished of lime all served up in a frosty mug. Delicious!

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Whiskey Sour

One of my favorite drinks has just gotten even more dear to my heart. Mock’s Whiskey Sour with Knob Creek Bourbon, sour mix, Knob Creek Cherry Bitters with a cherry garnish is a sweet treat in a glass.

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Bringing the great taste of expertly crafted bourbon and cherry bitters together gives the Mock Crest Tavern bartenders the best ingredients for a great drink. Stop by our North Portland bar this evening for a cherry-inspired cocktail with Knob Creek Bourbon and The Bitter Housewife’s Cherry Bitters!

A Love Triangle for Valentines at Mock Crest Tavern

Love stories abound at Mock Crest Tavern!

Valentines Day is the perfect excuse for a special night out with the object of your affections, so Mock Crest Tavern has three days of great live bands and a menu full of delicious food and drink in North Portland.

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Castletown on Thursday, February 15

Start off the weekend with the swinging, soulful music of Castletown. Their musical passions emerge in intensely energetic arrangements that feature Katie Jane on the Irish fiddle. Original songs written by both Katie Jane and Robert Richter are enriched with the additional talents of Drew Anymouse on drums and percussion.

 

Castletown travels all over for concerts up and down the West Coast and we’re very lucky to have them as a Mock regular every third Thursday of the month.

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The savory taste of a Mock Blues Burger and a basket of tots provide a savory experience to go along with the unique musical backdrop of the night’s performance.

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Add a shot of Jameson Irish Whiskey and order up a cocktail for the night’s refreshment to toast your sweetie.

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Alexa Wiley and the Wilderness on Friday, February 16

Portland native Alexa Wiley expresses her love for her home state with a classic Americana songboook. Along with The Wilderness, Alexa performs every other month at Mock, and their music is the perfect sound for our all American menu.

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Order up a classic Bacon Cheeseburger and shoestring fries to go along with Alexa Wiley and the Wilderness’s red, white and blue music. It’s the unofficial taste of our great nation!

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Of course, a meal like that deserves a pull from our rotating taps. We always feature a great mix of foreign and domestic brews, craft beer and ciders for you to try.

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Johnnie Ward’s Sharkskin Revue on Saturday, February 17

Spice up Saturday night with a performance of Johnnie Ward’s Sharkskin Revue! Featuring Portland blues legend Lauren Sheehan, Johnnie Ward’s Sharkskin Revue plays a smoking hot combination of blues, swing and jazz, and is the perfect band to set the tone for an exciting romance.

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Sophisticated music requires a sophisticated meal, including a shared appetizer. Maybe a  Hummus Plate with your beloved.

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And, don’t forget to toast the night with a glass of Willamette Valley wine. We’ve got a great selection of wines from around the globe and, as the doctors always say, they are good for your heart, too!

Come to Mock Crest Tavern with your favorite music lover to celebrate Valentines Day and have a night to remember (a day, or two, or three days late)!

How to Pour (and drink) A Guinness the Irish Way

Again and again, Portland finds itself at the top of every list as the best city for beer drinkers anywhere in the world. We know beer because we love beer. But do we know the proper way to drink beer?

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On Jon and Rainer’s pub-crawl through Ireland last year, 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.”

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

The “Two Step Pour”

  • Use a Guinness drinking glass, with the Guinness logo.
  • Grip Guinness glass with fingers placed vertically along the side with your forefinger on the harp.
  • Tilt the glass 45 degrees under the tap letting the beer pour onto the harp.
  • Pull the tap handle all the way down, pouring onto the harp .
  • When the beer level reaches bottom of the harp, SLOWLY rotate the glass upright and “STOP at the top” of the harp.
  • 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.
  • Finish filling the glass with the glass held straight down under the tap.
  • 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.

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

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

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!

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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.

  • Elbow up to a horizontal position
  • Eyes to the horizon.
  • 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 Mock Crest Tavern in North Portland, where our bartenders will be happy to pour you a pint of Ireland’s favorite brew!

 

Got Spring Fever? Get Vaccinated with a “Shot of the Day” at Mock Crest Tavern

This beautiful weather is making us all sick with Spring Fever! Don’t worry, though, because Mock Crest Tavern has the perfect prescription for all your ills—and, no needles required—it’s Mock’s “Shot of the Day!”

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Sunday – Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Don’t forget your “start of the week” vaccination! Buffalo Trace Whiskey combines vanilla, mint and molasses to help guard against the Sunday night blues. This deep amber whiskey has a pleasantly sweet taste with notes of brown sugar and spice that finish with the flavors of oak, toffee, dark fruit and anise. 2016-05-015.jpg

Monday – Jameson Irish Whiskey

It’s Monday, so this might be the most important shot of the week. Cruise into the workweek with Jameson’s perfect balance of nuts, spice and vanilla. This whiskey is exceptionally smooth, with hints of sweet sherry and a light floral fragrance that ends with a hint of spicy pepper and mellow wood flavor.

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Tuesday – Makers Mark Kentucky

With smooth and subtle caramel, vanilla and fruity essences, and the aroma of oak, caramel, vanilla and wheat it’s a great incentive to get your work done early so you can reward yourself with this great drink. Maker’s Mark is a favorite among whiskey drinkers and we’re sure you’ll like it, too.

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Wednesday – Hornitos Tequila

Ah, tequila! The smooth taste of Hornitos tequila is a perfect escape on “hump day.” Made from 100% blue agave and a hint of citrus, its floral, fruity and herbal taste is warmed with medium body and a short, smooth and dry finish.

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Thursday – Pendleton Canadian Whiskey

You’re beginning to see light at the end of a long week and you might want to celebrate with a shot of whiskey that comes right out of the waters flowing down our own Mt. Hood. Pendleton® Whisky is an oak barrel-aged whisky that uses glacier-fed spring water from Hood River Distillers. Distilled in Canada using the finest ingredients, it presents an uncommonly smooth taste and rich, complex flavor.

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Friday – Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey

It’s time to get the party started! Cinnamon may greet your nose when you open the bottle but that sweet firebrand quickly turns into liquid hellfire as it passes over the lips and down the throat. Take a shot of this to get your blood pumping for the weekend!

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Saturday – Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey

Old Overholt has been in production since 1810 and is said to be America’s oldest continually maintained brand of whiskey. It’s a rye whiskey, aged for three years and bottled at 80 proof (40% alcohol by volume). This warm and spicy concoction is a great whiskey to help you relax on your day off.

Come into Mock Crest Tavern any day of the week and enjoy one of our “Shots of the Day!”