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A Most Competent Thane

Friday, November 13th, 2009

vtweetLast night I finally got around to doing some footwork on the best beer in Salem project. I got off work, ran by the store, and then it was off to La Capitale to check out their beer selection. Upon arriving though I found out their bar closes at 9:30 on weeknights. I got a chance to talk with the bartender (can’t remember his name right now as last nights bar hopping washed it from my memory)  and discuss how he goes about choosing his taps. Overall the selection wasn’t Venti’s, but he does keep imports and some decent American beers on tap. In fact there was a saison that I wanted to try. Alas they were closed though so I figured it was time to start checking out other bars.

The next stop on my list was Browns Town where I was hoping to talk with whoever chooses their beers. On the way there though I passed Venti’s and figured I’d stop in for a pint before continuing. This was the undoing of my plan. Turns out Thane was bartending, and although we’ve met before I haven’t really had a chance to talk with him. I ordered a Russian River Damnation thinking this was going to be my one beer I had and Thane and I started chatting about beer. Next thing I knew it was last call and I’d added a pint of Collaborator Brown and Cascade Defroster to the pint of Damnation. Sadly I think drinking the Damnation first was a mistake. Damnation is a great beer and set the bar high for the other two, and despite their best efforts they failed to impress me.

Thane however did. It’s a rare thing to find a competent bartender (beer wise) in this state, let alone one who knows so much about beer. It was refreshing to talk with someone who shared some of my views on beer, brewers, and the like. He was also extremely helpful. We discussed what beers he could get in if he was so inclined, what beers he did have that were awaiting taps, and his selection process. However last call comes early on a Salem week night so I had to go.

By the time I left almost all bars in Salem were closing down, or closed. I’ve always thought Salems general last call of 11 is too early. Figuring the night was over I hopped on my bike and headed towards home. As I was passing  ƒ/stop though I saw their open sign was still in the window and cars were still in the parking lot. One thing I love about ƒ/stop is that as long as Kirks still hanging around the bars still open. Nothing like a good pint with good company to end the day and start the next.

ƒ/Stop Fitzgeralds

Friday, September 11th, 2009

from theweeklybrew (updated the hours)

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Picture pulled from their Facebook page

ƒ/Stop bills itself as Salem’s smallest pub, and they might be right. I’ve been hearing about it off and on, and even was sent an invite to their soft opening Wednesday. I ended up passing it up for pie with Rachel. I did manage to swing by there today though and chat with Kirk Kindle who runs ƒ/Stop. Kirk has a brilliant approach to the way he runs his pub, and I hope it works out for him. Really I do. The location could be better though. He’s set the pub up as a small community hang out for adults. The walls are covered with an eclectic mix of art and old odds and ends, and there’s room for about 25 people to comfortably gather. This endears me to it naturally, but add to that that my friend Kaylie is a bartender there, and really the reasons not to go dry up.

The first thing I thought when I walked in was oh crap it’s small. After a few minutes chatting though I felt at home. I could easily see myelf showing up with friends for a board game and a few beers, and that doesn’t seem to be off the mark of what Kirk has envisioned. We talked about the things people do there. Kirk mentioned that Salem Beer and Blog group comes around for their meetings and hangs out. Also he mentioned something about a guy possibly doing some Monty Python showings with some friends. Really, it seems to be more about the comraderie then the booze. Kirk does have some booze though. He serves up a rotating selection of Oregon beer and wines. Most of the beers are bottled, but he does have a kegerator with two taps on it. Eventually he plans on having more taps, but for now two is it. Looking around though two feels like enough. It may not have the selection of Venti’s, but I like it still.

There’s alot more to say about the place. Most of it was built or installed by Kirk himself, and he seems like a guy I can respect. Also draught beer is served in imperial pints, rare for Salem. Really though your better off checking it out yourself. Just don’t expect a five star dining experience. ƒ/Stop doesn’t even serve food, they do have snacks though. They are currently open Thursday through Saturday, 4-12. I’m going to send a link of this article to Kirk though so he can correct me if I’m wrong.

If you want more info on ƒ/Stop then check out their Facebook page.