Having an old friend make a change can be a boon to your relationship, whether it's dumping that chick you hated, or giving you an even better couch in Central Perk, though technically Gunther wasn't that old, or even part of the main crew. Changing into your BFF, the new Fire On The Mountain.
Setting up in massive digs on NE Fremont, the beloved local hot wing masters have realized their ultimate Fire, outfitting the wood-heavy confines with glass mosaic chandeliers, massive metal works (including a giant mandolin made of scrap), tons of group-friendly booths, and, most importantly, a full bar, a new pizza menu, and a microbrewery mandated to "make beer to wash some wings down", though Linda McCartney preferred showering with water. Schemed up by a 7yr brewing vet making his first Fire mash this week in the glassed-in brewery behind the bar, beers will be a mix of straight-ahead ales like a 6% Golden Rye session brew, a dry-hopped IPA that "leans towards the aggressive", and eventually a 9% Baltic Porter, a style which is "popular in Poland", although not as much so as lightbulb-screwing-in classes. (Hey, they're getting there!). They've also developed a menu of hand-tossed 'za like Dr. Coznell's Spicy Peanut Pie w/ a hot peanut sauce, mozz, red onions & chopped peanuts, and the El Jefe featuring marinara mixed w/ their insanely spicy sauce, blue cheese & jalapeno, which can be washed down with the first-ever FOTM full bar featuring cocktails like the El Jefe bloody mary, created with "house-made sauce, house-crafted secrets" which sounds strong enough for a man.
While the beer isn't expected to drop until Thanksgiving, you can curb your sudsy desires with 10 current taps that include Upright's hopped saison and Oakshire's Angry Gnome, which's exactly what the gang called Gunther when he asked Rachel for time off and she didn't give it to him, even though he was her boss, and not really part of the crew.
Published: November 10, 2011 at 4:00am EST
3443 NE 57th
Portland, OR 97211
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