Altabira City Tavern: Fall Beer Dinners

Have you heard of Altabira? I hadn'tuntil I attended a a Media Dinner in June at Altabira City Tavern. Located in the Lloyd District atop the Eastlund Building, Altabira is on the MAX line and is a short walk from the Moda Center and the Oregon Convention Center. Altabira boasts beautiful views, a huge outdoor patio, as well as plenty of indoor seating. 

First, let's talk beer...  Altabira has 16 taps (14 beers and two ciders). The selection does not rotate frequently, but features a solid lineup of mostly Oregon breweries. If beer's not your thing, they also feature a full bar with wine and specialty cocktails.

Chef Luis Escorcia

While I'm all about the beer, Altabira's food is what truly impressed me. Chef Luis Escorcia prepared a diverse and expansive beer pairing menu for us. Chef Escorcia describes his food as "playful" and endeavors to "make it beautiful, and taste even better." After tasting the food, I must say—mission accomplished.

Rather than describe the food, I'll let my pictures do the talking.  If you think this food looks good, you should consider attending one of Altabira's fall beer dinners featuring The Commons, pFriem Family Brewers, and Worthy Brewing.  Details are at the end of the post.  

Now, back to dinner...

First Course, paired with The Commons Brewery Urban Farmhouse Ale

Fresh Baked Pretzel w/ Pimento Cheese & Beer Mustard

Grilled Levain Bread w/ Urban Farmhouse Mussels

Second Course paired with Ecliptic Brewing Zenith Grapefuit Gose 

Fava Bean and Strawberry Salad w/ Pea Tendrils, Pecorino, & Lemon Vinaigrette

Salmon Pastrami w/ Poached Asparagus Salad and Crème Fraiche Sauce Grabiche

Third Course paired with pFriem Family Brewers Pilsner 

Pork and Lemongrass Skewers w/ Pickled Papaya Salad and Crispy Shallots

House Made Charcuterie: Truffle Head Cheese, Country Pate & Chicken Liver Mousse

Fourth Course paired with Double Mountain Dry-Hopped Pale Ale

Roasted Wild Salmon w/ Braised Baby Artichokes, Morel Mushrooms, Lemon & Herbs

Baked Macaroni & Cheese w/ Peas, Wild Mushrooms, Leeks & Herb Breadcrumbs

Closing with an impromptu dessert course...

As you can see, it was an incredible dinner!  If you're looking for a scenic place to enjoy a beer, accompanied by elevated food, consider making a trip to Altabira!

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Save the Date for Autumnal Dinners Paired with Some of Oregon’s Best Craft Brewers

PORTLAND, Ore. August 1, 2016 – Living up to its reputation as one of Portland's most popular beer-centric restaurants, Altabira has announced dates for its fall beer dinners.  Reservations are now open for monthly dinners in collaboration with craft brewers from around the state.  Guests will enjoy a 4-course gastropub-style menu prepared by chef de cuisine Luis Escorcia, paired with craft beers from the featured brewery.  Dates are:

Wednesday, September 28th - Commons Brewery
Wednesday, October 19th - Pfriem Brewery
Wednesday, November 9th - Worthy Brewery

Each dinner will follow the same format:

Reception at 6:30 PM
4-course dinner 7:00-9:00 PM
20 seats available
$75 per person, drinks, food and gratuity included

Reservations may be made by calling the restaurant at (503) 963-3600.

Altabira City Tavern offers regional American cuisine focused on updated classic dishes with
16 taps of local craft beers, select Northwest wines, and locally distilled spirits. The restaurant and bar is open for lunch and dinner in a modern setting with large floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of Portland’s downtown skyline and inner eastside. For more information and menu, please visit

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