In July, Matt Johnson, Josiah Kelly and Larry Reading became the new owners of Bottles, the eclectic brewpub and bottle shop at 5015 N.E. Fremont St. in Beaumont Village that Brant Kunze opened in 2010. Johnson and Reading also own a barbecue business together called Pig Sauce Company and Kelly is the owner of Seven Brides Brewery in Silverton. The three partners had been exploring strategies for opening a barbecue and beer cart together, when Kelly learned through his beer network that Kunze might be open to selling the Bottles business.
“We hit the ground running and have been growing and improving ever since,” said Reading. “We just added to the concept that Brant started. We still have a great menu, ten beers on tap and feature more than 125 different beers in our coolers. We’ve expanded the menu with plenty of barbecue and other choices and have really good craft cocktails made from our house infused liquors. Matt and I have always had a passion for good food and joke that we are corporate refugees who are fortunate enough to be chasing our passion.”
“We have an amazing landlord and have had terrific support from all our business neighbors,” said Reading. “Chris Peterson at McPeets, our neighbors at All Weather, Matt Schumacher at Alameda Brewing, Andy Diaz at Blackbird and our friends at Green Dog Pet Supply have all been helpful and welcoming. The merchants on Fremont are a tight group and it’s an honor to be accepted among them.”
Bottles offers a pinball room with nine machines, shuffleboard, a Nintendo game console, plenty of screens for viewing sports and a covered, heated patio that’s open year-round.
“We would like our neighbors to know that we are building this space for them,” said Reading. “It’s a great place to meet up with friends or make some new ones. We have Miser Mondays with low-cost beer and food, Taco Tuesdays with a free poker night, on Wednesdays we turn the kitchen over to a vegan food pop-up and Thursdays are trivia nights. Weekends we do music and special dinner pairings with local breweries. We are also a gathering place for groups with a favorite sports team. If sports aren’t your thing, we have quiet spaces too. We offer a comfortable place for people to come and relax. It’s warm, inviting, low-key and our staff takes excellent care of everyone who walks through our doors.”
For more information, call 503-287-7022 or visit www.bottlesnw.com.