Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Brick & Pete's Place

Two more of Salem's great historic downtown buildings feature bars. The Gray Building, built in 1891, features The Brick.

Even more venerable J.K. Gill Building, built in 1868, and one of the very oldest buildings still standing in dowtown Salem, has Pete's Place. J.K. Gill was an important stationer and bookseller. First Presbyterian church was organized there in 1869.

The two bars, alas, are of no real interest to beer fans. Both have a pretty pedestrian set of handles, dominated by macrobrews and flagship craft beers in widespread distribution like Mirror Pond, Full Sail Amber, and Widmer Hefe.

The most interesting tap at The Brick was Believer, and at Pete's Pyramid Snow Cap Ale. It looked like each had one handle for a "special."

We'll check in periodically, but will not update the handles on a regular basis.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the tip on J.K. Gill. I knew it was a Northwest chain, but I never knew I had been riding by the very first store for years—or that the chain was that venerable.