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Commercial Customer Spotlight: Coopers Hall

A shot of the interior of comercial customer Coopers Hall, courtesy Adam Rack of Coopers Hall.

Coopers Hall is about wine. Coopers Hall is about sustainability. Ergo, Coopers Hall is about the best ways to combine the two.

Like many hospitality spots that focus on sustainability, Coopers Hall has relationships with local farmers, bakers, and other sources. Beyond that, though, they focus on almost entirely on wine on tap. Kegs are more environmentally friendly than bottles, more easily reused, and the production cost of draft wine can be much lower than bottled wine, making wine more affordable for everyone. Coopers Hall also (usually) fills growlers from their taps, which means a single container can have many lifetimes.

This belief in allowing a bottle to be repeatedly refilled explains why the only bottles Coopers Hall uses are the Oregon BottleDrop Refillable bottles. This is a relatively recent addition to their winery, and they pay the $0.10 deposit on the bottle, not the purchaser (because wine is excluded from deposits). Customers who return the bottles get the deposit back, though. These choices are based in the idea that “recycle” is good but “reuse” is even better. These wine bottles are 500 mL and are sold in their online store and at a variety of shops around town.

Back Up. You Said Kegs?

Rosè wine in a wine glass under a tap system to illustrate kegged wine or draft wine.

Yes. Clearly, you’re thinking, “Never go in for a 500 mL bottle when KEGS are on the line!” Which, of course, is completely reasonable. And we can confirm that having wine on tap is fabulous. However, depending on the wine, it can require a bit more than just throwing a sixtel in your kegerator and hooking it up. What you need for draft wine depends on if you are looking to pour red, white, or rosè. Luckily, we have any supplies you might need and Coopers Hall is happy to give tips and advice for the particular wine(s) you want.

Coopers Hall During Covid-19

During the current weird times sitting down at Coopers Hall isn’t an option. So how to acquire their delicious food and beverage? Is food even an option?

Yes. Cooper’s Hall has maintained their aforementioned partnerships with local producers and is offering food. But with a twist. It’s butter or it’s produce or it’s a meal that’s yours to prepare. But not without guidance; they offer spices and recipes with their chef-curated CSA box. You’ll have to cook, but cooking with wine is a delight.

As for wine, you can buy a number of their wines in 500 mL bottle on their online site, and soon you’ll be able to order growler fills as well. They also offer a mystery wine box, called Joel Thinks You Should Drink This. An adaptation of one of the most interesting parts of their menu to the current times, this is three bottles of excellent wine from local producers without storefronts. For kegs email them (info@coopershall.com) for pricing and availability.

For more on Coopers Hall and any updates, please visit their site.

Details:

Coopers Hall Taproom

404 SE 6th Ave, Portland Oregon 97214

503-719-7000

info@coopershall.com

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Customer Profile: Perfect Pour

 

Helps Deliver Better Product and Reduce Beverage Costs

Here’s the next in our occasional series of profiles of customers who do business with the Draft Department of FH Steinbart.

Perfect Pour Services was born in 2008 in Portland, Oregon and now serves the entire Pacific Northwest. Perfect Pour provides a full range of draft system services including design, installation, maintenance, repair and tap cleaning. Perfect Pour helps make sure beverage systems at bars, restaurants, offices, homes and sports stadiums are set up and functioning as efficiently as possible, delivering a better product to customers and reducing beverage costs.

Perfect Pour owner James Ameeti says anyone serving beer should remember that clean is clean, and dirty is dirty. “If you don’t clean the entire system, including faucets, couplers, and hosing, your beer travels through a dirty system,” Ameeti says. The Brewer’s Association recommends cleaning every  two weeks. A lot of people hold off on cleaning. I compare cleaning schedule to cooking a pot of beans. just because you don’t eat the beans doesn’t mean that bacterias are not still growing.”

Some line cleaning companies will just “pot soak” beverage lines by letting soap sit in the lines. Perfect Pour technicians utilize pumps to circulate safe and effective chemicals that break down organic build-up in lines and equipment. Ameeti says this circulation technique is proven to be up to 80 times more effective than pot soaking.

Regarding choices made for beverage system components, Ameeti says, “Stainless will last a lifetime. Brass is guaranteed to fail. Start off right on a draft system and you’ll have many fewer problems in the future.”

Ameeti likes to do business with FH Steinbart because Steinbart is a local provider with roots in the community. “Having parts on hand locally means systems get back in use and repaired in the same day rather than waiting weeks for parts. With a team of professionals, answers are readily available and projects move forward,” he says. “With Steinbart’s access to a wide range of vendors, an assortment of options becomes available, while many online retailers stick to just a couple different providers of equipment and parts. Quality matters.”

https://www.perfectpourservices.com/