Thank you all for the benefit of John Brown

This past Saturday many of my co-workers, friends, significant others and I attended a special event for an awesome cause at the Macadam’s Bar & Grill in Southwest Portland. The cause was a benefit for John Brown. In my regular life away from drinking and writing about micro beer, craft beer and related topics, I am a Child Protective Service investigator. A few months ago John Brown, a son of a supervisor in my unit, was inovlved in a horrible accident. In the aftermath, John the father of three lost a leg and was unable to work. Macadam’s Bar & Grill was gracious enough to allow a beneft to be held in their fine establishment even on the night when many college football conference championships were being held. Hence it was already going to be packed with sports fans. The event was a huge success attended by over one hundred people and raised $10,000 for John and his family. Thank you everyone!! I am very proud to be a part of a CPS family that comes together to help in essence our extended family. Not to mention that John also likes the Oregon Ducks like yours truly.

This was the first time I had been to the Macadam’s Bar & Grill sports bar. The staff were welcoming and one of the bartenders was wonderful. I beleive his name was Aaron. I know because I must of went up to the bar over a dozen times to order a favorite IPA: Terminal Gravity IPA. Between the silent auction and themed basket raffels my buddy and I consumed good beers from the bar’s big selection. I also had shots of excellent tequila which helped me loosen up to think I could karaoke like Richie Valens singing La Bamba. Huge fail, hehe. Besides the warm atmosphere, great service and healthy selection of adult beverages Macadam’s has a tasty menu including yummy appetizers which I thoroughly enjoyed. With that said I’d like to say thank you on behave of the event organizers to the exceptional Macadam’s Bar & Grill staff and its owners Tallie and Ryan Steele for allowing such a special event to take place in your bar. Cheers!

Macadam’s Bar & Grill
5833 SW Macadam Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97239
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About Juan J

Greetings from Portland, Oregon. My name is J. and I love to drink beer (I have the belly to prove it too!). I am the only West Coast blogger on this wonderful site. I am also by no means a pundit in the art of tasting and writing about good beer but just a regular dude who has grown to love craft and micro beer especially Oregon and West Coast beers and now I have the opportunity to blog about my likes and dislikes to anyone who wants to read my rants and raves. Portland is filled with good breweries and so is the rest of Oregon and the left coast. As I’ve grown older my taste preferences have also grown from boring and inexpensive domestics to tasty, calorie filled and 'spendy' micro adult beverages. I prefer India Pale Ales (IPAs) along with Amber Ales but any beer that makes my palate happy I'll bottoms up the son of a gun. Here’s one of my favorite quotes: “A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.” Cheers! 04/19/12

At the moment my favorite brews are/come from:

Hood River, Oregon's Full Sail Brewery (IPA)
Escondido, California's Stone Brewery (IPA)
Eugene, Oregon's Ninkasi Brewery (TG IPA)
Honorable mention:
Lahaina, Maui’s Maui Brewing Co. (Hi.P.Hay IPA)


  1. Tallie Steele says:

    Thanks, Juan, for the kind words. We were happy to help! It’s wonderful that so much money was raised to help John and us gaining a few new customers is a great bonus.

    Ryan and Tallie Steele

  2. Well said Juan. It was a great event. Another example of good people doing the right thing for people who matter to us. Macadam’s was great, the event would not have been such a success without their support.
    I think the only thing Juan forgot to mention is that after 12 IPA’s and a few shots he is unable to speak Spanish. Funny since that is his first language.

  3. Wow Juan what can I say. You are such a sweatheart and that tough exterior is starting to wear thin.

    I agree this would not have been such a successful event if it weren’t for the support of Macadam’s and all of the friends and family. I am blessed to know so many thoughtful people who really care about others.

  4. Stacey Keller says:

    You are a sweetheart Juan! I always knew that … and watching you forget your native language was priceless. Maybe we need to do karaoke more often?

    And yes, Mac’s is a pretty sweet place to watch sports and drink. It’s the best sports bar I’ve really ever experienced. Let’s go back sometime and drink more TG?

    Thanks Juan, for recognizing Mac’s and for coming out to support our ‘extended family’.

    • Thanks Stacey!, however Spanish is not my native language. I was just a little intoximicated that night and the words on the teleprompter, regardless of what language they were in, were moving to fast for me to read!! ha. TC

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