Dean Pottle @ Dean's Scene
At Dean's, beer takes on the grace of art. The man is a connoisseur; a craft brewer par excellence and collector of beer glasses and brewing paraphernalia. So dedicated is he to beer culture that he converted his basement into a speakeasy, a juice joint highlighted by Dean's personal recipes and rare crafts from around the world. No password is needed to enter into Dean's abode, just a personable demeanor, friendly attitude, and perhaps a few bucks for a donation. Warning! Dean's Scene is not for the faint of heart nor is it a place for frat boy machismo. Dean's microbrews are deceptively potent and will hit you like a freight train after one glass too many (Dean's Vaccine, I'm looking at you!). Dean's Scene is a taster's venue; a place for appreciating the art of brewing and the art of banter. The vibe is more Al Franken than Al Capone, but as the dark horse of Portland's bar scene, Dean's Scene puts them all to shame.