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Portland’s Most Progressive Beer Program is in a Men’s Store? Maybe it Is.

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If a new craft beer catches fire at one bar, the odds that it’ll catch fire at another are pretty good.

Which is great for good new beers, but after a while, those good new beers become so ubiquitous that they often end up tying up the taps that gave them a first shot in the first place.

So it’s sorta weird to say that what just may be this city’s most progressive draft beer program isn’t happening in some well-loved public house, but rather in the fitting room of a men’s consignment shop at the north end of NW 23rd Avenue’s holistic district.

Lance Miller and Max and Ian Andreae’s Threads Count is a good place to get a nice, gently used (and sometimes brand new and never worn) shirts or a pair of boots, but it's the intangibles that keep you coming back. The fellas are friendly, they’ll remember you by name even if you haven’t seen them in months, they can pretty accurately gauge your inseam or your shoe size by giving you a quick once-over, and, of course, they’ll pour you a beer for you to sip while you shop. A good one.

For some time now, their fitting room Kegerator’s kept cold a rotating roster of not-so-easy to find craft draft suds—from Burnside Brewing’s Sweet Heat and Oakshire’s Espresso Stout to Buckman Botannical’s nano-brewed Pumpkin Kölsch and a long list of Lompoc-, 10 Barrel- and HUB-brewed beers.

And there’s nothing like a beer in one’s hand to make shopping—especially for the churls who loathe shopping—i.e.: men—go down easier.

As for the duds, you never know what’s gonna turn up, but all kinds of things flow in as fast as they fly out—from Hermès overcoats and vintage Elvis ties to slick, stylish Italian leather boots.

But the real reason you need to hit this place up is the suit you’re about to help Miller and the Andraes design.

Lance, Ian and Max will walk you through what’s in style and what’ll stay in style while helping you choose the fabric, buttons, lining and piping for the one-of-a-kind sumisura suit that they’re gonna measure especially for you. 

Now it takes a couple of weeks for their people to stitch it together—as many as six of ‘em—and it’ll cost you some scratch (anywhere from about $750–$1250), but it’s an investment in your future.

And it’s something you owe to yourself.

And it’ll always come with a cold mug of quality beer.

Threads Count, 1536 NW 23rd Ave., 503.224.0506