By Karen Livingston, for The Columbian
June 19, 2015 6 a.m.
McMenamins is an Oregon and Washington exclusive. Established by Mike and Brian McMenamin more than 20 years ago, the restaurants offer not only dining and some of the best microbrews in the world, but also hotel, theater and concert venues. It is one of those places to take out-of-town guests that will give them a feel for the spirit of this region. Colorful reinvention, hometown brews, tasty food, ethereal imagination and historic appreciation — its all wrapped into the McMenamins experience. The McMenamins pub I visited is in East Vancouver.