Slice of the Midwest
Derived from the owner’s name and the Spanish word for beer, Saraveza Bottle Shop & Pasty Tavern is a place to celebrate craft beer, eat well and enjoy friends and strangers alike. We’re a North Portland watering hole and craft beer convenience store w/ 250+ bottles and 9 rotating taps. Whether you’re new to the brew scene and need some guidance or an old pro just looking for something rare, Saraveza’s beertenders will find a flavor that works for you.
Sarah Pederson - publican. A Wisconsin native and breweriana collector, Sarah’s love affair with craft beer began in 2002 after she unknowingly ordered a cask conditioned Hair of the Dog “Fred” over some homework at the Horse Brass. The first sips changed her life, “How can beer taste so complex?” Needless to say, she put down her homework, went home and started researching “how to make beer” on the Internet. Fast forward to 2007 - after hanging with homebrewers, graduating from the American Brewer’s Guild, interning at Hair of the Dog and working the cellar at Lompoc Brewery, Sarah decided she wanted to officially enlist in the craft beer revolution; Saraveza was born.
Since opening in October of 2008, Sarah has been named one of Five People Who Are Reinventing the Joy of Drinking Beer in Portland, has been featured in a documentary The Love of Beer and was honored to receive Oregon Brew Crew’s Craft Beer Entrepernual Award. “I love my job! It is such a wonderful thing to be able to support local business, provide rewarding jobs and be on the forefront of such an exciting and delicious industry!”
Kyle Jensen - General Manager
Kyle’s love for the hop began in 2008 when he was part of the opening crew for Deschutes Brewery in downtown Portland. His 6 years with Deschutes more than made him appreciate all styles of craft beer, especially IPAs and sours. Kyle was essential in developing and implementing a companywide Cicerone Certification training program at Deschutes, as well as putting his stamp on their custom patio tables.
In 2014 Kyle moved on to help open Fat Head’s Brewery in the Pearl. He was a crucial part of helping Fat Head’s make its name in the heart of Beervana. Kyle’s Midwestern ties and love for the Packers made joining Saraveza in 2015 “truly a dream come true.”
Clark Prather - Beer Buyer/Event Coordinator Hailing from Indiana with a detour through Texas, Clark moved to Portland in 2009 to get a job doing what he loves. After a while, he was hired on at the world-renowned Belmont Station to work in the bottle shop. His experience there taught him more about beer and the industry than he ever expected. In August of 2015, He was hired on to make all beer purchasing decisions, plan and coordinate all of our events, and to be the “other” face of Saraveza. You’ll usually find him around a grill, or out at a beer event. Feel free to email him with any beer questions or requests!
Tyler “Tae Tae” Auton - Head Chef
Tyler grew up in Reno, Nevada but found his passion for food and beer upon moving to the Pacific Northwest. Cooking since a child it was only a matter of time before he perused a culinary career. Tyler graduated from Oregon Culinary Institute in 2012. Coming from strong British roots, making pasties comes naturally to him. Tyler has always been drawn to pairing food and beer together and making beer friendly food, which makes working at Saraveza an ideal job for him.
Mickey Pollizatto – Bad Habit Room Event Liason. Mickey draws strength from party guru Amy Sedaris but is always getting fun and creative ideas from friends, family and Bad Habit Room guests. With more than two and a half decades in hospitality and a lifetime in entertainment, he has learned a lot about putting together the components of a good time. Just as every show requires the right lighting, sound and staging, Mickey believes your special party or event deserves this same attention to detail.
Of course it would not be possible for him to work at Saraveza if he didn’t love beer, he says, “But I am not as smart as I look… I treat every guest as a potential student or teacher.”
Tyler “The Elder” Vickers - OB (original beertender). Saraveza’s first employee, Tyler, loves beer and he loves to serve it. Born and raised in Portland, Mr. Vickers is known for his 2010 accolade “Oregon Beertender of the Year” as well as the namesake of Upright Brewing’s 2010 fresh hop offering, “Tyler the Elder.” You may also recognize Tyler from TV. Stop in and see Tyler some time, the beers on you!
Photo credit: Stuart Mullenberg.
Kate - beertender. Kate hails from the beer culture of Wisconsin’s Manitowoc. One of her earliest memories being a regular gathering of parents and students at the bar in the basement of her elementary school! Kate grew to appreciate more crafted beer while drinking Toohey’s Bitter in Australia. She is proud to be a part of Beervana since working at Bridgeport in ‘03.
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“This lemony, garlicky, in-your-face anchovy wallop of a romaine salad - creamy, peppery and Parmesaned within an inch of its life - ain’t for the weak of heart. Then again, neither are Saraveza’s beers….”
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