I know quite a few people who refer to Horse Brass Pub as their second home. Thus, when I started receiving texts this morning that Don Younger, 68 had died from complications after a fall, I knew this would have a strong impact on the beer community.
A good roundup of Don’s life is found in Imbibe Magazine. Also, from Oregon Live, “Living as he wanted including being a famously avid cigarette smoker and a man who loved several pints — and shots — with friends, and those habits seem to be finally catching up with him, despite his legendary Keith-Richards-like constitution. “No matter how late he’d been at the bar the night before,” said Charlie Devereux of Hood River’s Double Mountain Pub & Brewery, “when I came into the Horse Brass at 9 a.m. to sell some beer, he’d be at his desk eating an orange or something healthy. He was a true professional…”
The pub is known for their 53 beers on tap and friendly knowledgeable service. I can’t think of another watering hole that has gotten so much national press. Esquire Magazine called it “One of the best bars in America”.
Don was a good guy, and though the pub will continue, many will miss his presence.
Rest in Peace
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