Historic Beer Birthday: Don Younger

Today would have been publican extraordinaire Don Younger’s 76th birthday. He ran the famous Horse Brass pub in Portland, Oregon, along with a few others, for many years. Don was a wonderful person and his early and continuing support of craft beer helped make Portland the great beer town it is today. As you undoubtedly recall, Don passed away unexpectedly in January, six years ago. Join me in wishing Don a very Happy birthday and raising a toast to his memory.

Don and Mark Silva, co-owner of realbeer.com and realbranding.com.

Don Younger and me outside the Falling Rock in Denver, Colorado.

Don with braided hair with Shaun O’Sullivan from 21st Amendment Brewery.

10, 20, 30: The same year, Dave Keene (center) was celebrating his 20th anniversary, flanked by Don Younger (on the left), whose bar the Horse Brass in Portland celebrated its 30th anniversary, and Chris Black (on the right), whose Denver, Colorado bar, The Falling Rock, celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Don bookended by Robin and Jonathan Surratt, who runs beermapping.com, displaying his excellent taste in attire at the Falling Rock during GABF week 2007.


  1. Mike Pierce says

    As Don often says “It’s not about the beer — it’s about the beer!
    Happy Birthday Don – you’re a legend and a fun guy to share a beer with.

  2. David Brattstrom says

    In Don’s Honor I will go have a pint at the Horsebrass today. Hopefully Youngers bitter is on cask.

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