Patrick Couchman, co-owner of the Siskiyou Pub, replaces a mirror above the beer taps in preparation for the pub's reopening tonight.
...Former owners Patrick Couchman and Eric Weiss recently took the popular pub back after it failed as Jefferson State Pub under the ownership of Andrew Scot Bolsinger, the former Ashland Daily Tidings editor who has had several businesses fail in a flurry of lawsuits in addition to sexual abuse charges stemming from his time as a teacher and coach at a private school near Salem.
After a hiatus of 20 months, the Siskiyou Pub
will open under its old name, offering a familiar array of microbrewed beers, regional wines and live folk, rock, bluegrass and jazz music, lightly amplified so locals can "do a little Ashland freestyle dancing, hang out, visit socially and be able to have a conversation without the music blowing the doors out and making your ears bleed," said Couchman
sold the pub in May 2006, "people cried and talked about how they met their spouse here, loved the fun, diversity and peacefulness and you'd find, drinking together, maybe a doctor in shorts and flip-flops, a ski bum in jeans and a Chevy salesman dressed up in a suit," said Weiss.
But the New Year's Day Flood of 1997 brought that era to an end, said Couchman
opened the Siskiyou Pub
(sans brewery) in summer of 1997, running it for nine years.