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Portland’s Antifa Hang Out Cider Riot! Goes Out of Business

The NE Portland Cidery that served as an unofficial HQ of Portland’s Antifa professional protesters is going out of business on November 10th.

The owner, self-styled “anti-fascist” owner, Abram Goldman-Armstrong, told Willamette Week in September that he was looking for a buyer, claiming that cider distribution was piddling out and that he was more than $800,000 in debt.

But he wouldn’t sell to just anyone:

“We’re not going to sell to racist scumbags, and I don’t think the other investors would feel comfortable selling to someone who doesn’t believe in equal rights for all humans. Political views don’t usually play a part in business, so we’re not ruling out anyone unless they’re really terrible.”

Since people like Goldman-Armstrong think that everyone to the right of Mao is a “racist scumbag,” you can imagine that it would be hard to find a buyer. And, guess what? He didn’t.

Cider Riot! unabashedly supported Antifa by allowing their customers to saturate members of Patriot Prayer anti antifa group with bear spray as they stood on the public sidewalk outside the cidery. Patriot Prayer leader, Joey Gibson, was charged in the May Day 2018 incident.

Nice burqa, ‘lady’

The group also produced a “black bloc” line of pro-Antifa ciders, which featured the group’s logos.

The Iron Front Flag, an Antifa logo, was temporarily banned from Portland Timbers’ games. Goldman-Armstrong made the drink to protest the ban.

KOIN News straightfacedly reported that the cider’s antisocial, anti-free-speech, antifa connections had nothing to do with the closure.

But as Willamette Week reported, the connections didn’t help.

On Sept. 18, Goldman-Armstrong put Cider Riot up for sale. He says he’s strapped for cash because of overly ambitious expansion efforts. But he says political clashes, branding Cider Riot in the public imagination as “the Antifa Pub,” haven’t helped.

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“I think it’s ridiculous that we get called the antifa bar all the time. … Being an antifascist is just a normal state of being. I shouldn’t be getting credit for being against the fascists. That should just be the normal attitude of any decent-minded human.”

He said that being called out by the pro free-speech-anti-Antifa Patriot Prayer group hasn’t helped either. A May Day fight between a Patriot Prayer person and an Antifa belligerent ended with the prosecution of Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson for riot.

Goldman-Armstrong told Willamette Week that Gibson is the reason fewer people have come into the pub. He claims customers are afraid “these fascists” will come back. He is suing Gibson for $1,000,000.00.

His loss of business couldn’t be that there are anti-Antifa Portlanders who are sick and tired of the group’s violence and intolerance. Couldn’t be that.

Nor could it be the violence that started at Cider Riot and spilled out into the streets, leading to the murder of an Antifa member by an apparent SUV driving trio of friendlies.

Antifa members ordered witnesses and other allies not to speak to the “pigs” about it. No one has been arrested.

Cider Riot has been under investigation by the Oregon Liquor Control Board and, according to The Oregonian, the agency concluded in September that:

The owner of Cider Riot knowingly allowed his patrons to use “illegal weapons” against right-wing agitators during a May Day brawl and refused to remove unruly customers from his property, an investigation by state regulators alleges.

Abram Goldman-Armstrong and a licensed security guard who was working at his Northeast Portland cidery that day also are accused of providing misleading statements to state authorities during the investigation, documents claim.

The Cider Riot! owner says there will always be a place for the far Left communistas to meet.

For now, his place is going the way of the former Red and Black cafe, whose anarchist-communist (no, really) ‘workers’ refused to serve cops, (which we fixed a few years back).

Antifa Thinks It’s Got a ‘Gotcha’ Video of the MAGA Hat-Wearing Man Beaten in a Portland Bar. They Missed One Thing.

The man who went to a SE Portland bar a week ago Friday and was beaten by Portland Professional Protesters™ while wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat went to another bar before the beating and got into a shouting match with patrons there.

Now Antifa and “The Oregonian” newspaper think they’ve unearthed a “gotcha!” moment.

Here’s some of the background as I reported here:

KPTV and Gateway Pundit report that Luke Lenzner was on a date night with his wife and walked into Growler’s Taproom on SE Hawthorne in inner SE Portland in the early hours of August 17th. The bartender told him they weren’t serving anymore so Lezner left. As he did so, surveillance tape shows he pointed to his hat. 

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As I recounted:

Apparently, that red hat was just too much for Portland Professional Protesters™ who met Lezner out on the side walk, “circled him,” attacked him and then cold cocked him. 
Lezner told KPTV:
“I got mobbed by everybody that was in that bar outside. People came from the inside out – just circled me and my wife.”

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After the beating and the understandable outrage over the beat-down, including a hate-rain on Antifa, “The Oregonian” ‘found’ a video that the reporter obviously believed provided more context to the story about the tap room beating.

It seems Lenzner and his wife went to another bar before going to the tap room. At “The Vern,” Lenzner was seen yelling at customers:

The video shows an outburst by Lenzner – and a boorish one at that. He yells at patrons who lustily yell back at him. But notice where the 1:18 video starts. It starts after Lenzner starts his braying.

“The Oregonian” reported that the man who took the video, Michael Radosevich, “locked eyes” with Lezner [sic] and believed he was “looking for a fight”:


“The second I locked eyes with him there was no doubt in my mind he was looking for a fight,” Michael Radosevich told The Oregonian/OregonLive on Tuesday. Footage captured by Radosevich shows the man hurling expletives and pointing at people inside The Vern on Friday night while claiming he served in the military and had been disrespected.

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Maybe he was looking for a fight and didn’t get one. Doesn’t it make you want to know what happened before his outburst?

The Oregonian doesn’t, else that line of questioning would have been pursued and included in its post.

Antifa surely does not care what happened before.

After all … the hat…

Portland Antifa members and allies (forget deleting them, boys, I have them screen capped) reacted to the video by saying Lenzner deserved the beat down:

https://twitter.com/DonkyDick5/status/1166467354647244800?s=20

“Guy goes to a bar to troll people and gets beat up [sic] Well [sic] maybe he should have went [sic] to a bar to troll people [sic] Can’t really have sympathy for people looking for fights that get them [sic] That’s like having Sympathy [sic] for the school bully when he gets checked [sic]”

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Antifa allies (or members) waxed psychological about the possible underpinnings of Lenzner’s actions which resulted in his beat down at the hands of Portland Professional Protesters™:

They believe Lenzner went on a date night with his wife to pick a fight. Let’s assume they’re right for a second. No fight occurred at “The Vern.” Lenzner was boisterous and called out the customers, at one point actually lying about his ‘military service (he’s not a veteran),’ for which he apologized later.

I’d love to know what happened before his outburst.

Then, Lenzner went to the tap house with his hat on and was beaten by Portland Professional Protesters™ who have been arrested at protests before.

Over the years, I’ve interviewed some pretty spectacular guests. Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted Charles Manson, and Andy McCarthy, who successfully prosecuted the terrorists who tried to blow up the World Trade Center in 1993, have both presented me with strains of the same question, which I think is pertinent now:

What would it take to get you to [murder/commit and act of terrorism/beat up a guy in a MAGA hat]?

And that’s the question left unanswered by this video, the patrons and even Mr. Lenzner.

The answer should be that it would take nothing to get you to beat up a guy with a MAGA hat.

If Lenzner went to troll people at a bar on Friday night, that’s uncivil and not nice. It’s boorish, inadvisable and the height of douchebaggery.

Things have deteriorated to such an extent in Portland these days that people don’t even stop to ask the question. And that didn’t start with Lenzner.