PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- What was in the mysterious safe recently found inside a wall at Rogue Distillery and Public House in Northwest Portland? Was it a motherlode of cash, jewelry, stocks and bonds? Or was it more like Al Capone's vault?
That's the question Rogue Ales had after a safe was found in the wall of the women's bathroom earlier this week during a remodeling project.
The building was built in the mid-1920s and was first home to Cramers Creamery, then a family restaurant and a bar called Bogarts. The Portland Brewing Company occupied it before Rogue took over in 1999.
Just before they were to have a Facebook Live contest that encouraged people to submit their 3-number combination, they received word that changed the overall arc.
"This is Teddy from Rogue Ales & Spirits," he said in a 23-second Facebook Live. "We are here in our freshly re-done Flanders pub here in the Pearl in Portland, Oregon. A fellow named Paul Shipwreck messaged us with the code to the safe."
Rogue officials posted on their Facebook page that man worked for Northwest Safe & Lock. The combination he provided worked. The safe was open...
...and it was empty.
The prize -- $3650 in Hopoes ("the currency of the Rogue Nation -- also just good for anything at the pub, including beer") which, they said, would be enough "to join us every day for a pint for a year."
The man with the combination was awarded the prize.
Even before the contest, Rogue officials were relatively convinced the safe was emptied before it was covered up by a wall.