No, Portland hasn't reached Peak Beer yet—not even close. So far this year, brewpub grand openings have outpaced the number of months we've clocked—from Zoiglhaus in fast-developing Lents, to hyper-urban Royale, to Tualatin watering hole Ancestry. And with the summer beer frenzy just about here, there's no sign of any slowdown. Here's a primer on six recent ribbon-cuttings—along with six more soon-to-open breweries we're SO ready to tap.
GREAT NOTION BREWING (Opened January 2016)
2204 NE Alberta St, Portland
The much-hyped new occupant of Alberta's former Mash Tun brewery probably doesn't need more publicity. (The brewers, struggling to keep up with demand, have been known to run out of their entire IPA back stock.) But we'll go there anyway—the Juice Jr Session IPA is already one of our go-to Portland pints, with huge tropical Mosaic hops balanced by an exceptionally smooth, rich malt base.
COIN TOSS BREWING CO. (Opened February 2016)
14214 Fir St., Suite H, Oregon City
Oregon City is hopping, y'all. No, really. Of its quartet of new breweries, Coin Toss—operated by former KPAM radio host Tim Hohl—is the latest, specializing in heritage ales alongside Cascadian styles.
ROYALE BREWING CO. (Brewery opened in 2014; taproom in May 2016)
55 N Farragut # 6, Portland
PoMo digital editor Rebecca Jacobson is more than down with Royale's high-quality, food-centric quaffs, now pouring from mural-covered new digs in St. John's. Royale—a project from the owners of Oregon's first mobile bottling company—alternates a regular tap list of staples like the Visitor Red and Fat Unicorn pale with specials like a just-launched bier de garde.
ANCESTRY BREWING (Tualatin brewpub opened May 2016; Sellwood brewpub scheduled to open this summer)
20585 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Rd, Tualatin; 8268 SE 13th Ave, Portland
Workhorse ales—IPAs, brown ale, stout and ESB—form the backbone of this brand-new watering hole tucked between lush wetlands and an industrial stretch (think La-Z-Boy and a window manufacturer). So far demand is strong, and that's not just for the beer: National Geographic, of all publications, recently called out Ancestry's onsite food cart PDX Sliders for slinging some of the best burgers in America.
GRIXSEN BREWING (Opened May 2016)
1001 SE 10th Ave #1, Portland
Blink and you might miss the sandwich board marking this 10-barrel facility. Grixsen's tasting room is open, for now, just on Friday and Saturday afternoons. One of the trio of owners has a background in branding—hence there's no shortage of swag for sale in this otherwise minimalist facility. (Another owner, meanwhile, got his start brewing stouts and brown ales for Jesuit priests at Gonzaga University.)
ZOIGLHAUS (Taproom opened in November 2015; brewery opened in May 2016)
5716 SE 92nd Ave, Portland
We wrote up Zoiglhaus when the community-minded Lents bier hall was just that—a German-focused tavern serving beer from its downtown sister brewery, Pints. Months later, following delayed brew equipment arrivals and the like, the spacious, family-friendly bar has begun churning out its own brews: from a Northwest-style Ramona Red (obviously named after one of us) to a Kicker Kölsch made with a German yeast strain personally imported by the brewmaster.
COMING SOON, BUT NOT SOON ENOUGH:
BREAKSIDE BREWING (Summer 2016)
NW 22nd and Raleigh, Portland
Breakside's Northeast and Milwaukie locations have made it into a local beer empire, and it's about to get even bigger with a brand-new brewpub—with rooftop beer garden!—smack in the middle of the so-called Slabtown District.
SCOUT BEER (Summer 2016)
SE 11th and Hawthorne Blvd, Portland
Scout's aims are modest, just to bring you "the best beer in PDX." No biggie. Right now you can sample its creative wares—like "porridge," an oatmeal pale brewed with pie spices and raisins, and the Anaphylactic, a peanut butter dry porter—at one of two mobile beer gardens: the Gantry at Zidell Yards, and Tidbit Food and Farm Garden (the food cart food at 28th and SE Division). But soon—very soon—you'll be able to get a pint at Scout's brewery, currently under construction next to soccer bar the Toffee Club.
304 SE 2nd Ave, Portland
One of the most ambitious projects on our list, Wayfinder's inner Southeast location will house a massive brick beerhall, complemented by an outdoor beer garden and serving meats and sausages from a wood-fired grill. Did we mention the brewery is cofounded by three giants of the Oregon food and beer industries? Swoon!
MT. TABOR BREWING (2016)
124 SE 11th Ave, Portland; 3600 NW 119th St, Felida Village, Washington
A month ago, this transplanted Vancouver brewery closed its doors to expand into two new locations—one right back where it all started, in Portland, with a production facility and tasting room just two blocks from Base Camp. One good sign already: heading the new Portland hub is well-known former Widmer Bros brewer Ben Dobler. (Mt. Tabor's second location will be in the NW Vancouver 'hood of Felida, while the old downtown Vancouver digs is set to be renovated by its owners into a pizza joint.)
ROSS ISLAND BREWING (2016)
730 SE Powell Blvd, Portland
In February, the very beardy Carston Haney (formerly with Alameda Brewing) finally received a seven-barrel system purchased from Golden Valley. When open (the tasting room was originally set to launch last month) Haney plans to aim right for the under-beered residents of Portland’s Brooklyn neighborhood—offering a gold-standard IPA along with “English-style ales and lagers with a Northwest twist."
Location TBA, Portland
Dan Peterson, a former brewer at Hood River's pFriem, wants to focus on easy-drinking English-style beers. Currently brewing at Old Town establishment Pints, Peterson's secretive solo-project-in-the-works will, rumor has it, consist of a Portland pub opening following a brewery launch in Hood River sometime this year.