The Commons Brewery started in Mike Wright’s garage in Southeast Portland (a true nanobrewery!). The Commons strives to make well executed, moderate alcohol beers with a refreshing and unique character (most often with yeasts originating from Europe). The beers are geared to be session-able and therefore enable or enhance social interaction. For consumers, the focus should be on friends and family they are sharing time with (gather around beer). After a short stint in the garage brewery, Mike decided to expand the operation to a 7bbl brewhouse and a new space. The work began in the summer of 2011 and wrapped up that winter. Brewing on the new system commenced on September 15, 2011 and the tasting room opened December 3rd, 2011.