written by Jonathan Shipley
Many Oregonians have something in common with Thomas Jefferson—they believe beer is good. “Beer, if drank with moderation,” Jefferson wrote, “softens the temper, cheers the spirit and promotes health.” There are many Oregonians cheering that spirit with new breweries and taprooms. Here are some of those halls of health.
Breakside Beaverton is coming. What was first planned to be an outdoor only space with a shipping container bar and food trucks has expanded into a full-scale beer garden, food truck pod and pub. There are also whispers of creating a private event space, too. Cheers!
Sisters has a new brewery focusing on producing terroir-driven beers through the use of local and sustainable ingredients. Brewer Michael Frith and his wife, Danielle, run the operation. They’re originally from another beer-centric area: Denver, Colorado.
Steeplejack is building a beer temple in Hillsboro. New School’s Best New Brewery of 2021, as chosen by a group of industry experts, Steeplejack’s new digs have a church-like vibe. People will revere such beers as Wainwright Belgian IPA, Brewers Breakfast oatmeal lager, and Millow Whitbier, a fruity, light, refreshing white beer.
A new taproom will tap into Bend’s beer culture by way of Van Henion Brewing Company. Founded by Boneyard Beer head brewer, Mark Henion, his wife, Dana Henion, and brewer John Van Duzer, this brew crew is opening a space on Bend’s northeast side in the former Boneyard production brewery.