Bunsenbrewer Grand Opening in Sandy, Oregon

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Aaron Hanson’s BunsenBrewer project, which I reported on back in July, is one of Oregon’s most interesting new brewery concepts and will celebrate its official grand opening this Saturday January 25th, in Sandy. Bunsenbrewer will be the only brewery in Sandy after several others have failed over the years.

A homebrewer turned pro, Aaron is a biochemist who extends his love of science to his brewing on a nano 2bbl brewhouse and produces experimental beers served in beakers and flasks by bartenders dressed in lab coats. For ‘Honest Pint” Nazis, the brewery also offers 20oz glasses with lab markings and a 16oz line.

The inaugural crop of beers are all named after scientists:

Planck – Oatmeal brown. Smooth and chocolaty.
Feynman – Amber ale. Dry hopped with Glacier
deGrasse Tyson – Cascadian Dark Ale. It’s loaded on the backend with tons of hop flavor and aroma, and just enough bitterness to leave a really clean finish.

As I mentioned back in July in our original story, Aaron was among the first to present a method to remove gluten from barley-based beer in a process that was later tweaked and adopted by Widmer for the Omission brand. One of the new beers from BunsenBrewer is debuting for the grand opening is a gluten-free beer using a similar method.

By Saturday the brewery hopes to have 5 to 6 of its own beers on tap, as well as a handful of guest taps. The tasting room is open from 11am to 11pm and has the look of a classroom or cafe, which is just as well for Aaron, who wants it to be a place of learning and experimentation. Right now Aaron is just excited to be open, but plans to start working on a kitchen license soon so that space can serve food.

Saturday’s Grand Opening also features Happy Hour prices after 4pm and three live music performances.

4:00 – Mayor Bill King will be out for a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open Sandy’s newest brewery.

4:15 – Slug Ranch Family Band – Folk duo playing back porch music on guitar, mountain dulcimer, and banjo.

5:30 – The Seaons – A young Southern Oregon Indie Rock band playing original songs. Their influences range from Coldplay to Fleet Foxes. In addition, their sound has been characterized as a cross between Yes and Emerson Lake and Palmer by some of the more “seasoned” listeners.

9:30 – Huggie Bear – Local DJ plays a melodic mix of old and new old school funk and hip hop. Driven in creating a sonic soundscape and keeping the party flowing. Moving feet and shaping hearts.

Bunsenbrewer Grand Opening Party
Saturday January 25 4pm – 11pm 
16506 SE 362nd
Sandy, Oregon 97055
(503) 308-3150
[email protected]

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: [email protected]


  1. Champs

    January 24, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Even if the beer is terrible, I still want to buy a ton of that merch.

  2. Kimberly Byrne

    January 24, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Aaron, your Minnesota friends are so proud of you. You have worked so hard and come so far. Cheers!

  3. Unknown

    January 24, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    This sounds like such an awesome party!

  4. Sean F.

    January 25, 2014 at 12:31 am

    I definitely want one of those pint glasses.

  5. Ashley

    January 25, 2014 at 3:05 am

    justin says he will take me anywhere for our date Saturday… but probably not over 1000 miles away from home. Proud of you! cant wait to come for a visit!

  6. Hess

    January 25, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Just one more reason to move back to Sandy after being marooned too long in the cotton fields of Georgia and the corn fields of Indiana. After a vigorous hike along the Salmon River Trail near Welches, a stop by Bunsenbrewer would be perfect.

  7. Otto's Ski Shop

    January 26, 2014 at 12:43 am

    Stop into Otto’s Ski Shop and leave flyers/coupons for all the returning skiers on their way back to P-town. W
    hat do you have for all us cool non drinkers?

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