A Big Week for The Commons

Commons owner Mike Wright

It’s a big week for The Commons Brewery, Portland’s second rustic farmhouse, Belgian-inspired brewery. Opened by Mike Wright last year as a full scale, 7-barrel brewhouse, it’s a big step up from his start brewing on a 1 barrel nano system in his garage as Beetje Brewing. This week he releases his first ever bottled beer, a dark, barrel-aged fruit beer called Brotherly Love. He’ll also do a tap takeover/meet-the-brewer event tonight at Bailey’s Taproom.

The Commons building

A Portland favorite,Bailey’s Taproom will have 5 beers from The Commons on tap from6-8 PMonTuesday, March 20th, including the brand new Commons Pils I am looking forward to trying. The lineup:

Urban Farmhouse – our rustic, refreshing saison
Commons Pils – our newest beer, a Northern German style Pils
Madrone – a tasting room favorite, tart saison with west coast hops
Biere de Garde – a traditional amber French country ale
Fleur de Ferme – batch no. 2 of our popular dark saison with chamomile, lavender, and hibiscus

Beers will be available by the glass or as a sample tray. If you can’t make it between 6-8, the beers will be on tap when Bailey’s open at 4PM.

This Saturday, March 24th, is The Commons’ big day when they unveil their first bottlle-conditioned beer Brotherly Love at noon. It is the first in a small bottling series that celebrates the nano brewery roots of The Commons, appropriately titled the Beetje Series. From the brewery’s description:

A variation of our Little Brother Belgian dark strong ale, Brotherly Love is matured in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels with red tart cherries and roasted Peruvian cocoa nibs.Take your time with this rich, decadent beer – and share it with friends.


Release info:
March 24th, Noon
Commons Brewery 1810 SE 10th Ave (entrance on SE Stephens)
150 bottles (capped 750ml), $15 each.
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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: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com