Ecliptic Brewing Celebrates One Year Anniversary


John Harris shares a pint at his Ecliptic Brewing

It’s already been over one year since John Harris’s Ecliptic Brewing opened its doors to much hype, and there will be celebrations on Thursday 10/23 and Saturday 10/25 with special events.

Local brewing legend John Harris–together with executive chef Michael Molitor–will host events including an eclipse viewing party and live bands, complete with an exclusive anniversary-themed menu.

“We’ve had a truly stellar first year at Ecliptic,” said John Harris. “We hope our fans will join us at the brewery for our celebration, and that people who have yet to try Ecliptic will come check us out.”

Thursday, Oct. 23: Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Ecliptic Brewing unites Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy. With such, the brewery regularly brings its fans together for astronomical observances. From 1:30 p.m. through 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 23, Portland will see a partial solar eclipse with more than 50 percent of the sun blocked. Ecliptic will host a viewing party in the parking lot, complete with the brewery’s regular food menu paired with special seasonal beers.

Saturday, Oct. 25: Intergalactic Hoedown and First Anniversary Celebration

The Saturday of Ecliptic’s birthday week, the brewery will debut its Rigel Sparkling Riesling Anniversary Ale and Oort Imperial Stout, as well as other special beers from its vault. The restaurant will feature anniversary ribs from chef Molitor, and newly designed Ecliptic t-shirts will be available for sale. Harrris will also host complimentary brewery tours at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Several bluegrass-style bands will entertain throughout the day, including:

  • 3 – 4 p.m.: Roadopossum, Harris’ band

  • 4 – 5:30 p.m.: Erin’s Off the Cuff

  • 5:30 – 7 p.m.: Vlad and the Hats

  • 7 – 9 p.m.:Jack Straw

Ecliptic Brewing is located at 825 N Cook St, Portland, OR 97227. For more information on the anniversary events or brewery, please call 503.265.9002 or

About Rigel Sparkling Riesling Anniversary Ale

ABV: 5.8%, IBU: 31, GRAVITY: 13 °P

Rigel sparkles in the late autumn sky as the brightest star in the constellation Orion. Rigel Sparkling Riesling Anniversary Ale takes its light orange color from Pale, Munich and light crystal malts, which also lead to a nice, creamy mouth feel. Crystal hops impart a slight fruity hop flavor and low bitterness. Rigel contains one percent fresh pressed Riesling juice from theTesoAria Winery, used to increase its fruity-ester profile. Rigel drinks crisp like a good sparkling wine.

About Oort Imperial Stout

ABV: 8.5% IBU 71, GRAVITY: 21 °P

Named for the Oort Cloud, a spherical region surrounding the planetary system, Ecliptic’s Oort Imperial Stout is brewed to be aged in Bourbon Barrels. A limited number of non-Bourbon kegs were saved and aged throughout the past four months for a special showcase at Ecliptic’s anniversary. This will be the first time the stout has been poured.

About Ecliptic Brewing

Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon beer icon whose background is steeped in the state’s rich craft brewing history. The name Ecliptic unites Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy, and as such, the brewery celebrates the Earth’s yearly journey around the sun through both its beer and restaurant menus. Executive chef Michael Molitor rotates his seasonally inspired menu every six weeks in accordance with the old world calendar. Harris’ signature seasonal beers include Spica Hefepils, Procyon Pale Ale, Phobos Extra Red Ale and Arcturus IPA. For more information,

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