The Commons New Tasting Room & Brewery Opens Friday [Photo Gallery]

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It’s yet another milestone as The Commons new Tasting Room & Brewery opens Friday today, March 27th 2015, at 5pm. I stopped by the brewery yesterday to check out the new building; it’s an impressive couple steps up from the previously modest tasting room inside the old 7bbl brewery. The new building can be seen from blocks away and features a more open floor plan, high ceilings, a view of The Commons’ new 15bbl brewhouse, and the old 7bbl is on display with a 2nd mezzanine floor for special parties and maybe eventually spill-over. The best new addition? A separate small kitchen and window for the Cheese Annex, a mini version of Steve Jones’s Cheese Bar that will serve cheeses and small food plates. This huge relocation and expansion takes The Commons from being an underground word-of-mouth destination to a legitimate tourist attraction on the scale of the nearby Cascade Barrel House.

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The Commons Brewery is now located on the corner of SE 7th and Belmont in Portland’s close-in eastside, with entrances on both 7th and Belmont. The building is hard to miss and is easily accessible by bike and public transportation. There’s not a parking lot, but there is minimal street parking nearby. Much expanded new tasting room hours start on Saturday and the facility will be open from noon to 10pm, Tuesday through Sunday.

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Familiar taps from the old tasting room, now upgraded to 13 options

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The view leading into the tasting room from the 7th street entrance. The old 7bbl brewhouse on display to the left.

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View from the main tasting room floor. Thats the old 7bbl in the back.

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the old 7bbl brewhouse will still be used for small batch brewing and looks better than ever on display in the tasting room.

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This is the view from the mezzanine above the bar looking down.

New tanks for the expanded brewhouse waiting to be placed

New tanks for the expanded brewhouse waiting to be placed

the brand new 15bbl JVNW Brewhouse. Almost operational, the guys havent been able to brew in 3 weeks.

the brand new 15bbl JVNW Brewhouse. Almost operational, the guys haven’t been able to brew in 3 weeks.

The building is buzzing with activity, the whole crew working to finish projects

The building is buzzing with activity, the whole crew working to finish projects

the Cheese Annex window, unfortunately will have to order and pay separately from the bar here.

The Cheese Annex window. Unfortunately you will have to order and pay separately from the bar here.

Mezzanine! great for parties and special events. Can look down on either side to see the production brewery or tasting room floor.

Mezzanine! great for parties and special events. Can look down on either side to see the production brewery or tasting room floor.

Looking down upon the old 7bbl brewery and brewer Sean Burke

Looking down upon the old 7bbl brewery and brewer Sean Burke

A view of the new upstairs mezzanine

A view of the new upstairs mezzanine

Samurai Artist
Samurai Artist

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

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