Bridgeport Brewing & TriMet announce Tilikum Crossing Orange Line IPA


U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer and a brewer from BridgePort Brewing Company today proudly announced a partnership between BridgePort Brewing and TriMet. BridgePort Brewing, Oregon’s oldest craft brewery, released their newest beer, Tilikum Crossing Orange Line IPA, to celebrate the newest bridge in Portland.

Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, is the first bridge of its kind in the U.S., carrying MAX light rail and Portland Streetcar trains, buses, bicyclists and pedestrians, but no private vehicles. Tilikum Crossing is part of TriMet’s MAX Orange Line that opens on Sept. 12, 2015 between Downtown Portland, South Waterfront, SE Portland, Milwaukie and North Clackamas County. TriMet asked BridgePort to create a special beer for the new Orange Line because it was a natural fit – they were the first craft brewery in Oregon and Tilikum Crossing is also the first of its kind.


In that spirit, Tilikum Crossing Orange Line IPA is the first White IPA BridgePort has ever brewed. Dry-hopped with Lemondrop hops for aroma, this beer is made with 25% wheat, giving the beer a hazy light color. This new brew also uses Belgium yeast and is infused with orange peel, delivering a slightly sweet, lighter and more refreshing take on an IPA. The beer is available for Portlanders to enjoy on draft or in 22oz. bombers.

“The whole city is excited for the opening of this bridge, so you can imagine how honored we felt when TriMet asked us to brew the official beer,” commented Jeff Edgerton, BridgePort brewmaster. “Our team thought a lot about the actual visuals of Tilikum Crossing, specifically, the white-coloring of the bridge and TriMet’s Orange Line that will cross over the Willamette. With that in mind, we also wanted to make a beer for the people, since ‘Tilikum’ means ‘of the People’.”

To celebrate the September opening of the Orange Line and of Tilikum Crossing, its official beer will be served at events starting August 19.

  • Tilikum Crossing Orange Line IPA Launch Party held at BridgePort Brew Pub | August 19, time TBD
  • MAX Orange Line Fireworks Spectacular held at Zidell Yards  | August 22, 5:00p – 10:00p
  • First Light held at Zidell Yards | September 10, 6:00p – 10:00p
  • Grand Opening Celebration held at Tilikum Village at Zidell Yards  | September 12, 11:00a – 6:00p


For more information on the events leading up to the Orange Line and Tilikum Crossing Grand Opening, please visit

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