In one of the most Portland moves ever, a beer cart will take over a strip club to open a brewery when Scout Beer Garden Brewery opens in the former Hawthorne Strip location. Joseph St. Martin opened the first Scout Beer Garden on Memorial Day weekend in 2014 at the Belmont “Good Food Here” cart pod, and plans to expand into a new brick-and-mortar Scout Beer brewery and taproom in June 2016. Scout has been providing a rotating taplist of great local craft beers to southeast Portland for awhile, even expanding to a 2nd location at SE Division and 29th, and relocating the first location to the South Waterfront.
Joe has been interested in brewing since his previous experience as a small bakery owner and avid home cook. He found brewing to be a perfect creative outlet, “combining the elements of both food and drink to create unique flavors that are unlikely to have been explored in the past. I also find that blending and combining beers in the glass is something not being explored enough. I’m very excited to work on those projects.”
Scout launched its own house beers brewed at Portland U-Brew in Sellwood in February 2015, and has now brewed large batches at Culmination Brewing. Joe has a propensity to “walk through a farmer’s market or a grocery store and spot an ingredient that no one else is using to show that beer can expand into so many different flavors with so many unexpected ingredients.”
Just a look at some of Joseph’s brews and you can see why. There is “Anaphylactic,” a peanut butter porter that can be combined with “Jam,” a marionberry red ale for a little PB & J action. There is “Porridge,” an oatmeal pale ale with cinnamon, raisins, and vanilla. “Sap” is a strong ale with smoked oak and 5lbs per keg of maple syrup. “Cuckoo,” a porter brewed with Coco Puffs cereal, and “SPK,” a sour dry-hopped with Sour Patch Kids, round out the experimental bunch, along with the hoppy “Pretty in Pink,” an IPA with strawberries.
Joe discovered his love of brewing while baking in San Francisco. He would brew double batches all night before heading to his day job and then sell those beers underground at parties and events.
“This process woke up a part of me that I didn’t know was there. I come to life when I immerse myself in the brewing process that lasts months”
Scout Beer — the name of the upcoming brick-and-mortar brewing operation is 1,600 sq. ft. of the old Hawthorne Strip building at 1516 SE 10th Avenue on the corner of Hawthorne Boulevard. Joseph will be brewing on a 5bbl brewhouse fabricated by Stout Tanks and Kettles in SW Portland. They will be starting off operations with two 15bbl fermenters they can triple batch into. Scout will tap into their professional brewing connections for advice and consistency.
The space will have large roll-up doors they plan to keep open most of the year to keep the beer garden vibe. There will be lots of wood and casual picnic table seating and art prints. The tasting room will have 12 taps, one nitro, and including a cider and their own in-house brewed non-alcoholic soda. They will have a small food menu focused on local cheese and charcuterie with salads, sandwiches and desserts.
Joseph St. Martin is looking forward to hopefully a June opening where all of his work “creating a recipe, testing batches, brewing, fermenting, kegging… it boils down to one sip. I love that I start something with pen to paper and see it through to the moment I put a Scout Beer into someone’s hand.”