2017 New Oregon Breweries Showcase

It’s that time of the year when The New School presents our only regular event: the 2017 New Oregon Breweries Showcase at Bailey’s Taproom. 2017 marks the 4th year of this annual event, held on the first Monday of Portland Beer Week, June 12th this year and featuring eleven brand new Oregon breweries opened within the last year and twenty-two of their beers.

One thing that makes this event so fun and unique is that brewers from across the state come to Portland for it, with all required to be in attendance during the meet-the-brewer/owner hours from 5-8pm. Some of these breweries are from little towns or places you may never have the chance to visit, and thus never try the beer. In previous years the New Oregon Breweries Showcase has introduced the public to now well-known and beloved breweries such as Buoy Beer, Wolves & People, Great Notion, and many more.

This year’s lineup of breweries and beers includes:

Reach Break Brewing (Astoria)

Astoria’s first new brewery since Buoy debuted beers at the New Oregon Breweries Showcase in 2015 and one of our Most Anticipated New Oregon Breweries of 2017. Reach Break is also the only Astoria brewery focusing on farmhouse, sour and wild ales, but also adds classic west coast IPA to the modern hazy east coast interpretation. Check out our visit/profile on Reach Break here.

  • Phytoplankton Session IPA – brewed with rye and double dry-hopped with Simcoe & Citra.
  • Saison

Wayfinder Head Brewer Kevin Davey

Wayfinder Beer (Portland)

One of the most talked about brewery openings of the last few years is Portland’s Wayfinder Beer, a beautiful brewpub with top notch atmosphere and food. After being open for nearly a year with only collaboration beers, Head Brewer Kevin Davey will debut the first two in-house brewed beers for the New Oregon Breweries Showcase.

  • Hell – 5.4% abv 20BU Light, mischievously more-ish lager.
  • Doomtown IPA – 7.2% 75BU clean, citrus forward, West-coast IPA.  Looks great, tastes great. Lots of C hops.

Common Block Brewing (Medford)

A long talked about, highly anticipated and delayed new brewpub and production brewery recently opened in Medford. Two of the owners are also well experienced, Alex and Danielle Amarotico are also behind the established Standing Stone Brewing of Ashland. Common Block Brewing is a substantial 280 seat family-friendly brewpub with a 15-bbl brewhouse.

  • Rogue Runner IPA
  • Brick & Mortar Porter

Ross Island Brewing (Portland)

Another highly anticipated and much delayed Portland brewery that made our list of the Most Anticipated New Oregon Breweries of 2017 after making the 2016 list as well! Owner/brewer Carston Haney is a beloved longtime Oregon brewer who was at Alameda Brewing for a number of years, where he created fan-favorites like Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA. Ross Island Brewing opened its taproom a handful of months ago and has only released a few beers from its own tanks.

  • Bitta – is not bitter, but brewed in the style of an English Bitter. This ale is a great example of a low alcohol beer that has flavor, body, and nuances. 4.4% ABV and 30 IBU’s.
  • Ben’s Porter – brewed in the style of a Robust Porter on the day a fellow Portland brewer passed away. Finishing at 7.2% ABV flavors of chocolate and coffee abound with very similar aromatics. 7.2% ABV and 40 IBU’s.

Side A Brewing (La Grande)

Surprisingly, La Grande did not have a brewery until Side A Brewing recently opened in the historic Eastern Oregon Fire Museum with a full restaurant and 7bbl brewery. The brewery made our Most Anticipated New Oregon Breweries of 2017. Side A’s team is made up of three owners with various experience, from an OSU professor to a brewer at Silver Moon Brewing and a pub manager from Widmer. Owners/brewes will be bringing two of the first beers brewed to Bailey’s.

  • Side A Spey Scotch Ale
  • Copper and Gold Strong Pale Ale

Joseph St. Martin at his new Scout Beer Brewery in SE Portland

Scout Beer (Portland)

Scout Beer now has three, going on four locations in Portland, though the company only recently began brewing its own beer. Founded as a beer cart for food cart pods by Joseph St. Martin, he eventually began contracting house brews at Portland U-Brew in Sellwood but late last year opened a brick-and-mortar with its own brewery. Just a few beers deep into its own brewing operation, Scout makes some interesting snack/lunch-themed or dessert beers based on foods like a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich or S’mores.

  • Wet, Hot, American Saison – floral saison brewed with hibiscus and elder flowers 7.1%ABV
  • Porridge – oatmeal pale ale brewed with cinnamon, raisins and vanilla – 6.5%ABV

The Horn Public House & Brewery (Depoe Bay)

Another of The New School’s Most Anticipated New Oregon Breweries of 2017 is The Horn Public House & Brewery of Depoe Bay. Previously an existing pub and restaurant, the operation added its own 10 barrel brewhouse and recently began brewing. Chris Jennings, who many may know as one of the Brew Brothers or for his regular homebrewing column in Oregon Beer Growler, is the head brewer, coming from Alameda Brewing.

  • Horn Red – An Irish style red with a caramel aroma and dried fruit flavor.  Slight body with a touch of caramel sweetness. 6.2% abv 20 IBU
  • Horn Russian Imperial Stout – Black with a tan head. Roasted malt dominate the flavor with a smooth mouth feel and dry finish. 9.0% abv 33 IBU

Sedition Brewing (The Dalles)

Just last year’s New Oregon Breweries Showcase featured the only and then brand new brewery in The Dalles called Freebridge, and now there is another called Sedition Brewing. Brewmaster Kyle Rossman comes with experience at Epic Brewing’s Denver location and is now brewing on a 7 barrel brewhouse.

  • Natural Born Keller – This unfiltered Keller-style Pilsner has a soft, bready malt profile and a bright, floral hop finish. 5.6% ABV 30 IBU.
  • IPA – Piney, citrusy hop aroma and flavor.  Bitter, but with just enough malt to round out this hop-forward beer. 7.4% ABV 60 IBU.

Bandon Brewing (Bandon)

Recently opened in Old Town Bandon, the new Bandon Brewing is a full brewpub and wood-fired pizzeria in the historic McNair Building. Owner/Brewer Jonathan Hawkins owns R3 Construction and redeveloped the building himself while initially starting production brewing at The Labrewatory in Portland and developing recipes with brewer Charlie Johnson. This is the only brewery located in Bandon.

  • One Eyed Jack IPA
  • Pacific Puffin Porter

Funhouse Brews (Portland)

A new nano brewery bidding for greatness on a 2-bbl system from homebrewer Jason Rizos, Funhouse Brews recently introduced some of its beers to the world at the spring Nano Beer Fest. Rizos has been homebrewing since 2001 and has won some awards for what he calls “unorthodox, “chimerical” crossbreeds of classic styles” on the Funhouse Brews website.

  • Squirrel Riot Brown – Inspired by South England Browns freshly toasted Maris Otter malt comes right out of the oven and straight into the mash, capturing a one-of-a-kind baked freshness. Rolled oats and a hint of chocolate malt meld with Northwest Ale Yeast and East Kent Golding Hops to round out the malty aspect of this especially handcrafted ale. 5.6% ABV 32 IBU.
  • Triple Berry Snowcone – A lightly-kettle-soured ale finished with a blend of Belgian Abby yeasts.  Back-sweetened with Cherry, Blackberry and Raspberry for that perfect blend of sweet, tart, and sour.  5.6% ABV, 28 IBU.

Little Beast Brewing (Beaverton)

One of the most talked about new breweries and of course another of our Most Anticipated New Oregon Breweries of 2017 is opened by Chuck Porter (previously of Logsdon Farmhouse Ales) and his wife Brenda Crow (previously of Olympia Provisions). It’s a farmhouse-style brewery making lots of mixed culture wild ales and beers aged in barrels and foeders from the former Brannon’s Brewpub space in Beaverton.

  • Fera – saison fermented with 100% brettanomyces wild yeast, European malt, Noble Hops, mild tartness and hoppy bite. 6.25% ABV.
  • Bes – a rustic slightly tart farmhouse wheat beer flavored with chamomile, Belgian malts and noble hops. Funky, pineapple, lemon and coconut flavors. 6% ABV.

New Oregon Breweries Showcase
Mon. June 12th 5-8pm @ Bailey’s Taproom
213 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

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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