IBU Public House under new Ownership with Brewing Plans

“IBU public house. Photo by Thomas Teal for Willamette Week

IBU Public House opened in January of 2016 on SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway in Portland as an expansion/off-shoot of the successful ABV Public House in Hillsboro, Oregon. IBU offered a new worthy beer and food destination on the westside and garnered some pretty decent reviews from The New School and even Willamette Week, though they struggled to get their footing and were recently sold to beer geek and tech industry veteran Jason Cruse and his partner in May. The team has slowly been implementing changes to the space and hope to eventually open a brewery there.

IBU Public House is a large space with thirty-eight taps to play with, growler fills, tasting flights and a happy hour plus private dining spaces. Probably important for the outer southwest neighborhood, IBU is family friendly and the new owners have spent some time improving a kids play area with toys and other activities.

Jason Cruse is slowly implementing changes to make the business run smoother and freshening up the menu and website. Some new items being showcased include veggie friendly housemade beet chips with blue cheese fondue dip, Salmon with spring pea and asparagus risotto, a fried chicken sandwich in the place of the old chicken wrap, more salads like a farmhouse kale salad and steak salad with salmon as a possible addition to any of them. Don’t worry though, Jason says “We kept all the great burgers that were here before.”

What about the brewery? It’s Cruse and his partner dream to open one and they think IBU may have the space to build one once the updates are implemented and business is back on track.

Stop into IBU to check out the changes and let us know what you think – 4439 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, OR 97221. New website at https://www.ibupdx.com

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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


  • Eric
    Wed Jul 5, 2017 11:53 PM

    Thank you for the informative article. Just an FYI- the two paragraphs near the end are nearly identical. I’m thinking one was meant to be deleted. Slainte

    • robc
      Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:27 PM

      Jason, please don’t make it so family friendly that it becomes more playground than tap house. Sasquatch did that and it makes for a terrible atmosphere.