“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