We first broke the news that Tualatin, Oregon-based Ancestry Brewing was opening a Portland location on southeast Hawthorne boulevard in April. Just two months later, Ancestry Brewing is set to soft open to the public under a temporary license on weekends starting this Friday and Saturday, June 14th and 15th from noon – 10pm.
Ancestry Brewing is an unusual successful brewery, unusual in that they make a lot of old school and currently unpopular British Ales and they don’t do much marketing. Ancestry does have one of the few full service brewpub options in the Tualatin-area, clear bold branding, hearty down home pub food, and classic ales that people used to enjoy in the 90’s that you don’t find as much in the city. Though, to be fair they also make hazy IPA and other beers of the moment.
Ancestry Brewing Hawthorne has a lot to like, it’s slicker, more stylish and loungey than their Tualatin and Sellwood locations, owing to the former tenant Chapel Hill Pub. This fairly spacious, medium-sized taproom seats around 85 inside and probably the same amount on their great backyard beer garden. The new spot also has a much larger kitchen than other locations and a hell of a lot more taps, there will be 56. But, only about 27 will be pouring right off the bat, it’s unclear if Ancestry Brewing would even be able to fill the full possible output of draft lines. We may see more draft cold brew, kombucha and cider filling out 20ish lines of Ancestry. The alcohol options will be strictly beer and cider, no hard liquor, but plenty of coffee next door.