Brian Koch is the owner of North Portland’s Lombard House pub, and like many others he is grappling with a pandemic, a pivot to delivery, and worldwide protests of an unjust system that have implications far more important than beer and bars.
Breakside Brewery will be celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2020, changing up their seasonal lineup, adding new year-rounds and new series of beers. With two Portland brewpubs and a production facility in Milwaukie, OR, Breakside is continuing to show-off their diverse lineup and ability to brew a wide range of beers from all three locations. The 10th anniversary celebration features collaborations with national and Oregon brewers and kicks off with Seattle’s Cloudburst Brewing on Star Sprinkles IPA.
Ben Edmunds, brewmaster for Breakside Brewery, said, “The brewing staff and I are thrilled to offer our customers this set of diverse and ambitious beers in 2020. As everyone in the craft beer industry knows, quality and innovation are essential to success these days. We’ll be releasing at least 30 NEW brands from the production brewery in addition to the beloved core beers that we make. We want to give Breakside fans beers that are delicious, novel, and fresh every time they grab one of our cans, bottles, or pints. I hope folks will try out many of our new offerings— especially our collaboration beers with friends from around the country— and that they’ll also revisit our award-winning flagship IPAs.”
Some highlights that are on the horizon for 2020 include:
Year-Round Series Changes:Rainbows & Unicorns, an extremely popular seasonal beer, now makes its way to the year-round lineup in six packs and draft. The Seeker Can IPA Series will continue with at least six new beers in the lineup – one introduced every 6-8 weeks. The signature Breakside IPA, Wanderlust IPA, Pilsner, True Gold and Stay West IPA remain as part of the core lineup in 2020.
Seasonal Streamline: The brewery’s core seasonal lineup will focus on three main beers, starting out the year with Salted Caramel Stout and following with Passionfruit Sour Ale in March. A new seasonal beer rounds out the year starting in September.
10 Year Anniversary Collaboration Series: To help celebrate Breakside’s 10-Year Anniversary, it will be partnering with breweries from around the country on 12 different beers throughout the year – each new beer introduced every 5-6 weeks. Some partners include – Cloudburst, Fremont, Pinthouse, Fat Head’s, Lost Abbey, Sun King, La Cumbre, Figueroa Mountain, and Cambridge.
As usual, Breakside will continue to offer more experimental, barrel-aged and sour beers throughout 2020.
About Breakside Brewery
Breakside Brewery opened in 2010 in Northeast Portland as a restaurant and pub brewery and has grown to be a highly regarded regional brewery producing 30,000 barrels annually. The brewery is known for its broad portfolio of award-winning, innovative beers. In 2013, Breakside expanded operations to Milwaukie, OR with a production facility and taproom capable of producing 40,000 barrels of beer per year. The brewery opened its third location in 2017— a lively brewpub in the Slabtown district of Northwest Portland. In 2019, Breakside became one of only a handful of employee-owned breweries in the country.
In addition to winning many national, international, and regional awards for its beers, Breakside was named Brewery of the Year in 2017 and 2019 at the Oregon Beer Awards and the 2018 Best of Craft Beer Awards. Breakside sells beer on draft and in package in Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts, and Northern California. www.breakside.com
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.