GABF 2017: A recap

The Great American Beer Festival has come to represent a benchmark for our entire organization. Each year, the brewers get an opportunity to submit their beers for professional judging. What’s more, we get to send a group as diverse as Pub Servers, Staff Brewers, and HR Managers to go to Denver and feel the immense power of the craft beer industry first hand.

GABF 2017 is the largest in it’s storied history. As craft beer continues to grow, this festival will surely keep growing too!

For us, 2017 is about our own growth, as well. With the addition of our 10bbl Brewery and Pub, we have another location to create beers from. Per festival guidelines, each brewing location can submit 4 beers apiece, and so we sent our full 12. We relish the opportunity to send more beers, because it closes a feedback loop for us. Specifically, we get notes from the judges on each beer sent.

The culmination happened on Saturday, October 7-the date of the awards ceremony. With 7,923 beers judged, we felt our 12 might have a small chance of placing. Our group was a bunch of nervous Nellies! Relief came quickly, as we took Bronze for our Rye Curious? in the 14th category: Rye Beer. This beer is brewed in our Dekum brewery and has become one of our more decorated beers. We love to brew this beer at our Dekum location because of the advantages of brewing on a direct-fire system. In short, we see a little more caramelization on the malts we use here.

Not long after, we took a second Bronze for our Passionfruit Sour! This beer competed in the 25th category: Fruited American-Style Sour Ale. The Passionfruit Sour has come a long way: it started as a Berlinerweisse, but we’ve come to want more tart! Our first batch was only 7 barrels. Within a couple years, we scaled it up to a quarterly draft release, and then added 22 oz bottles. Nowadays, you can find Passionfruit Sour on draft and in 22s for six months out of the year. Lacto fermented beers and Passionfruit, what a great combo!

Feeling good now, we watched many of our friends and brewers we admire walk on stage to shake hands with “the rock star”. The real story of this festival is about the growth of our industry, nation-wide. Styles are evolving, new categories are being added, and the creative spirit in American brewing is at an all time high. When we look at the success of our company, we’re often reminded of the rising tide that lifts all boats.

As the festival moved from Lagers to Ales, we ran into a stretch where we had a higher frequency of contended categories. Between category 52 and 60, we had 4 beers entered. It was category 59 that saw our first medal from the new brewery: American-Style Strong Pale Ale- A bronze for Stay West. Wow! Stay West is our homage to the Southern California IPA. We truly feel that the first world class IPA’s were born in and around San Diego. This medal validates much of the hard work that we’ve put into developing this recipe. We plan to release this beer to six-packs within the next month, or so.

The mother of all categories at GABF is the American India Pale Ale. It’s the 60th category in sequence, but the festival announces it last. This year, 408 beers were submitted to judging. When the category was called the first word was Breakside- we won a bronze! Until today, the biggest day in our history was the day that our flagship IPA took gold at GABF in 2014. That year, there were 215 contestants. As you might guess, we’ve brewed that beer A LOT over the years. It’s burned into the bedrock of what we do as a brewery. Every person in our company has a hand in this beer. And so, to get a medal in this very prestigious category is a medal for our whole crew. This is why we do what we do.


When we first started going to GABF, we sent 2 or 3 people to represent our company. As we’ve grown, we have learned that this is a perk for the company. Work for us for 2 years, and you have eligibility to go to GABF. It doesn’t matter if you wash dishes for us, or if you are the CEO- you get the chance to go. It gives each year its own story. Its own personality. And just as much as the medals give us a sense of accomplishment, seeing the joy of our hard-working people share in that is worth its weight in gold (or bronze as it may be!).




October Brews & Seattle News!!

We’ve got a ton of exciting events in Seattle this week – join our team at the following spots around town:

Beers with Breakside at Brouwers Cafe – Wednesday October 11 6-9pm – Featuring Director of Brewing Operations Jacob Leonard – pouring small batch beers including Beachcomber Rum-BA Belgian Golden & Strawberry Ballyhoo BA-Sour

Brewer’s Night at The Beer Junction – Thursday October 12 5-8pm – We will be showcasing some new and limited beers including our Mic Drop IPA, Bazooka Face ISA, What Rough Beast New England IPA, First Blanche Wit, and our classic Pilsner!

Fresh Hop Festival at Beveridge Place Pub – Saturday October 14 12-6pm – a festival of epic proportions pouring the best from around the PNW – we will be pouring Fresh Hop Cascade Wanderlust & What Fresh Beast Mosaic NE-IPA

GABF 2017

The Breakside crew is rolling into Denver, CO this October for the Great American Beer Festival!!!

In addition to our festival booth – here’s where you can find us & our delicious beers that week:

Oct 1 – Lupulin Fiasco at K9 Club & Taphouse – Lafayette, CO

Oct 4 – All-Star IPA Showdown at Falling Rock Taphouse – Denver, CO – All the beers you’ve always wanted under one roof with some of your favorite people. A showcase of cutting edge breweries from East Coast and West Coast and their most badass IPAs, some of which were brewed exclusivley for this epic throwdown!

Oct 5 – CSA Takeover at Goed Zuur – Denver, CO

Loyal Legion Second Anniversary Party: 7/13 to 7/16

Thursday, July 13th to Sunday, July 16th  ::  710 SE 6th Avenue PORTLAND, OR 97214

Join us as we celebrate the second anniversary of Loyal Legion. We’re really excited to be a part of this event, featuring our most extensive tap takeover in the history of Breakside. We’re still finalizing the numbers, but we’ll be pouring 35 to 45 different beers on tap!

Oh, and $2 Breakside Pilsners.

Get more info here


Vancouver, BC – Beer Week Festival

2017 VCBW Festival

Saturday June 3 – Sunday June 4

PNE Playland Fairgrounds – Vancouver, BC

Breakside will be pouring Wanderlust IPA & Passionfruit Sour!

Featuring 100+ Craft Breweries and Cideries pouring over 300 beers and ciders, 4 stages with live music and djs,12 food trucks, a full games area with bocce, pinball alley, foos ball, and frisbee, a pop-up barber shop and much, much more to be announced!


Breakside Lazy Luaua :: April 26 @ Westcoast Drinkery

Join us for our Passionfruit Sour release party!

On April 26th, we’ll be posting up at the Westcoast Drinkery (map) in SW Portland for a day of pizza and beer.

Come for the Hawaiian pizza and chilled out island vibes, stick around to celebrate the return of our official summer seasonal: Passionfruit Sour Ale.


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White Owl Derby Party :: May 6, 2017

Join Breakside Brewery and the White Owl Social Club for an exciting day of horse racing! We’ll be taking over all the tap handles at the White Owl Social Club (map), in what you might call “a beer derby”.

Besides Breakside beers, the day will feature a horse auction for the betting gambler in all of us, along with complimentary brunch and mimosas.

DERBY ATTIRE IS REQUIRED!!  So, don’t forget to bring your loudest hat.

Rainbows and Unicorns 2017 Contest!

Breakside Rainbows and Unicorns 2017 design contest.

Breakside is excited to bring our draft- only release, “Rainbows and Unicorns” to life! This Session IPA is quickly becoming one of our most popular releases. Rainbows and Unicorns was originally made for the Oregon Brewers Fest; brewed with flaked rice to create as light bodied a beer as possible with juicy, tropical, and fruity hop flavors, alongside notes of peach, honeydew, apricot and pineapple. To finish, we use three hop varietals: Galaxy, Comet, and El Dorado.

To commemorate this year’s release, we’re looking for a winning design to put onto a tee shirt. The contest will break into two parts. The first part is the submission of designs via e-mail, from which the company will select 3 top choices. Those three designs will be posted to Breakside social media for fan voting, beginning on March 4th and closing on March 9th. The final product will be released at the Breakside Dekum Brewpub on the day the beer will be released. Breakside will donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to the Woodlawn Elementary School.

How do I enter?

Entries will be submitted via e-mail to [email protected] with the subject line “Rainbows and Unicorns 2017 design contest”. Entry format will be accepted in the format of jpeg or pdf. Refer to design specs for parameters of a winning design.

When is the deadline?

Entries must be received by March 2, 2017 in order to be considered.


In addition to having your artwork printed on a limited edition tee shirt, Breakside will give you a $250 credit that can be used in any combination of food, beer, or merchandise. A royalty, per tee shirt will be paid out to the winning artist.

Design Specs

All entries will be judged based on creativity and the ability to express the Breakside Brewery brand in a respectful manner. Please limit the number of colors used in the design to a maximum of 6. The design must be in a digital format to be considered. Hand drawn entries should be scanned and optimized per the artist’s vision. There may need to be an additional round of revisions after submission, in order to guarantee a successful transition to fabric. In such case, the artist will be consulted and granted final say.



*By entering the contest, entrants agree to assign their copywrite and trademark rights to Breakside Brewery LLC (“Sponsor”) and permit Sponsor to use the submitted design in any media, including merchandise, the Internet, or any purpose whatsoever.

Collaboration brews with Lewis & Clark College

For the past 3 years, Breakside Brewery and Lewis & Clark College have partnered to offer a course in brewing and the business of beer for students interested in the craft beer industry. Sponsored by Lewis & Clark’s Center for Entrepreneurship, the course is instructed by Breakside brewmaster Ben Edmunds and R&D brewer Will Jaquiss. The course is a comprehensive introduction to the beer industry, designed to prepare students with a practical understanding of how beer is designed, developed, produced and sold. The course focuses on three intertwined elements of brewing: fermentation science, beer as a business, and beer as an artisan craft, and students develop a broad understanding of the skills and theory needed to understand and/or join the beer industry.

In the capstone project of the course students split into small groups and each brew a beer of their own design on Breakside’s 3 barrel pilot system. The students work closely with Breakside’s brewing staff to select raw materials, develop a recipe, and create a sales plan for the beer. In the final class of the semester, the beers are evaluated by brewers from other breweries in Portland, so the students get real-time feedback from sources other than their day-to-day instructors. Unlike other brewing seminars for students, these beers are actually sold to the public and marketed just like any of Breakside’s other beers.

Breakside and Lewis & Clark are excited to announce the release of this year’s three student-brewed beers.

The Beers:
Going Golden
American Summer Ale 5.3% ABV 22 IBUs
This hoppy golden ale is equally refreshing and complex. it features the new Enigma hop, which has notes of apricot and peach, as well as touch of Mosaic and Cascade hops.

Sunny Day Wit
Hoppy Belgian Wheat 4.1% ABV 15 IBU
This is an interpretation of a Belgian witbier with the addition of more flavoring and aroma hops than would be found in a classic version. The hard-to-find Huell Melon hop, featured here, provides beautiful notes of honeydew and grass.

Royal Baby
American ESB 5.8% ABV 35 IBU
An American take on the classic English-style ESB, with a spicy, citrus aroma from both English and American hops, and a rounded mouthfeel from the addition of Torrified Wheat.

All three beers will be available at Breakside’s two locations in late April and early May, until the batches run out.

A perfect pairing: February 27

This weekend at the Breakside Brewpub, we’re serving a Sonoran-Style Sausage that we think pairs perfectly with both, our Tropicalia and Nick’s Dunkel.


mmmmm, sausage


A bit about the food: We’re using Zenner’s double smoked sausage stuffed with bacon and cheddar, and topping it with a combination of (more) bacon, (more) cheddar, house salsa, a homemade avocado sauce, and cilantro.

With the Dunkel, Munich malts interplay perfectly with the bacon and sausage, combining smoke with sweet. We find that it harkens to a traditional German pairing of some of the spicier dogs with Munchener. Cheddar and Dunkel play well together.

As for the Tropicalia, it’s all about the heat! Some of the spice from Breakside’s house made salsa really bring forth the lychee fruit in the Tropicalia. We think the aji amarillo peppers in the beer help us to achieve the “Sanoran” side of our creation.

Either way you go, we think you’ll love it. Come on down this weekend and let us know what you think!

Our night at the first annual Oregon Beer Awards.

On the evening of February 23, the Doug Fir lounge hosted the first annual Oregon Beer Awards.  An event organized by Willammette Week, the ceremony seeks to recognize excellent work in the craft beer community.


Breakside received acclaim in 4 different categories:

Bronze in best Sour or Wild ale for La Tormenta

Silver in best IPA for Breakside IPA

Silver in best Brewpub experience

Gold in Brewery of the Year


The night was summed up nicely Alex Ganum, of Upright Brewing.  Accepting the honor of ‘Beer of the Year’ for his excellent Engelberg Pils.  Alex deflected the honor to his inspiration, Caldera Pilsner.  “When I first moved to Portland, Caldera Pilsner was the best German Pilsner I could find.”  His speech summed up the feeling of just about every brewer in the room.  From Widmer to Deschutes to Double Mountain to The Commons to Ex Novo, at some point an Oregon beer washed across their lips and into their dreams.


For the Breakside crew, we got a sense of that legacy by observing those in attendance.  Steve Jones of Cheese Bar, Jerome Chicvara of Maletis, Doug Rehberg of Widmer, amongst many new faces to the industry.  There was no sense of competition.  We were there to celebrate beer!


And in the end, beer was the real winner.  The individual awards are just validation for the hard work that goes into creation, reflection and repetition.  Each one, a mosaic of the hundreds of beers that poured before it.  In honor of that, we only hope to inspire some future beer, some future brewpub, some future brewery.




PDX Oyster week – Beer + Oysters with Jacob Leonard – Wed Feb 11th

oysterJoin us Wednesday for a night of pairing beer with oysters at the Breakside Brewpub in North Portland!
On February 11th, Jacob Leonard will join Ethan Powell and Tobias Hogan to talk about pairing beer with Oysters. The event starts at 6:30 pm at the Breakside Pub location on N.E. Dekum St. Tickets are $25/person and are available here. (Ignore the weird $35 ticket price below, the tickets are $25, it’s a strange glitch).

Ethan Powell and Tobias Hogan are Portland’s oyster experts – they’re who the top restaurants in Portland buy their oysters from and nobody in this city knows more about these briny bivalves than these two guys. Jacob Leonard is the Director of Brewery Operations at Breakside Brewery and makes some really tasty craft beer.  His extensive knowledge of beer from grain to glass is as deep as the ocean! There’ll be plenty of beer and oysters to go around. Plus, all three guys are happy to answer any of your oyster + beer questions.

We’re a day out, and it looks like there’s a couple of seats left.  Get ’em while you can!

  • Date: Wednesday, Feb 11th
  • Time: 6:30pm
  • Tickets: $25

Breakside Collaboration with Transition Projects

It has been nearly 5 years since we first opened our doors in the Woodlawn neighborhood. We’ve made a lot of friends, become a part of some wonderful families, and have received a bounty of support from our loyal customers. Sometimes, it feels almost too good to be true.

From this place of gratitude, we bring news of our first major venture in volunteerism: a Breakside collaboration with Transition Projects.

Transition Projects has been serving the public good for over 40 years!  Through care and compassion, they have helped to transition Portland’s homeless population into housing.  The Bud Clark Commons buzzes, daily, with the tireless efforts of mentors and case managers, collaborating with families in need.

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So, on a grey morning in December, we sent some of our staff to the Bud Clark Commons for volunteer work with the folks at Transition Projects.  The day was spent sorting and organizing the massive donations made in the lead up to the holidays.  We got an inside glimpse of a well run non-profit, and some quality team bonding!  That was only the beginning….


Donation bin at our brewpub

For the month of February, the brewpub and the brewery will be accepting donations to Transition Projects.  Specifically, we’re looking for warm clothing, bedding, socks, towels, pillows, and hygiene products (unused).  You will see donation bins outside of our brewpub and in the tasting room of the brewery.  If you’re coming in for a pint, don’t forget to bring a donation!

Also, in February, we’ll be sending a staff of 8 servers and chefs to cook up a delicious meal for the Clark Center.  We’re still working on the menu, but are certain that 90 people will be well-fed on the evening of Feb 10.

Collaboration is at the heart of our industry.  Brewers gain inspiration from working with others and feeding off of their energy.  At Breakside, we realize that inspiration can come from anywhere.  And to those who are out there trying to better their life, and the lives of others- you are our inspiration.  Thank you.

PDX Beer Week: Daily Breakside Events Thru June 15


PDX Beer Week is here!  Breakside is thrilled to be featured among the best beer and culinary minds in our great city.  With over a week full of interesting events, we’re going to be pretty busy.  Have a look at what we’ll be taking part in!

Thursday: June 5 Masters of Lager @ Imperial 

Breakside’s signature Pilsner on draft

Saturday-Sunday: June 7-8 Fruit Beer Fest @ Burnside Brewing

Passionfruit Sour is our entry. Beaujolais avec Brett on tap in the specialty tent.

Monday: June 9 Randall Night at Belmont Station

Apollo & Dionysus being poured through a Randall filled with chrysanthemum

Tuesday: June 10 Mussels from Brussels 5-10 PM @ Bazi Bierbrasserie

Breakside designs a mussel dish and serves it with a beer of our choice in a face off against three other breweries (Upright, pFriem, Lompoc). We are pairing French Fennel Farmhouse with mussels/frites in a white wine/garlic and radish sauce with radish pesto and pickled shallot.

Wednesday: June 11 Passionfruit Bottle Release @ Tin Bucket

Official bottle release of Passionfruit Sour Ale as well as other beers on tap.

Thursday: June 12 Five Different PDX Beer Week Events

  1. Weird Beer Night @ Imperial Bottle Shop – “La Transpacifique” sour on tap
  2.  Local Food Hero Awards @ Ecotrust Building – Sampling of 3 of our beers all paired with goat cooked by John Gorham
  3. Wild and Sour Beer Seminar – Panel discussion on production of Brett and sour beers with brewers from Cascade, Block 15, De Garde, and us.
  4. OMSI Event – IPA being poured as part of a Travel Portland gala. Food and beer and brewers!
  5. Beer and Wine Together Forever @ SE Wine Collective – Four of our beers paired with four dishes and four wines showing that wine and beer don’t have to be viewed as “opposed.” Designed to introduce wine folks to beer and vice-versa. BB Aztec, Beaujolais avec Brett, IPA, Pilsner in bottles.

Friday: June 13

  1. Barrel-Aged Beer Seminar – Another panel discussion, this time on barrel-aged beers that aren’t sour. Breakside, Deschutes, Oakshire, Gigantic, and Widmer featured.Widmer-30-Years-Saison-a-Fleurs-Breakside-Brewery-Collab
  2. Saison a Fleurs Release at Saraveza – Official release of our collaboration beer with Widmer Bros. The bottle release of Saison a Fleurs, along with draft versions of Apollo & Dionysus and Aquavit BA Saison. Kolsch and Passionfruit Sour also on tap.
  3.  IPA Blind Taste-Off – Exactly what it sounds like. Details TBD.
  4.  Rye Beer Fest @ The East Burn – Festival of beers that use rye. Either Brett Rye IPA or A Saison in Hell on tap.
  5. Drunken Cobbler @ Art Museum – Discussion and presentation of beers inspired by the painting the Drunken Cobbler. We’ll debut the draft of The Man Who Made Dessert, our 100% Brett beer fermented on Turkish apricots.

Saturday: June 15 Beer & Cheese Fest at Burnside Brewing Co.

11 breweries with one beer each paired with a cheese from Steve Jones of Cheese Bar