5th Annual Brews For New Avenues – 8/27


Join us on Saturday, August 27th for the 5th Annual Brews for New Avenues at Left Bank Annex. There’ll be a live auction of rare beers, awesome raffle prizes, food carts including Pulehu Pizza and Koi Fusion, live music from The Student Loan String Band and Dirty Revival, and much more. Get the details HERE.

The best part? All proceeds from this unique craft beer event support New Avenues for Youth, a non-profit dedicated to addressing youth homelessness!

Back to the Future: Looking Into our Crystal Ball about what’s next in IPAs

Back to the Future IPA (aka BTTF) is the third release in our series of rotating draft-only IPAs for the year. BTTF is a departure from the previous two releases in the series: Tall Guy IPA and Rainbows & Unicorns. Those two are beers we’ve brewed a number of times and have more or less “set” recipes. By contrast, Back to the Future is a beer that always changes, both each year and– in this year’s incarnations– each batch.

Breakside-Brewery-Back-to-the-Future-IPAWe first brewed this beer in 2015 as a cross-border collaboration with our friends at Fremont Brewing in Seattle. The idea was to brew similar-yet-distinct beers for Seattle and Portland Beer Week using varietals that we thought might be the “next hot hop.” When we brewed that beer, we also incorporated a lot of other ideas that we had about new ways to make IPAs that weren’t directly connected to hops as well.

Specifically, we used BTTF 2015 to explore some questions we had about the use of flaked grains in IPAs. We also trialed a much softer water profile than we normally use with our IPAs. As with any trial, there were parts of the 2015 version that we liked and learned from, and elements that we didn’t. The things that we liked are now incorporated into many of our other hoppy beers. Both Lunch Break and Tall Guy use a good portion of flaked barley in the malt bill, for example. The hops that we used BTTF 2015– Ella and Azacca– have both found a home in our hop schedules for several other beers, including Hop Delivery Mechanism and Imperial Red.

This year, we’ve revived BTTF in the same spirit, brewing it with combinations of hops that we think have a lot of promise and using this beer as an opportunity for us to explore some “new directions” in making IPAs. Distilling it down to 3 key areas, this year’s Back to the Future IPAs are exploring the following territory:
Pairing a new and interesting hop (Topaz, Lemondrop, Idaho 7) with hops that are already beloved (Mosaic, Citra, and Ella). Each batch of this beer focuses on a different combination of those hops. The first batch, which is currently on the market, is heavy on Topaz and Mosaic. The second round of brews will be mainly Citra and Lemondrop. The final batches– the ones that will be hitting the market in August– will use Ella and Idaho 7.

We are using a different yeast strain with this beer this year, and it seems to respond to American hops differently than our normal house ale strain. Many East Coast brewers have been featuring English yeast strains in their hoppy beers; in our case, we’re seeing what happens by brewing an IPA with a Kolsch-type yeast strain.

Finally, the malt: as most any fan of Breakside knows, we like making austere IPAs. Wanderlust is a great example of this– it’s just Two Row and Munich malt. In the last year or two we’ve played a lot with flaked grains and also with “bigger bodied” hoppy beers (the latter due to the influence of our friends at Fat Head’s), so we wanted to get back to our roots with this and focus on a very simple grain bill. BTTF is composed entirely of American Two Row and British Golden Promise malts. The challenge when using only base malts in an American hoppy beer is that the lack of character and crystal malts can cause bitterness to be more pronounced. So, we’ve really tried to figure out what the optimal balance between IBUs and malt is for BTTF.

We’re pretty excited to test and taste these new ideas, and based on the response to the first batch, our customers seem excited about it too. Back to the Future will be available on draft through the end of September at Breakside’s pub and taproom as well as at select accounts in OR, WA, BC, HI, and Northern CA. If you try this beer at one of our spots, be sure to ask about which version is on tap; many bars and restaurants that get a keg may not know which version the beer is, but they can always reference the batch number for the curious-minded, and you can check it against the list of batches below.


Back to the Future 2016 Batch #s and Hop Variants
#529: Topaz and Mosaic (currently out to market)
#537: Lemondrop and Citra (will be released to market 7/20)
#545: Lemondrop and Citra (due to release ~8/1)
#TBD: Idaho 7 and Ella (due to release ~8/25)

Breakside & Friends Puckerfest Kickoff Party & Passion Fruit Sour Ale Release


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Tuesday, July 19 | 5-7 PM

Join the Breakside gang and a whole bunch of their brewer friends as we celebrate the release of this year’s Passionfruit Sour Ale.  In addition we’ll be kicking off  Puckerfest 10 with a sneak preview of three other sours that will be released in August:

  • Carte Blanche — Gin meets Brett meets hops- a blend of some of our favorite flavors
  • God Only Knows —  Bourbon Barrel-Aged Sour Ale With Coconut
  • Next Thursday — Pinot Noir and fruit-forward golden ale with a background of Bourbon and Brett. In collaboration with Alesong.
That’s what Breakside is pouring. Here’s what their friends are bringing:
  • Ale Apothecary – La Tache spiced with white fir tips. ON CASK
  • Alesong – Strawberry Gose
  • Boneyard – Gooze Cruze
  • Culmination –  2015 Kriek Lambicus
  • Upright – TBA

Breakside Milwaukie Summer Luau

Breakside Brewery celebrates the sun, refreshingly crisp, hoppy and tart beers, Hawaiian-style BBQ and family friendly games and entertainment at the 3rd annual Summer Luau at our Milwaukie, Oregon Tasting Room & Brewery. As one of the only times of the year that the Tasting Room is kid friendly, the brewery features the release of it’s most popular seasonal, Passionfruit Sour Ale and it’s Hawaiian influence with music, games and great beers on Saturday, July 23rd from Noon to 8pm.

Breakside’s Chef Mike Delaney will be cooking up a Hawaiian-themed menu with meat and veggies and specials like his famous Kahlua Pork.

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The tasting room will be Randall infusing a keg of Wanderlust IPA with fresh cut Mangos and that’s in addition to a new batch of the beloved Passionfruit Sour Ale on tap.

  • There will be a kids corner & activity packs for the little rugrats.
  • Passionfruit Sour Ale release.
  • Outdoor misters.
  • Kiddie soaking pool.


RSVP on the Facebook event here!

Breakside Milwaukie Summer Luau

Saturday, July 23rd Noon – 8pm
$15 for a glass plus 4 tickets for tasters.
Breakside Brewery Milwaukie Tasting Room & Brewery
5821 SE International Way
Milwaukie, OR 97222

Seattle Beer Week — 5/12 – 5/22

The 8th annual Seattle Beer Week is officially underway! Between May 12th – 22nd, the Emerald City will play host to over 200 beer events. Enjoy beer from around the world and make sure to stop by the events below for a Breakside brew.

sbw_logo_main5/14:  4th Annual Rye Fest at Reubens
5/14:  NWIPA Run The Taps at Chuck’s Hop Shop Central District
5/17:  Can You Handle My Randall at Pinebox
5/17:  Click “Best Coast” Night at Beveridge Place
5/18:  Oregon Brewers Night at Naked City


Bailey’s Taproom 6th Annual Germanfest – 4/23

Celebrate German beer with Bailey’s Taproom!

Bailey’s Taproom is hosting their 6th Annual Germanfest this Saturday, April 23rd! Beginning at noon, they’ll be offering a full line up of German-style beers from Oregon breweries. Make sure to grab a pint of Breakside’s Dunkel. At 6pm, the party will move upstairs to The Upper Lip for a German-inspired chronology of electronic music (Krautrock or Berlin School if you will). Stay ’til Midnight!

Check out the full list of beers here.


Reingeitsge-Not Beerfest at Baerlic Brewing – 4/23

The German Beer Purity Law of 1516, Reinheitsgebot, turns 500 years old on April 23rd, 2016. The purity law states that beer may only be made from water, barley, hops and yeast. But, rules were made to broken and Baerlic Brewing is celebrating the NW brewing rebels with a “Not Beerfest”. Come out to their taproom on Saturday from 12pm – 5pm to try some truly unique beers. Our English Golden Ale with Lemon and Earl Grey Tea will be available alongside brews from the likes of Ex Novo Brewing, Fat Head’s Portland, Fremont Brewing Company, Gigantic Brewing Company, Ground Breaker Brewing, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Occidental Brewing Company, Payette Brewing Co., Stormbreaker Brewing and more. 

Tickets are $20 each and include a souvenir glass and 8 taster tickets.
21 and up only please. Get your ticket here »


India Golden Ale Release Parties – 4/7, 4/8, 4/19

Our award-winning India Golden Ale is back for Spring/Summer 2016 and we’re celebrating with a couple of release parties. Check out info below and join us at the event nearest you! This Double IPA is light in body, light in color and heavy in hops and citrus aroma, making it the perfect beer for the sunny, warm days ahead.


2016 India Golden Ale Release Parties

India-Golden-Aleb2 Taphouse
Salem, OR
Thursday, April 7th 6-8pm

  • 10 beers on tap
  • IGA bottles to go
  • Meet the Brewer

Ben’s Bottle Shop
Vancouver, WA
Friday, April 8th 3-6pm
Beer List:

  • India Golden Ale – Bottles & Draft
  • Breakside IPA
  • Bergamot Special Bitter
  • Breakside Pilsner
  • Fitzcarraldo
  • Rainbows & Unicorns Session Rice IPA

Special Brews
Lynnwood, WA
Tuesday, April 19th 6-8pm
Come enjoy a pint and take a few bottles home of the lightest, hoppiest double IPA you’ll ever taste!

Breakside Brewers Dinner at Kachka – 2/29

kachkaCelebrate Leap Day at Kachka, as it hosts its first beer dinner, pairing traditional Russian foods with Breakside beers, on February 29th.

Chef Bonnie Morales has created a 5 course menu using traditional flavors from the former Soviet Union and Brewmaster Ben Edmunds paired each course with a complimentary brew.

This special evening will be held at Kachka, 720 SE Grand Ave, Portland with two seatings: 5:30pm or 8pm. $65 per person excluding gratuity. For reservations, call Kachka at 503.235.0059 or email [email protected].

You won’t want to miss this special evening of offerings from Kachka and Breakside. Check out the menu below.


Beer Plate: Pickles, grenki, semechki, taranka , sprats, whipped salo.
Wisco Tavern Beer, Cream Ale

Diver Scallop Stroganina: Siberian style shaved raw scallop. Sea buckthorn berry vinaigrette, ice lettuce, Murray River salt.
La Tormenta, ​Dry-hopped Sour Ale

Buzhenina: Kvass poached pork loin. Kvass molasses. Shaved celery, pickled apricot salad. Crispy barley.
Rye Curious?, Rye Ale

Chebureki: Crimean lamb hand pie. Adjika. Tkemali.
ESB, ​English Pale Ale

Chicken in a Clay Pot: Chicken braised in smetana with porcini, sour cherries and garlic. Draniki.
Cedarbaumbier, Wheat Beer with Cedar

Beer Oreshki: Nut cookies filled with milk caramel, walnuts, chicory molasses and beer syrup.
Apollo & Dionysus, Gin Barrel-Aged Saison with Flowers

Breakside Party at Hophouse – 2/25

Breakside IPA just won a month-long blind tasting contest sponsored by Hawthorne Hophouse and 15th Avenue Hophouse. We were up against Oregon IPAs from Barley Brown, Crux, Gigantic, Double Mountain, Boneyard, Fort George, Pfriem, Ex Novo, Drinking Horse, Buoy and Laurelwood. It was a tough competition and we couldn’t be more stoked on our win!

Join us on February 25th at the 15th Avenue Hophouse (1517 NE Brazee St, Portland) to celebrate. Festivities begin at 4pm, with 8 Breakside beers on tap and $3 pints of IPA ($1 if you chose Breakside during the challenge). There will be special tappings and Breakside brewers present.


Oregon Beer Awards 2016 – 2/23

Attend Oregon’s only state-wide beer awards ceremony on February 23rd at Revolution Hall. The Oregon Beer Awards recognize our state’s top beers, breweries, bars and festivals. Winners will be revealed “Emmys-style” with comedian Amy Miller serving as Master of Ceremonies and brewer band Black Lodge (Ron Gansberg, John Harris) providing entertainment.

Tickets ($15) are on sale now and include a pint of award-winning beer and Bunk Bar sandwich samples. Learn more about the event and buy your ticket today.

Lundi Gras Beer Dinner at Tapalaya – 2/8


Join us for the 3rd Annual Lundi Gras Beer Dinner at Tapalaya on Monday, February 8th!

Kick off your Mardi Gras celebrations with a 10-course Caribbean Creole feast, live music, and Breakside beers poured by our Brewer, Ben Edmunds. Chef Anh Luu is creating a menu inspired by flavors of the Caribbean, focusing on Trinidad, to be served family-style at this lively event.

Tickets are $60 and include dinner, music, and generous pours of five beers.

Check out the menu and get your tickets today »

Tastings at your Neighborhood Grocery Store

Breakside regularly offers tastings at neighborhood grocery stores around Portland so that you can try our delicious beers while still getting your errands done. Check out upcoming dates and locations below. Cheers!

Breakside Flight of Beers

Breakside Night at The Beer Junction – 1/21

The Beer Junction in West Seattle is hosting a Breakside beer tasting on Thursday, January 21st!

The event will feature La Tormenta Dry Hopped Sour, Wanderlust IPA, Toro Spicy Red, Tall Guy IPA and Salted Caramel Stout. Also on tap, but not included in the tasting, will be the Pathfinder Double IPA Aged in Gin Barrels and Braggadocio Bourbon Aged London Porter (collaboration with Stone Brewing) and Safe Word Triple IPA!

Seattleites, come try our beer!

The Beer Junction Seattle Breakside Tasting

A Very Clackamas Christmas – 12/20

Please join us Sunday, 12/20 (5-8pm) at Breakside Brewery for holiday beer, cheer, local vendors & ugly sweaters!

Cold beer will be on tap & you can pick up last minute gifts from: Breakside, Mana Chocolate, Smashed- Boozie Jellies, Chris Haberman art, Fuller Foods, Lauren Goding wearable art, Green Card Salsa, NW Elixirs, Lucky Rabbit Granola, Adirondack In a Box & more!

W10914365294_eac0fbeefb_zhite elephant gift exchange at 6:45pm (bring something weird/cool/regifted under $10 to participate)

Ugly sweater contest winners announced at 7:45 (last call)

Canned food drive raffle- Bring a can of food for a raffle ticket to benefit the Oregon Food Bank. (5 max)

(Skip the maul! 5821 SE International Way, Milwaukie, OR 97222)

Vienna Coffee Beer Release Party – 12/12

Join us for the Vienna Coffee Beer Release Party this Saturday, December 12th 10am-3pm @ Velo Cult!

Presented by Velo Cult, Hammer Velo and Bullets & Belles

To celebrate this caffeinated release to warm your bones and get your blood pumping, we will be holding a release party at Velo Cult bike bar (1969 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97213) that begins with coffee, beer and FREE DONUTS (while they last) from Coco Donuts! After enjoying both versions of the beer (pints will be $5) and getting some sugar and carbs in, we will head out on a leisurely morning ride to Breakside’s Dekum brewpub at 10:30am.

Breakside’s flagship woodlawn brewpub will have $1 off pints of both versions of Vienna Coffee Beer when the bike ride arrives. At about Noon we will gather the riders back up to leave Breakside’s pub on NE Dekum to circle back to Velo Cult for lunch at 1pm with more beers and music from Bullets & Belles!


10am Beer & Donuts @ Velo Cult
1030am Morning Bike Ride to Breakside Brewpub
11pm $1 off Vienna Coffee Beer pints at Breakside
1pm Party back at Velo Cult with live music from Bullets & Belles

RSVP and invite friends on Facebook!

Vienna Coffee Beer description:

A Style-Defying Coffee Beer Brewed with Our Friends at Stumptown Coffee
A few years ago, we set out to create a new kind of coffee beer–instead of a stout or porter with coffee, we wanted to create a light colored, malt-forward, rich base beer which would dovetail into the nutty, chocolatey, and fruity flavors of a lightly roasted coffee.

Our Vienna Coffee Beer is the delicious result of this effort, achieved after numerous trial batches. We use three of our favorite ‘character malts’ — sweet Vienna, toasty Melanoidin and Hazelnut-like CaraMunich — Along with a rich base of English Golden Promise to create a base beer that doesn’t fit into any style category, but it matches perfectly with the lightly roasted cold brew provided to us with our friends at Stumptown Coffee. A cool fermentation and soft water profile allow the malt and coffee flavors to shine; we hope that you find this coffee beer to be as inventive and refreshing as we do. Cheers!

6.3% ABV
30 IBU
Malts: Two-Row, Golden Promise, Vienna, Malanoidin, Caramunich
Hops: Hallertau Blanc

Beaujolais Nouveau Day – 11/19

Join us for Beaujolais Nouveau Day – a street festival celebrating food, wine and harvest! The event will take place on November 19th, from 6pm – 10pm, right outside of St. Jack on NW 23rd and Raleigh. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 the day of, with all proceeds going to The Portland Kitchen. Tickets are limited so your reserve your spot now by email ([email protected]) or by phone (503-360-1281). With all of the amazing chefs, wineries, and restaurants participating in Beaujolais Nouveau Day, it’s sure to be a good time. Don’t miss it!