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.

Breakside Takeover at Bailey’s Taproom NYE – 12/31

Ring in the new year with a Breakside Tap Takeover at Bailey’s Taproom!

It’s time to say goodbye to 2016! Come celebrate in Portland at Bailey’s Taproom. DJ Tony Stewart will be playing house & hip-hop gems and all your favorite Breakside brews will be on tap. The party goes from 9pm -2am and there’s plenty of public transport options nearby. A $5 Cover gets you in and includes a complimentary glass of bubbles for the midnight toast. Happy Brew Years!!!

RSVP on Facebook now »

Breakside Takeover Bailey's Taproom Taplist:

  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Aztec
  • Salted Caramel Stout
  • Vienna Coffee Beer
  • Fourth Wave Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Beer
  • Wanderlust IPA
  • Breakside Pilsner
  • Kissing Cousins Gose with honey & sea salt
  • Ice Fishing in America Gin Barrel-Aged Wisco Tavern Beer
  • La Tormenta Dry-Hopped Kettle Sour Ale
  • Mic Drop Imperial IPA

A Very Clackamas Xmas – 12/18

Join us at the Taproom for A Very Clackamas Xmas, Episode III

Come out to Breakside’s Milwaukie location on Sunday, 12/18 from 5-8pm for holiday beer, cheer, local vendors & ugly sweaters! Cold beer will be on tap & you can pick up last minute gifts from: Breakside,Portland Cider Co., Smashed-Boozie Jams, Chris Haberman art, Fuller Foods, Carlie’s Crumpets & Curds, Alena Botanica, Sans Johnny Gifts, Wood Grain Crafts, chair massage from Revive & more!

White 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. (8 tix max)

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

Seattle Salted Caramel Stout Release Party at Bottleworks – 12/9

Join us at Bottleworks in Seattle for the Salted Caramel Stout Release!

Come and get salty sweet with us this Friday, Dec. 9th from 5-9pm! We’ll have our tasty seasonal stout in bottles and on draft, as well a Salted Caramel ice cream made with the beer from Portland’s Salt and Straw. And for a bonus treat, artist Sensei 23 will be doing a live painting at the bottle shop. We hope to see you there!

Where: Bottleworks (1710 N 45th St #3, Seattle, WA 98103)
When: Friday, Dec. 9th. 5-9pm

RSVP on Facebook


B-Sides Release Party at the Taproom! – 12/10

Come out to our Taproom in Milwaukie this Saturday, December 10 for the 2016 B-Sides Release Party!

We’re releasing 3 new beers from the B-Sides series, all blended barrel-aged sour and wild beers, some of which we’ve been working on for over 3 years.

Unlike the last B-Sides release, we will not be doing this as a ticketed party, but rather we will be releasing the beers during regular hours. The B-Sides that we are releasing this time around are bottle-only, so we will be doing complimentary samples of the bottled beers for anyone who wants to taste before buying.

The following B-side bottles will debut on Saturday and will sell $15/750 ml:

bsides-10-terra-final-labelTerra Incognita

Blend of IPAs aged in Old Tom Gin Barrels with Brett, aged hops, and apricots
Oldest Beer in Blend: 20 months
Youngest Beer in Blend: 6 months
Acidity: Medium
Brettanomyces/Funk: Medium
Barrel Character: High
ABV: 8%


Blend of sour wheat beers aged on raspberries then partially aged in French oak with Brettanomyces
Oldest Beer in Blend: 40 months
Youngest Beer in Blend: 22 months
Acidity: High
Brettanomyces/Funk: Medium
Barrel Character: Low
Fruit: Oregon Raspberries
ABV: 7.5%

bsides-11-camera-obscura-final-label-copyCamera Obscura

A complex blend of dark, oak-aged beers with a touch of Guatemalan coffee. Notes of red berry fruit, java, licorice, Bourbon and currant
Oldest Beer in Blend: 48 months
Youngest Beer in Blend: 21 months
Acidity: High
Brettanomyces/Funk: High
Barrel Character: Medium
ABV: 8.7%

Also Debuting (available on draft and in package)

Mid Century Modern (Abbey Dark Ale) $11

Fourth Wave (22 oz) – $12

Consummation (750 ml) – $14

Sour farmhouse ale aged in Pinot Noir barrels with Brettanomyces lambicus.
Brewed to celebrate the wedding of our brewer Will Jaquiss
Oldest Beer in Blend: 12 months
Youngest Beer in Blend: 12 months
Acidity: Medium
Brettanomyces/Funk: High
Barrel Character: Medium
ABV: 6.2%

Other Library Bottles Available (available for sampling and sale)

Bon Vivant ($12)

Bricolage ($14)

5 x B-Sides Round 1 (all $14)

-Carte Blanche
-Annus Mirabilis
-The Man Who Made Dessert

Specialty Tap List:

Fourth Wave

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Aztec




French Quarter (Brandy Barrel-Aged Rye Wine)

Gin Barrel-Aged Wisco

Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged Imperial Belgian Black

Fourth Wave & Vienna Coffee Beer Release Party – 12/8

Seattle! Join us at Chuck’s Hop Shop Central District this Thursday for the Fourth Wave Release Party!

A few years ago, we joined forces with Stumptown Coffee Roasters to make the Vienna Coffee Beer, a lager infused with Stumptown Ethiopian Nano Challa coffee. Fourth Wave is a limited edition version of that award-winning beer, brewed with single-origin Stumptown Coffee and aged for 10 months in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels.

Come taste this unique beer at Chuck’s Hop Shop Central District this Thursday. The Vienna Coffee and Fourth Wave release party goes from 6-8pm and Stumptown Coffee Roasters will also be on-site sampling the Ethiopian Nano Challa coffee alongside several of their other wonderful offerings.

Try the beer, try the coffee, and then try making your own blends!

Fourth Wave Release Party

3rd Annual Salted Caramel Stout Release Party at NWIPA – 11/22

Breakside’s Salted Caramel Stout is back!

Join us at NW IPA on November 22nd for the 3rd Annual Salted Caramel Stout Release party. Made in collaboration with Salt & Straw Ice Cream, this full-bodied stout perfectly blends sea salt and caramel for a rich, smooth and balanced flavor. Come try it! The release party starts at 6pm and also features a full tap takeover.

Breakside also threw down for NW IPA’s Burger Mondays. Head over there on November 21st for the Take a Break burger featuring Mole Poblano pork belly. Tickets available here »


Portland Night Market – 11/18-20

Breakside at the Portland Night Market

The Portland Night Market is a celebration of local food, culture, music, drinks and wares. The event brings 100 talented vendors together in the produce row warehouse and showcases the work of Portland’s best makers and creators. Breakside Brewery will be pouring our Passionfruit Sour Ale, Pilsner, and IPA all weekend. Come have a beer and meet the creatives that make Portland great.


NOV 18 & 19: 4pm To 11pm
NOV 20: 11am To 4pm

100 SE Alder Street, Portland, OR

The PNM is a free event and open to all ages.
For parking and transportation info, or to check out the vendor map, visit

Imperial Honey IPA Release Party at Lightning Will – 11/18

Lightning Will is turning 2 and we’re helping them celebrate!

For their 2 year anniversary, Lightning Will is throwing a party complete with a Breakside Brewery tap takeover, live music, raffles, food pairings and more! We’ll even be releasing our delicious Imperial Honey IPA. Join us at Lightning Will (305 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR) this Friday from 9-12pm.

Lightning Will Imperial Honey IPA

Beaujolais Nouveau Street Fair – 11/17

Join us for the Beaujolais Nouveau Street Fair outside St. Jack this Thursday!

Beaujolais Nouveau Day is a French tradition that celebrates the first wine of the season. St. Jack is honoring the tradition with an evening street fair right on NW 23rd Avenue on November 17th. Come out to enjoy food from Portland favorites such as Ataula, Kachka, Grassa, Pips Original Doughnuts and more! There will be plenty of wine, drinks and most importantly, beer from Breakside! We’re the sole brewery participating in the event and we’ll be pouring a new Beaujolais avec Brett wild ale! Tickets are $45. We hope to see you there!

Beaujolais Nouveau Day St Jack Portland

2016 McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival – 11/4, 11/5

Join us for the 5th Annual McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival!

Come out to the Willamalane Center for live music, great food and more than seventy five craft brewers of cider and beer. This craft beer festival is the premier brew fest in Lane County.

Proceeds will support The Willamalane Foundation, the nonprofit advocacy organization formed in 1983 that supports the activities and facilities of Willamalane Park and Recreation District that works separately but in partnership with Willamalane.

Proceeds will also support the construction of a tiny house by students at Gateways High School. The house will be placed at the G-Street Oasis, a project of Catholic Community Services in Springfield for families in transition out of homelessness.


November 4th 5:00 – 11:00pm
November 5th 12:00 – 11:00pm
(Children welcome from noon – 5pm)

Willamalane Center – 250 S. 32nd St. Springfield, OR 97478


La Tormenta Release Party at TILT – 10/29

la tormenta releaseLa Tormenta is back!

Come out to celebrate the exclusive seasonal release in TILT’s Beer Garage this halloween weekend. TILT is hosting us for a Pro Class Maker Session on Saturday, in which we’ll teach you all about what goes into making our unique sour ale, as well as many other great Breakside recipes. We hope to see you there!

TILT (1355 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209)
Saturday, October 29th