Ecliptic Brewing opened last October in North Portland. (825 N Cook St.) The name Ecliptic unites John Harris’ (owner and brewmaster) two passions: brewing and astronomy. When you enter the restaurant take a look around and you’ll start to see astronomical themes appear including constellations and very cool lighting fixtures. The brewery celebrates the Earth’s yearly journey through both it’s beer and food menu. Executive Chef, Michael Molitor, changes the menu every six weeks in accordance to the old world calendar. I was invited to the media lunch that celebrated Ecliptic Brewing’s one year anniversary. I tasted a lot of things on their menu and I was very pleased with every bite and every sip. If you want a new brewery to check out or want to celebrate a new moon I would highly recommend checking out Ecliptic Brewing.
(BTW- I tried a lot of beers and while they were all pretty tasty and I would have to say the Phobos Extra Red Ale was my favorite. I also tried their pistachio ice cream. I didn’t take a photo because it went into my stomach before I could release my shutter. It was soooo good.)
First National Taphouse started in Eugene. The fun sports bar with fancier food and a lot of beer choices opened up a second location in downtown Portland. The new restaurant is on the corner of SW College and SW 5th. It’s a perfect place for college students, business folk and anyone that wants to try a new beer. It’s a melting pot for all Portlanders and anyone and everyone can sit down and sip a brew. They have 28 beers on taps (and growlers to take home) plus hundreds of bottled beers. I was impressed with the Wild Ride Brewing Whoopty Whoop Wheat (say that five times fast) and the Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s IPA Nitro. The restaurant has a sports-like feel where you can watch your favorite team on the big screen but don’t expect a greasy burger because this Taphouse serves up some gourmet pub grub. They also started serving brunch on the weekends. An Acorn Squash Hash and the Saturday Market sounds like a great way to celebrate the weekend in Portland.