Remaining a Front Runner in the Ever Changing Portland Craft Brewing
Industry by Austin Foster
As the craft brewing industry continues to explode in Portland,
Oregon, Ecliptic Brewing remains a strong force in the movement.
Founded by brewing legend John Harris in 2013, Ecliptic combines his
two loves: craft beer and astronomy. “Space is so creative and
different, and I wanted to push the limits in the brew house,” said
Harris. Ecliptic has continued to be a brewery worth talking about
in the never-ending surge of craft breweries springing up in
Entering the brewery you are greeted with a gigantic mural of a
solar system on a two-story wall in the bar. They have done a great
job making the brewery a family friendly restaurant on one side and
a great spot for adults on the bar side.
John believes the brewery is thriving, not only because of their
great brews, but because they offer stellar food to pair with their
beers, thanks to Executive Chef Michael Molitor. Michael rotates the
menu according to the old world calendar every six weeks. Ecliptic
continues to raise the bar on pub food throughout Portland.
This year they are
hitting the ground running with a pretty aggressive special release
line up of beers, seasonals, Cosmic Collaborations, as well as the
introduction of cans. You’ll have to stop in and check out Quasar
Pale Ale, a new seasonal that has just been released in cans in time
for summer. Quasar Pale Ale is low in alcohol and not overly bitter
so you can throw back a few while taking in the sweet Pacific
Northwest sunshine. Make sure to drop in to Ecliptic Brewing, they
are definitely out of this world.