Company by Austin Foster, Craft Beer Promoter
into Gigantic Brewing Company you can tell it’s a different kind of
brewery than most. The beers are flowing, the regulars are chatting
with the bartender who happens to be one of the owner’s wives, the
colors are bright and in your face, and the artwork is out of this
Ben and Van started Gigantic Brewing Co. in 2012 after not knowing
how they met, but knowing they wanted to start a brewery together.
“I don’t remember meeting each other,” Said Van, “Ben just said we
should start a brewery.” Two years after Ben said that to Van, they
opened the doors to one of the most unique breweries in Portland.
This year, to keep up with their own trend of doing things
differently, they released a seasonal line called the “Greatest
Hits.” They don’t usually repeat seasonals but in honor of their
fifth anniversary, they decided to bring back some of the favorites
from the line up over the last five years.
One of the things that makes this place instantly feel different is
the feeling you get when you walk in. Their regulars are there all
night and chatting it up. You can tell there is a deep sense of
community in everything that Gigantic does. Van said, “It’s rare
when you can get them to have more than one of something other than
an IPA.” The regulars are all about those hoppy brews that Van
spends a good amount of time making along side their Head Brewer of
four years, Scott Guckel.
If you live in Portland and you’re looking for a place to call home
outside of home, swing by Gigantic Brewing and make yourself
comfortable. Make sure to check out their artwork on the walls and
their magazine, which takes the form of a comic book. This brewery
will have you never wanting to leave.