Binary Brewing Co. expands to new location in downtown Beaverton
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BinaryBrewing.co, located on the border of Beaverton and Southwest Portland, is moving into a full production facility at the downtown Beaverton Bakery building.
Josh Johnson, the brewery's co-owner, says the move comes after Binary outgrew its current nanobrewery.
Binary will be upgrading to a brewhouse with enough fermentation vessels to more than quadruple production, while continuing with its canning ambitions.
"In the last year, we created a relationship with a distributor who has allowed us to get into many more locations than we were in before, and we saw our sales grow incredibly," Johnson explained.
Binary has been sharing space with its "sister company," Uptown Beer Co., formerly known as Uptown Market, at 6620 S.W. Scholls Ferry Road. The brewpub has been selling much of the beer Binary produces.
"Our draft sales through them went up quite a bit," said Johnson, "so we were just having a hard time keeping with all of the demand."
As Binary expands to its new location in downtown Beaverton, Uptown Beer Co. will stay at its current location near Garden Home. Johnson says he expects to have more news to announce about the brewpub in March.
As for Binary's new location in downtown Beaverton, the 100-year-old building will feature a new taproom, a large patio, a pinball hall and multiple areas to lounge.
Johnson says the building's history made it attractive to him in considering a new spot for Binary.
"There's so much nostalgia, and it's really neat," Johnson said.
Combing the old with the new is what also inspired Johnson to include a pinball hall for the new location. The bustling arcade game can bring back nostalgia to those who spent hours playing a round or two throughout their childhood.
"What I love about pinball is the culmination and the mixture of the analog and the digital. It's a physical ball running around that's bouncing off things that you are physically engaging with in an analog way," said Johnson.
He added, "I bring that same attitude, kind of, to our beer — and I'm really excited to bring that to our space as well, with the tactile old classics mixed with a modern twist and a 'techie' kind of homage."
In a time when many businesses are struggling during the COVID-19 crisis, Johnson is grateful his company can not only survive the pandemic but prosper in time of uncertainty. So far this year, in about a month and a half, the brewery has produced 80 barrels of beer, compared to 300 barrels through all of 2020.
"Beer has been a good thing during this time. I think all of us have enjoyed a drink or two more than maybe we normally would have in the last year," Johnson remarked.
Slated to be up and running in mid-to-late summer, Binary's new location aims to draw Portlanders out to the growing beer scene on the Westside. It will be the latest addition to a burgeoning downtown core in Beaverton that also includes Ex Novo Brewing, Big's Chicken and the BG Food Cartel, a food cart pod that has attracted Portland mainstays and new carts alike.
The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts is also expected to open to the public by the end of the year, placing a premiere arts and entertainment venue in the heart of Beaverton.
"There's a reason why there's so many people that are now also moving into the Beaverton market," Johnson said. "With more things being available, and other businesses closing, and beer doing as well as it has during this time, there's a lot to be said about that."
The brewhouse will also serve food and include an event space for private parties. Johnson says it will also be able to accommodate about 40 to 60 people, depending on street availability and COVID-19 restrictions.
"With all of the beer buzz going on in the Beaverton area, we're excited to be one of the few people that are actually brewing in the heartbeat," Johnson said.
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