If you're a fan of Breakside Brewery, then your commute for a draft beer just got shorter.
The brewery is opening a new location in downtown Beaverton on the corner of Southwest First Street and Angel Avenue. The new spot will feature a beer garden, ample seating and various food carts.
Scott Lawrence, owner of Breakside Brewery, says Old Town is becoming a destination many are willing to travel to.
"There's a lot of activity going on there," Lawrence said. "Other new restaurants opening up like Afuri, Big's Chicken and the new Loyal Legion coming. It also seemed like a good walking and biking area, as opposed to some of the big developments that have big box retail stores and strip malls. That doesn't feel as comfortable to me."
Lawrence added that the move was a great opportunity to serve more draft beer in the Portland metro area considering the coronavirus pandemic took most of that experience away last spring.
Breakside plans to open its new location in June through a couple of different phases, said Lawrence. The first phase will roll out different food carts. One will serve Bavarian German food, another will serve classic American barbecue, and a third will dish up Burmese food from the creators of Beaverton restaurant Bistro Royale, right next door to the brewery's new location.
Lawrence says the second phase will include all of the outdoor amenities for people to relax and enjoy a beer. The final step will begin in the fall to add covered structures and more permanent features.
"I just wanted a place where people could hang out outdoors and get vitamin D or sit around fire pits and just have this kind of a nice setting in a high-volume location that's kind of been a center of town," explained Lawrence.
The new space will accommodate about 250 people.
As for the inside of the building, Lawrence doesn't know exactly what the future will hold. The brewery owner says a restaurant has signed a lease to operate out of the building, but he is also chatting with various ice cream and chocolate shops about the space.
Breakside isn't the only brewery making its way over to Beaverton.
Binary Brewing Co. recently announced it's expanding to a new location in the same downtown area, along with Loyal Legion.
When asked about the migration of breweries to the Westside, Lawrence described it as "smart business."
"I mean, people live that way, so naturally, drink producers and food makers want to put places around where people live," he said. "It just makes sense to have clientele nearby."
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