The beer will be flowing and music will be playing as a popular brewery in the heart of downtown Gresham celebrates a milestone anniversary.
The Hoppy Brewer, 328 N. Main Ave., invites the community to join a 10-year anniversary celebration Thursday, May 20. The gathering will tap special beers and mark the return of live music to the English-style pub after more than a year of pandemic-shuttered events.
"Especially after the last year and a half we have all been through — having made it through COVID without closing — this is a chance to celebrate," said Steve Krause, owner of The Hoppy Brewer.
To celebrate, soloist Fast Eddy will play from 6-9 p.m. Going forward, The Hoppy Brewer will restart live music on the weekends and for the Third Thursday of each month.
"People have missed the music," Krause said. "We are glad to be bringing the bands back."
There will also be special beers tapped in addition to the regular offerings during the anniversary celebration. One will be a Bourbon Barrel Aged Palo Santo Imperial Stout from 2018.
"These are beers that are hard to come by, but we hold onto them because they are rare," Krause said.
Krause never expected to be celebrating a 10-year anniversary — he takes things one month at a time. But he credits Hoppy's success to the knowledgeable and friendly staff, and the regulars who have been coming since day one.
"We really appreciate the support through this past year," Krause said.
The Hoppy Brewer began a decade ago because of a passion for beer and a dearth of options out in East Multnomah County. Krause was involved with a group of home brewers who would gather regularly to share their latest hoppy creations. During one of those events, an idea sparked for an English-style pub in downtown Gresham.
There wasn't much else out here at the time. Anyone who wanted homebrew supplies had to drive into downtown Portland.
"Everything just fell into place," Krause said. "When we first moved in, downtown Gresham was a ghost town. But it built up 10 years ago and became something special."
The Hoppy Brewer opened in 2011 and has since grown into a comfortable place to enjoy a beer. There is plenty of natural light via windows; a large tap list with local, national and international beers available by pint, crowler or growler; unique bottled beers to purchase; and all the supplies any burgeoning home brewer would need.
"This is not just an IPA bar — though we have plenty of those — we try to have a variety for everyone," Krause said.
The Hoppy Brewer is family-friendly, with children allowed inside the business. The courtyard, which is covered and has heat lamps for cooler evenings, is also a dedicated space for The Hoppy. Customers can enjoy a beer outdoors and also bring in outside food from any establishment.
On tap is also Krauski's Brewskis, beers brewed inhouse at The Hoppy. Krause started brewing under the label about 5 years ago, and all of his creations are named for his love of skiing. Usually 6 Krauski's beers are available on tap, and they can be purchased every Saturday at the Gresham Farmers Market.
"If you are into beer or have an inkling of wanting to make it, this is your spot," Krause said.
If you go
Who: The Hoppy Brewer
Where: 328 N. Main Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday;
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday;
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday;
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday
More info: oregonshoppyplace.com or call 503-328-8474
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