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HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Billy Wing, owner and brewmaster at BDSM Brewing, has been thinking about opening his own bar since he was a teenager. The brewery plans to sell to local gay bars in the coming months, as well as set up a retail space in Hillsboro.Hillsboro's only gay bar isn't quite what you'd expect.

For one thing, it's located in a garage on a tiny cul-de-sac in southern Hillsboro.

The BDSM Brewing Company officially opened its doors last month, but while it looks for a permanent home, the brewery has been running quietly out of the home of its owner and brewmaster, Billy Wing.

"Our neighbors have been super supportive," Wing said. "We've already had a few people who found us, including our first regular customer."

The bar, located at 2256 S.E. Oak Crest Drive, isn't able to sell beer until it receives its license from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Instead, Wing is giving it away for free, at least for now.

"We're brewing more than we can drink, so it's time to start giving it to the public until we can sell it."

The brewery does sell merchandise to help cover costs, included T-shirts and glassware. When they get set up in a commercial space —— which they hope to have accomplished next month.

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What: BDSM Brewing Company

Where: 2256 S.E. Oak Crest Drive, Hillsboro

Hours: 6 p.m. to midnight, Wednesday through Saturday.

More info: BDSMBrewing.com

The brewery's suggestive name isn't quite what it appears. Officially, the brewery is Billy's Damn Straight Mash, Wing said.

The names of the beers on tap are also likely to raise eyebrows. With names like "The State of Submission," it isn't the sort of brewery you'd expect in suburban Hillsboro, but Wing said that he doesn't see the name turning people away.

"I'm not worried that people will be so wigged out that they don't want to try the beer," said Wing, 41. "Even if they sing all the hymns in church and button their shirts all the way up, we all have a level in us that giggles at George Carlin and a level of obscenity that makes them laugh. The names of the beers are comedic, suggestive, but they're just an entendre. And you can take two, they're small."

HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Matt Wing pours a beer at the BDSM Brewery on Oak Cred Drive. The bar is currently located in Wings house in Hillsboro, but is planning to move to a retail space next month.At the end of the day, Wing said that his brewery isn't meant to make people feel uncomfortable. "The idea is to keep it inclusive to everybody," he said. "We don't want our brewery to be anything other than inclusive to everybody. I want to try to and maintain that classic 'Cheers' feel. It's just a funky brewery with a funky name."

Wing and his husband Matt had been homebrewers for years, and Wing said it was always his dream to open a bar.

"BDSM Brewing was born out of a Craigslist find," Wing said. "We went from hobby to profession that fast."

After upgrading their equipment to make larger batches of beer, Wing realized that their small homebrew operation had grown to the size of a small brewery.

"We were a fully functional brewery," he said. "Just by luck of the draw."

Wing said he was drawn to open a bar in his hometown because it fills a need in the area.

"One of the first things we noticed is that Hillsboro doesn't have a gay bar, and there hasn't been a classic need for one until Portland's rental crisis started forcing into Hillsboro. The city is growing at an amazing rate."

Wing has big plans for his beer, saying he plans to start selling to bars as soon as possible.

"Hopefully by spring you'll be able to find our beer in every gay bar in the Metro area," he said.

As one of the few LGBT-owned breweries in the state, Wing said that it's important that his business give back to the gay community any way that it can.

"I want to do something nobody else is doing. Nobody has ever gone to the gay community and said 'I'm a gay brewery. I make gay beer and I want to sell my beer to you,'" he said. "We want to help the community who helped us so much in our own growth process."

Eventually, he said, he'd like to see the bar expand to locations in Portland.

"Or maybe I'll open up a leather bar in Beaverton," Wing joked. "Just to scare people."

BDSM Brewing is open from 6 p.m. to midnight, Wednesday through Saturday.




By Geoff Pursinger
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