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Brannon's offers 10 microbrews, Sunday brunch in downtown Beaverton



Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Brannon's Pub and Brewery owner Kevin Brannon enjoys a beer brewed just feet away from the circular bar area. If you wander into the just-opened Brannon’s Pub and Brewery, you’ll likely notice how the industrial, metal gear-oriented decor near the ceiling contrasts with the spartan, beige-colored paneled walls in the dining and bar areas.

For owner Kevin Brannon, 59, it’s one thing to open for business enough to comfortably sell beer and food. To accessorize each and every inch of the place the way he ultimately wants it, however, will take a little more analysis. Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Kevin Brannon, owner of Brannon's Pub and Brewery, explains how beer is made in the brewer room.

“I don’t want to go down to Pier One and get a bunch of posters of Marilyn Monroe and a bunch of movie pictures,” he says with a chuckle. “Now that we see what it looks like with tables and chairs, we can see what the walls might look like when we decorate it.”

While the brewpub at 3800 S.W. Cedar Hill Boulevard, next to Thai Bloom on the western end of BG Plaza, will likely generate admiration for the Steampunk-themed sign and ceiling-suspended ornaments, it’s the beer, food and a series of TV screens encircling the bar area that serve as Brannon’s true calling cards.

Brannon’s opened its doors on Friday at 4 p.m. with a line waiting to check out the offerings within.

Brannon, a Lebanon, Ore., native, said he felt at least a tiny bit of weight is off his shoulders now that curious customers are coming through the door.

“We know we can make beer now,” he said on Tuesday. “Now we’ve got to get beer to the table and food to the table. It’s a matter of doing the work necessary to make sure people know we’re here and getting them to come back.”

To ensure the brewpub’s primary attraction would be in good hands, Brannon, who operated brewpubs in Fredrick, Md., before returning to Oregon to practice law in 2001, hired Devin Benware as his brewmaster. Benware and Brannon came up with nine offerings, at least eight of which should be available by this weekend, among them Butteridge ESP, Thunderbuss Oatmeal Stout, Deputation Imperial Red Ale and Heliograph IPA.

Guest taps from other regional microbreweries are on rotation. For the more pedestrian suds hound, Emery’s List includes mass-produced American standbys such as Bud Light, PBR, Hamm’s, Rainier and Rolling Rock.

Brannon, whose BrannonLaw PC law firm focused on business mergers and financing, named the list after his lawyer friend Hamilton Emery, a k a, “Mr. Bud Light.” His non-microbrewed sensibilities are endearingly skewered on the brewpub’s beer menu: “Our lineup of old school industrial beers is carefully curated by (Emery) who, sadly, was robbed of his sense of taste at a young age.”Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Kevin Brannon, owner of Brannon's Pub and Brewery, invested in a system that moves beer stored in a cooler to the bar in the next room.

Not in Emery’s category by any stretch is Beaverton City Councilor Mark Fagin, who tried out Brannon’s with his wife, Shelley, on Saturday evening. The self-described “kind of a beer snob” ordered a taster board sampler, which for $7 allowed the couple to sample five of Brannon’s beers before deciding on a particular pint.

“Normally when I have a five-taste (sampler), there’s normally two or three I like, and the others are just OK,” Fagin said on Monday. “At Brannon’s, I liked all of ‘em. That’s kind of unusual.”

The councilor’s positive experience didn’t stop with hops and barley, either.

“The food was really good,” he added. “I like the way the place is set up. The service was good. It was a neat experience, and it’s fun to see a brewery in downtown Beaverton.”

While he admits he and his staff of 55 have a ways to go before they hit cruising altitude, Brannon is excited his dream of a full-service brewpub and restaurant in Oregon is coming to fruition. That said, he realizes the popularity of brewpubs and the area’s economic growth means he won’t be alone in downtown Beaverton for long.

“We’re still the only brewery in town,” he said, “for the next few weeks, at least.”Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Patrons sit in the bar at the new Brannon's Pub and Brewery in downtown Beaverton.

Check it out

What: Brannon’s Pub and Brewery, a full service brewery, bar and restaurant serving dinner, lunch and Sunday brunch

Where: 3800 S.W. Cedar Hills Blvd., next to Thai Bloom at BG Plaza

When: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., happy hour 4 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close; Friday 11 a.m.-12 a.m., happy hour 4 to 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-12 a.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-10 p.m., brunch, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Owner: Northwest Portland resident Kevin Brannon

Website: brannonsbrewery.com

Call: 503-567-8003

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