By C. Baker
While out on my lunch hour I noticed that a BJ’s Brewhouse is being built in Hillsboro, OR on the corner of NW Cornelius Pass Rd and NW Cornell Rd. I guess I couldn’t help but notice since the entire construction fencing that surrounds the site is plastered with banners.
I know there’s a BJ’s at Jantzen Beach, which I haven’t been to. It never looked very inviting, so I never went in. I also didn’t know that there are a lot more locations throughout the U.S. California boosts the most at 60 and Texas comes in second with 25. Oregon has two; one at Jantzen Beach and one in Eugene. Some may even remember the now defunct brewpub that was located in Portland’s Lloyd Center District. There will soon be a third once their Hillsboro location is finished this fall. I guess my BJ’s knowledge is pretty lame according to some. My native Californian friends have all heard of it and can’t believe I haven’t been to one.
So, my mission, if I choose to accept it, is to visit a BJ’s. I’m not a big fan of franchises, but now I’m curious. Seeing 16 beers listed on their website was quite impressive. They also have a Brewers Blog and have received a significant amount of national and international beer awards. Their restaurant menu looks pretty standard. I was told their deep dish pizzas are supposed to be the big hit.
If you want to read more on the history of BJ’s Brewhouse check out their website:
http://www.bjsbrewhouse.com/about-us/our-story They started in 1978 with deep dish pizza and in 1996 started brewing beer at their Brea, CA location. They have quite the track record and keep expanding; an impressive feat indeed. Currently all of BJ’s beers sold in Oregon are brewed in Reno, Nevada.
This post was written by admin on June 15, 2012