Today is the day that Beaverton will see its first proper brewpub when Brannon’s Pub and Brewery opens their doors at 4:00pm, just in time for happy hour. Located near the Beaverton Round and conveniently located to the nearby Beaverton Central Max Station, Brannon’s will sure be a hit to the residents just west of Portland and beyond.
Earlier this year it was announced that Oregon native Kevin Brannon, who was an early player in the U.S. micro brewing scene, would open a new brewpub in the very underserved area for breweries in the heart of Beaverton. From 1991 to 1999, Brannon was founder, president and CEO of Fredrick Brewing Company in Fredrick, Maryland, which he helped grow into one of the largest independently, owned craft breweries in the mid-Atlantic region.
After returning to the Portland area in 2001 to practice law closer to home, he founded BrannonLaw PC, a law firm focused on business transitions, mergers and acquisitions, and business financing. With this new venture, Brannon is refocusing on his true passion of craft brewing, while also using his business experience. “I’m excited to return to my craft brewing roots and to see my vision for Brannon’s Pub and Brewery come to life,” said Brannon.
At almost 10,000 square feet, Brannon’s Pub & Brewery will have the capacity to seat around 200 guests at the former Blue Iguana spot. Brannon’s will brew numerous styles of beer and will serve stone hearth pizzas prepared in the Neapolitan style, spit-roasted meat and fowl, and other quality pub foods, with an emphasis on local ingredients. Brannon’s handcrafted menu emphasizes local ingredients, and offers something for everyone, including vegetarian and vegan options.
“After much hard work, we’re pleased to introduce Brannon’s Pub & Brewery to the public,” said owner and operator Kevin Brannon. “Our vision for Brannon’s is simple: It’s all about enjoying delicious, hand-crafted, locally sourced food and beer in a one-of-a-kind environment that offers something for everyone. We’re looking forward to sharing that vision with the beer-loving citizens of Beaverton and beyond.”
Earlier this week, Brannon unveiled the artfully crafted brewpub to a group of more than 200 friends and family at a pre-opening celebration and benefit for regional nonprofit Albertina Kerr. The event raised $5,000 for Albertina Kerr, as guests sampled Brannon’s nine styles of craft beer created on-site by head brewer Devin Benware and previewed items from head chef Sean Beanblossom’s delicious, locally sourced menu.
Benware is a native of Vermont that prior to coming on board as Brannon’s first brewer, he formerly brewed at Old Market Pub and Brewery. He will lead their brewing operations on their brand new 10-barrel brewhouse from Global Stainless Systems, Inc. Benware’s goal is to have at least 9 house beers on tap along with various guest beers to compliment his beers. The brewery’s first year capacity is to brew 1,000 barrels.
The brewery’s initial offerings include nine craft beers: Cavorite Golden Ale, Butteridge ESB, Vernepator NW Pale Ale, Heliograph IPA, Benzonator Black IPA, Deputation Imperial Red Ale, Pantechnicon Brown Porter, Thunderbuss Oatmeal Stout and Aerostat Saison. The brews’ unique names take inspiration from 19th century mechanical devices, and the diverse selection serves up something for beer enthusiasts of all types. Brannon’s also offers a full bar and rotating guest taps.
Brannon’s unique interior includes a striking, circular bar with 24 taps; a ceiling decorated with large, metallic gears; and a beautiful chandelier built from of salvaged metal-halide lamps by local artisan Josh Kinsey of J.W. Kinsey’s Artifice. These and other custom-fabricated metallic features reflect Brannon’s “fire, steam, craftsmanship” theme, including curved tables encircling the bar that mimic the gears on the ceiling above. There are also personalized in-table screens throughout the restaurant, a classic game room, and a flexible banquet and event rental space, making Brannon’s the place in Beaverton and Southwest Portland for pairing brews and great, locally sourced fare with sports and all sorts of other entertainment.
You can keep up to date on all events at Brannon’s by following them on Facebook and Twitter.
Brannon’s Pub and Brewery 3800 SW Cedar Hills Boulevard Beaverton, OR
Sunday 9AM to 10PM Monday – Thursday 11AM to 11PM Friday 11AM to 12AM Saturday 9AM to 12AM
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.