It was a little over 3 years ago that Great Notion Brewing opened their Alberta Street location to the public. And of course we were excited – not only to see the 7 bbl brew house at the former Mash Tun Brewpub being utilized by a new tenant, but to also witness the birth of a new, one-of-a-kind brewery in the Pacific Northwest.
Featuring accessible Hazy IPAs, style defying experimentations, and what have come to be known as pastry beers, Great Notion threw a lot of cutting edge tastes at our curious taste buds, the likes of which we’d never seen before. And while a number of these new offerings were still a work in progress, we were ready and willing to jump on board.
Today, the brewery is a known entity nationwide among beer nerds, so much so that occupying a larger production space was a necessity just to keep up with demand. Securing a 20,000 sq ft. warehouse in the industrial area of NW Portland 2 years ago, they’ve since installed a 30bbl brewhouse, a number of 30 and 60 bbl fermenters & bright tanks, a canning line, and have amassed a large number of barrels.
They’ve been brewing and holding can release events at 2444 NW 28th Ave since last April and just completed primary construction on a beautiful new taproom, restaurant, and coffee shop. Today, at 11am, there will be an official ribbon cutting to celebrate the new location, including special guest taps all week from the likes of Monkish, Bottle Logic, Trillium, Other Half, Highland Park, Cellarmaker, J. Wakefield, Kane, Brujos, Omnipollo, and more. So be sure to keep an eye on their @greatnotionnw Instagram stories for tapping and event times all week long.
Beyond having 24 new taps flowing with the quality beer we’ve come to expect, the new location also features a greater variety of menu options coming out of the kitchen, including new appetizers (Pork Belly Poutine – below), salads (Imperial Caesar Salad), sandwiches (Philadelphia Cheesesteak), and new entrees as well (Wild Boar Stroganoff and Steak Frites).
Much like the Alberta location, the front counter offers GNB merchandise and cans to-go, though it also functions as a coffee shop, pouring locally roasted, custom coffee including Blueberry Muffin and Double Stack Lattes. The coffee shop also offers breakfast to-go in the form of fresh pop-tarts, pastries, and burritos, from 7am to 11am, Monday through Saturday.
“We are very psyched to open a fun-filled brewpub in the industrial part of Northwest Portland,” says Cofounder Paul Reiter. “When we first opened the production brewery here, there was hardly anywhere to go to eat, drink or get a good cup of coffee. That led us to the idea of opening a morning coffee shop and adding some fun twists on our beers, like the Double Stack Beer Milkshake!”
Upon my visit to the new location Saturday, it was evident that Paul, along with co-founders James Dugan and Andy Miller, are all extremely excited to finally unveil it for the masses. With it’s beautifully designed spaces featuring Cross Laminated Timber, weathered steel, and Shou Sugi Ban Japanese burnt timber, it’s obvious that this has been a labor of love for the trio.
Of course the original Alberta Street location will continue on in it’s current capacity, with small batch beers being more prominent, while barrel-aged offerings will be featured at the NW location. I’m excited by everything the new space brings, not only in the form of more excellent Great Notion beers and tasty food, but also the growth expected in this area of town over the next few years.
With Portland’s baseball stadium in the works at Terminal 2, as well as Hammer and Stitch Brewing projected to open in the area before years end, once again Great Notion appears to be setting new trends and are clearly ahead of the game.
- Can Releases: Saturdays at 9am
- Coffee Shop:
- Monday – Saturday: 7am to 11am
- Closed Sundays
- Sunday – Thursday: 11am to 10pm
- Friday – Saturday: 11am to 11pm
ABOUT GREAT NOTION BREWING
Great Notion Brewing (GNB) is a brewery located in Portland, OR started by three friends and offering hazy, fruit-forward IPAs and “culinary-inspired” sours & stouts. The brewery has won numerous Gold and Silver medals, including accolades at World Beer Cup, GABF, Best of Craft Beer Awards, and Oregon Beer Awards, as well as #1 IPA in America from Paste Magazine. GNB has two locations in Portland: GNB Alberta at 2204 NE Alberta St. and GNB NW at 2444 NW 28th Ave. Please visit www.greatnotionpdx.com for more information or the social networks @greatnotionpdx.