Forget the usual restaurant-hosted beer pairing dinner. Woodlawn's Breakside Brewery, under the guidance of brewmaster Ben Edmunds, has announced a collaboration with a dozen of Portland's top chefs — each chef will head into the brewery to create a special restaurant-specific brew, to be available on tap both at the brewery and the chef's home base when ready. According to Breakside owner Scott Lawrence, the idea marks the first time "a single brewery will work systematically with a city's best chefs to create beers for their restaurants."
Wildwood sous chef Paul Kasten kicks things off in the series with an English-style old ale, available on-tap now. Other chefs on board: St. Jack's Aaron Barnett and Podnah's Rodney Muirhead are up next (promising a golden farmhouse ale and a Helles lager, respectively), and the rest of the series features some of the scene's biggest names, including Andy Ricker, Naomi Pomeroy, Gabe Rucker, Cathy Whims, John Gorham, Jenn Louis (Lincoln), Brian Spangler (Apizza Scholls), and Andy Arndt (Aquariva). One collaborative beer will be released each month from now until next August, with "limited amounts" of brew available for purchase by bottle, as well.
· Breakside Brewery [Official site]
· All Previous Breakside Coverage [Eater PDX]
Image of Breakside courtesy Julie H. via Yelp