On Saturday, Jan. 17, another brewery will open its doors here in Beer Town, USA.
Almost two years after attempting to open his brewery in Goose Hollow and being thwarted by building issues, Culmination Brewing owner Tomas Sluiter will finally open his brewery and tasting room, this time in Northeast Portland's Bindery Annex building.
The 7,000-square-foot space is kitted out with gravity-fed tanks and a live-edge wood bar. On opening night, from 6 to 10 p.m., there will be just three beers on tap to start: Culmination Brewing Company 4 & 20, which is a black IPA, plus The Commons Brewery's Ciel de Gris, and Cider Riot's Never Give an Inch Blackberry Cider.
To eat, there will be maple-smoked barbecue pork sandwich plates from the Vermont BBQ food cart, which will park itself outside the brewery on a regular basis, and German pretzels from nearby Fressen Bakery. You can buy tickets for the "party package" deal that includes a branded tulip glass, one beer and one plate of food for $20.
In the coming weeks and months, as Culmination's production gets underway, expect a bigger lineup that includes lambic-style beers and coffee-flavored beers. Even more intriguing are his plans to brew Ginju-style sake.
Keep your eyes open for Culmination's grand opening party, which, according to the Facebook page, is tentatively set for Feb 28. Perhaps he'll kick things off with one of his planned Chabudai Gaeshi table-throwing contests, complete with rubber chickens.
Culmination Brewing, 2117 N.E. Oregon Ave. Hours 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.