Ecliptic will soon be brewing lagers in the former Base Camp Brewing space this summer. The Moon Room, Ecliptic’s second location, will allow the brewery to expand its offerings and ramp up production, with an onsite food cart and new beers coming to the space.
Ecliptic, currently based in the Eliot neighborhood off Mississippi, is the brainchild of John Harris, a brewer who started his career at McMenamins in the ‘80s. He worked at longstanding behemoths like Deschutes and Full Sail before he opened the space-themed Ecliptic in 2013. Ecliptic has accrued awards and nods from a number of different beer festivals and publications, including five in 2020.
The new Ecliptic location, at 930 SE Oak Street, will be an opportunity to grow Ecliptic’s scale, according to Harris. “A new location allows for so many possibilities – more events, new beers and menu options, and maybe even expanded distribution,” he said in a press release. Things are still a little amorphous, but in terms of solid plans, Ecliptic will brew its limited-release Pyxis Pilsner in the new space.
Base Camp temporarily closed in August, going on indefinite hiatus like many restaurants and breweries in the Portland area grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic. In January, however, owner Justin Fay put the business on the market, saying he was “extremely emotional” over the decision to not reopen. Base Camp was a common hangout in Southeast Portland, with a wide selection of beers and a few food carts parked outside for tacos and snacks. Ecliptic will follow suit, parking a brewpub food cart outside the brewery for those looking for sustenance when the brewery officially opens. For now, Ecliptic’s flagship on Cook remains open.