Ecliptic Brewing Opens On October 21st
Renowned Brewmaster John Harris has a date set for the opening of Ecliptic Brewing, his new North Portland brewery and brewpub on October 21, 2013.
Harris will open his doors and begin serving three Ecliptic beers, all brewed on-site in Ecliptic’s 15-barrel (bbl) brewhouse, and one collaboration beer brewed with Gigantic Brewing. Harris and Executive Chef Michael Molitor will also be unveiling Ecliptic’s menu, which features local, seasonal fare and a heightened food experience.
Almost everything about Ecliptic Brewing pays homage to the brewery’s name, and Harris’s passion for astronomy. As Harris says, “Ecliptic Brewing is all about celebrating our journey around the sun.” The seasonal menu will change every six weeks based on the old world Wheel of the Year; we are entering into Samhain otherwise known as Halloween, the season that signifies the end of the harvest and the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. The menu from Chef Molitor, formerly the sous chef at Pazzo Ristorante, will reflect the astronomical seasons and be further complemented by Harris’ beers.
The first beer brewed at Ecliptic’s facility was Procyon Pale Ale, named after the little dog star in Canis Minor. The other two Ecliptic beers available will be Arcturus IPA, named after the biggest star in the sky, and Capella Porter, named after the brightest star in the constellation Auriga. On opening day, Ecliptic will also be pouring Harris’s recent collaboration with Gigantic Brewing, called TICWITTIC, an American sour wit.
The brewery is located at 825 N. Cook St. in Portland, Ore., and the 3000 square foot pub space features many subtle nods to the name Ecliptic Brewing. The centerpiece is a massive light fixture in the shape of the Analemma, or the shape of the curve representing the apparent motion of the sun in the sky, symbolizing the Earth’s yearly journey around the sun.
“After many months of planning and building, I am very excited to see this project come to opening,” says Harris. “I have been involved in this industry for many years and strive to bring the two hottest things in Portland right now together in a creative firestorm – beer and food. We want Ecliptic to be known for both, and will strive to bring them together like no one has.”
Ecliptic’s layout will accommodate families on one side and adults looking to relax in a bar environment on the other. The same menu will be offered throughout the restaurant.
Please visit www.eclipticbrewing.com for more information on the brewery, including hours of operation and beer and food menus, or follow Ecliptic Brewing on Facebook for the latest brewery news and happenings.
About Ecliptic Brewing
Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon craft brewing pioneer. The name Ecliptic symbolizes our yearly path around the sun on planet Earth. This happens to be a connection between Harris’s two passions – brewing and astronomy – as well as his philosophy on experimentation. Much like the seasons change as the earth makes its way around the sun, the beer and food menus at Ecliptic will be in constant change and rotation throughout the year. The goal is to push the limits of creativity in the brewhouse, and create a sense of place in both the restaurant and the beer he builds. Harris’s background is one steeped in Oregon’s rich history in craft brewing. He spent his first two years, from 1986-1988, as a brewer at McMenamins’ breweries; his next four were at Deschutes, where he created the recipes for Mirror Pond, Black Butte Porter, Jubelale and Obsidian Stout; and Harris spent the next 20 years of his illustrious career as a brewmaster at Full Sail in charge of creating the Brewmaster Reserve line of Beers.. He is now starting the next chapter with the creation of Ecliptic Brewing.