• Black-and-white photo of a mixed-use building with a restaurant on the first floor. Text across the image says, "A pint at Mazama Brewing at Orenco Station § Hillsboro, Oregon."
    craft beer,  Oregon

    A pint at Mazama Brewing at Orenco Station in Hillsboro, Oregon

    Mazama Brewing at Orenco Station is a year-old gastropub.  However, there is a lot more to the taproom and New American restaurant.  It is part of Mazama Brewing, a family-owned brewery in Corvallis, Oregon, that opened in 2013.  The current location opened in April 2019 with an emphasis on contemporary food and craft beer.  Despite the name there is no beer brewed at Mazama Brewing at Orenco Station, although it serves an extensive list of Mazama beers. Brewery’s history Jeff and Kathy Tobin began homebrewing in the 1980s, but did not initially plan to open a brewery.  After a trip to Belgium in 2011, the couple decided to pursue opening…

  • Overview of a large corner bar with a opaque white box with green text that says "A pint at Vertigo Brewing § Hillsboro, Oregon."
    craft beer,  Oregon

    A pint at Vertigo Brewing in Hillsboro, Oregon

    It is difficult starting, building, and maintaining a small business, let alone a craft brewery for over a decade.  However, that is precisely the story of Vertigo Brewing in Hillsboro, Oregon. Brewery’s history The tale of homebrewers turned commercial brewers is nearly as old as the beer industry itself, but that does not make the story any less interesting.  Mike Kinion and Mike Hanes worked together in the tech industry for nearly 30 years and brewed beer together for several years before entering competitions for feedback on their brews.  The pair honed their brewing skills through trial and error with feedback from these competitions over ten years before opening Vertigo…

  • Overview of a baseball stadium from the outfield facing the grandstand with text overlaying the image that says "My night with the Hillsboro Hops."
    ballparks,  Oregon

    My night with the Hillsboro Hops – July 23, 2019

    The Hillsboro Hops came into existence in 2013, and quickly connected the franchise to Portland’s craft brewing industry.  The team’s name honors Portland as one of America’s craft beer epicenters.  For the uninitiated, hops are a plant used to brew beer.  More specifically, hops are a flower that provide aroma and bitterness to beer.  For people who love baseball and craft beer Hillsboro may be the hoppiest place on earth. Arriving at the ballpark Ron Tonkin Field, home of the Hillsboro Hops, is located on the western edge of metropolitan Portland.  It is approximately 15 miles from downtown, which takes 25 to 40 minutes by car depending on traffic.  The…