Ecliptic Brewing

Ecliptic BrewingEcliptic Brewing
Ecliptic BrewingEcliptic Brewing
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

825 N Cook St
Portland, Oregon, 97227-1503
United States

(503) 265-8002 | map
eclipticbrewing.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.83
Beers:
71
Reviews:
276
Ratings:
1,052
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.01
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
54
pDev:
9.73%
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Photo of rarigney
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Had lunch yesterday in their spacious, covered, outdoor seating area. Very dog and baby friendly place. Enjoyed a fresh hop pale ale and a delicious brisket sandwich. Beer selection was good, service was excellent, and the food was great.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

This recent addition to the Beervana brewery scene is the child of Oregon brewing icon John Harris, a lover of brewing and astronomy. The name refers to the Earth's orbit around the sun. Located across the river, and a 5-minute walk from Stormbreaker (See Review), Ecliptic sits in a large warehouse-type building; there is a roomy patio and a roomy dining area. There is a separate bar area, where the stars come out - the "stars" being the tasty brews. There were about a dozen taps available. I enjoyed their Orbiter IPA and the Capella Porter. (Harris created the recipe for Deschute's Black Butte Porter, so you be pleased. I was.)

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Photo of ctt8410
4.33/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

A large concrete industrial warehouse brewery opened by the legendary John Harris in 2013.

Pros:
- Best food I've ever had at a brewery. The beet melt with granny smith apples and goat cheddar is an excellent combination of flavors and textures.
- Kid-friendly dining separated from the bar with reasonable kids options on the menu.
- A nice open patio with views of the Fremont Bridge on clear days. Thankfully, the barbed wire fence is gone.

Cons:
- The beer is second tier for Portland. Lots of generic IPAs that are perfectly drinkable, but nothing that will blow you away. My go-to is Pegasus, an ESB originally brewed to commemorate Horse Brass' 38th anniversary.

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Photo of John_M
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Have never been all that greatly impressed by the beers I've had from Ecliptic, but have been told that the selection at the brewery/pub is more interesting and of higher quality. Based on my visit today, hmmmm... not so much.

Facility wise, this place is impressive. They have a large, very nice outside patio area, and the converted warehouse space inside is pretty impressive as well. The inside dining area is clean, airy and sizeable. There's also a fare size bar area over to the right, in the back as well. No doubt about it, this is pretty nice spot to hang out and have a beer or three.

One of the things I've also heard, is that the food at Ecliptic is pretty good. That certainly looked to be true, and I was impressed with the sweet and spicy chicken drumsticks I ordered. Service was also pretty decent. Orders came quickly, and folks working here were friendly and pretty personable as well. So now we come to the beer...

On this particular day, they had 10 different beers on tap. The menu listed several additional beers that were slated to go on tap over the next week, so I think they typically have more than the 10 beers I saw on tap today. Anyway, I ended getting a 6 beer sampler, for I believe $11. In terms of quality, I really liked the pils and the currant flavored tripel. The IPA was decent as well, but not what I would call a stand out in this part of the world. The TIPA was OK, but wasn't the sort beer I'd ever want to get a pint or tulip of. It was definitely on the boozy side (no surprise, given the 12% abv.) The bartender was really proud of the porter here, which he noted has recently taken a gold medal at some national competition. I guess there's no accounting for taste, as the beer struck me as pretty simple and one dimensional. It was light on the palate, with a considerable roasted malt and coffee aroma/flavor. The Oort RIS was equally unimpressive.

Shrug. I had an OK time here, but after may visit to the Breakside facility out in Milwaukie, Eclipse was something of a let down. Pretty sure I won't need to come back here any time soon.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

John Harris' brainchild is a must visit in my opinion. Big place, great beers and food. Staff is pretty friendly, but overall the place may not be the best for kids, if that matters to you (currently is painfully important for me), other than some coloring.

The burgers are phenomenal. Perhaps some of the best in the city. Come for burger Tuesday where the special (faro patty optional for vegetarians), side, and beer are only $15. Excellent quality brews with a decent range, but of course mostly hop focused. Cheers.

*Side note: it's funny to see this pic of Ecliptic, as it's surrounded a large patio, tables, more parking, a grain silo, and multi level apt/condo buildings in the background now. My, how quickly things have changed...

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Pretty cool place that was a bit off the beaten path (for a tourist). Much bigger than I expected but still maintained a good vibe.

The beer was definitely above average but nothing stood out (I sampled most of the 8 they had on tap). With so many great beer options in PDX, it's hard to recommend this brewery, especially given the location, but if you are there for a few days and are looking for an interesting place, it is worth a visit.

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Photo of Harvest06
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

Interesting industrial setting (used to be a body shop) with lots of steel and cement art with a warehouse type feel to the place. The chain link fence outside made it feel like a prison.

The beer wasn't anything special and very sub par for Portland. Bartender made a snide comment about glassware.

Service was ok for a bar, sub par for the restaurant prices.

The regular lineup of ale including some made with a Belgian yeast but not Belgian brewing. Not much of a selection for any non beer drinkings joining the party - just some basic wine and mixed drinks.

The food was good for bar food but bad for the restaurant prices with small portions. The menu looked more creative than the food ended up being. The fries were talked up by the waiter and they ended being basic bar fries with an extreme amount of salt - like someone dumped a full salt shaker on them. That's a dive bar trick to make you thirsty I didn't expect from a Portland brewery.

Overall I wouldn't go back.

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Photo of G_Z_a
4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Great beer, which seems to be expanding. IPA and Kriek were delicious. Food is ok. Overpriced compared to other locations in the area and portions are on the smaller side. Atmosphere is very sterile. Patio is on parking lot blacktop with chain link fence surrounding. I feel like this could easily be changed to be more appealing. They have a great view of the city skyline. Overall, a good place to stop every once and a while, but not a go to spot for me.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Huge building that used to be an auto body shop. The interior is industrial - lots of steel and concrete - I liked it. Beer selection was decent, I had their IPA which was solid. Nice food menu - lot's of interesting burgers. Quality and service were excellent.

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Photo of RHVC59
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

I had the Capella Porter and( Baccala, which was deep fried salt cod and potato fritters, pickled pepper aioli for $9.00. The service was efficient, the food piping hot, and the beer cold. The porter was good. It several people around me had the burgers, and all appeared to be very happy with the food. As for atmosphere, they are set up in a former Auto Body shop. the fixtures are modern and stainless steel, the floors concrete, and walls black. they have a huge parking lot and are located just a block from the Mississippi district in Portland. If push came to shove, I would go back again for one of the burgers, or one of their monthly Lunation events where they feature seasonal food and beer pairing dinners.

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Photo of fitius5150
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

New place close to Widmer Gasthaus in NE PDX. The head brewer was there on my first visit, and he was featured in the NW brewing trade newspaper that week. He is not afraid to take risks, and is highly regarded in the industry. Had a couple of pints of their IPA and was impressed. The food might be even better - best fries hands down I've ever had, and the chicken drummies are marinated in something that is hard to put into words it is so good. They are shooting for excellence in both food and drink. Great service from Larry at the bar. I hope they do well. This place could become a new favorite.

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Ecliptic Brewing in Portland, OR
Brewery rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1052 ratings