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Great Notion Brewing took over the old Mash Tun Brewpub space just off of Alberta street in Portland a few months ago. I was fortunate to get a preview of their food and beers, and was pleasantly surprised. Mash Tun was in the neighborhood for around 10 years, but did not quite do it for me in regards to food and drink. Great Noting Brewing follows another brewery upgrading an older one. StormBreaker Brewing took over the old Amnesia Brewing on Mississippi street and upped the beer and food game.

I had the opportunity to meet the three neighbors who became friends (Paul Reiter, James Dugan and Andy Miller) and now business owners at a media preview earlier this month at Great Notion.

Their gamut of beers ranged from my favorite, the Ripe IPA to unique beers like their Blueberry Muffin. And yes it tasted just liked a blueberry muffin. Other beers included their Double IPA called Juice Box and even Double Stack, “a Breakfast Stout aged on a ridiculous amount of Vermont maple syrup and locally roasted coffee beans.” These experienced home brewers can out with a strong offering. But let’s not forget about the food.

Their food game has been upped by Chef Ryan O’Connor, formerly from Vita Café another Alberta Street business.

Chef Ryan O’Connor

Chef Ryan O’Connor and Paul Reiter from Great Notion with DJ Paul of Brewpublic.com.

 

They offer a variety of pub food including high quality salads like the Sweet Bleu Salad (which I enjoyed with fried chicken tenders below) to the Yucatecan Pork Plate. Need some comfort food?  Then try their old Mac and Cheese.

Sweet Bleu Salad

Dessert

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I would encourage you to check out their official grand opening party on Saturday, March 5. “Attendees are invited to the brewery from 12PM – 11PM to sample from the brewery’s full beer lineup. Tickets will be sold for $10 at the door, which includes a Great Notion Libbey collector’s glass and 4 tasting tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased for $1 each.”

Read the full press release below:

 

great notion brewing beers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press inquiries: paul@greatnotionpdx.com

Great Notion Brewing hosts Grand Beer Release Saturday, March 5
Festival-style event offers tastes of full beer lineup, new menu items, kid friendly.

Portland, Oregon, February 17, 2016 – Great Notion Brewing is hosting a Grand Beer Release event on Saturday, March 5. Attendees are invited to the brewery from 12PM – 11PM to sample from the brewery’s full beer lineup. Tickets will be sold for $10 at the door, which includes a Great Notion Libbey collector’s glass and 4 tasting tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased for $1 each.

Attendees can expect a variety of family-friendly activities and events, entertainment, food pairings, and more. Brewery tours will be hosted at 12:30PM, 2PM, and 5PM. A special day-of menu will be available including beer floats in collaboration with our neighbor, Salt and Straw. More than 10 unique beers will be available to taste, including our much hyped IPAs, experimental stouts and more (see full beer lineup on page 2).

Great Notion officially rebranded the legacy Mash Tun Brewpub space on January 1, 2016. Brewers James Dugan and Andy Miller have been hard at work ever since, brewing barrel-aged sours, juicy IPAs, and experimental beers.

“We have been so overwhelmed with the positive reaction from the community, and we are excited to share even more of our beers with all of Portland,” said Paul Reiter, co-founder of Great Notion.

For more information on the Grand Beer Release, and to RSVP, click here.  To learn more about Great Notion, visit www.greatnotionpdx.com, or follow the brewery on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Great Notion Brewing is located next to Pine State Biscuits at 2204 NE Alberta St. #101, Portland, OR 97211.

 

Beer Name

ABV

Description

Double Stack

8.5

Double Stack is a Breakfast Stout aged on a ridiculous amount of Vermont maple syrup and locally roasted coffee beans.

El Chapo

7.7

Dark and dangerous, this Mexican-inspired Stout is aged on pasilla & anjeo peppers, cinnamon, chocolate and vanilla beans.

Juice Jr.

5

The little brother of Juice Box Double IPA. Juice Jr. is brewed with 100% Mosaic hops, and a lot of them! This crushable Session IPA has a small ABV and a big hop flavor.

Juice Box

8.2

Juice Box developed quite a local following while we were home brewing. Bursting with pungent American hops, with aromas of peach, mango, and passion fruit. Juice Box is brewed with over 4 pounds of hops per barrel, but the creamy smooth mouth feel and mellow bitterness make this Double IPA dangerously drinkable.

Merry Dankster

8.2

The Merry Dankster is our tribute to Ken Kesey and his Merry band of Pranksters. At 8.2%, this Double IPA is saturated with hop flavor. It’s dry hopped with over 3 pounds per barrel & fermented with local wild flower honey. We get slammed with notes of pineapple, pine, and that stinky dank goodness! “Never trust a Prankster”

Ripe IPA

7

Bringing a bit of Vermont to Portland. Citra hops combined with a legendary NE yeast stain gives Ripe its unique flavor and aroma. This juicy IPA has notes of mango, papaya and pineapple, with a smooth dry finish.

Root Beard

6.5

Root Beard is our dark cream ale aged on a unique blend of herbs including wintergreen, sarsaparilla, birch bark, licorice root, and Vanilla. We back sweeten Root Beard with local wild flower honey.

Saison Blanc

5.5

Saison married with Sauvignon Blanc grapes, pears and kiwis.

Stamper Stout

7.7

In our tribute to Henry Stamper, the old and half-crazed patriarch whose motto was “Never Give an Inch!,” Stamper Stout will warm your belly after a long Oregon Winter day. Settle into rich notes of coffee, chocolate and a gentle roast.

Zest

5

Great Notion Brewing‘s take on a German style Berliner Weisse. The lemony tartness in this refreshing wheat beer comes from a two stage fermentation with Lactobacillus and brettanomyces. ZEST is the beer that will guide Portland into Spring!

Coffee & Cream

6.5

We aged this Cream Ale on specially roasted whole bean Columbian coffee in partnership with Clutch Coffee Roasters. It’s a one of a kind brew and a unique flavor experience.

Blueberry Muffin

5

A tart beer made with real blueberry muffins and locally sourced blueberries from Sauvie Island. Fermented with lacto bacillus and wild yeast, this beer will remind you of your mother’s freshly baked blueberry muffins.

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