Brewery News: OR: Portland: Ecliptic Brewing celebrates their 1st year, starting October 23rd

Press Release

Portland, Ore. – Ecliptic Brewing, a craft brewery and restaurant in Portland’s Mississippi neighborhood, will this month mark its first birthday. In celebration, iconic brewer and owner John Harris – together with executive chef Michael Molitor – will host events including an eclipse viewing party and live bands, complete with an exclusive anniversary-themed menu.
“We’ve had a truly stellar first year at Ecliptic,” said John Harris. “We hope our fans will join us at the brewery for our celebration, and that people who have yet to try Ecliptic will come check us out.”
Thursday, Oct. 23: Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Ecliptic Brewing unites Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy. With such, the brewery regularly brings its fans together for astronomical observances. From 1:30 p.m. through 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 23, Portland will see a partial solar eclipse with more than 50 percent of the sun blocked. Ecliptic will host a viewing party in the parking lot, complete with the brewery’s regular food menu paired with special seasonal beers.
Saturday, Oct. 25: Intergalactic Hoedown and First Anniversary Celebration
The Saturday of Ecliptic’s birthday week, the brewery will debut its Rigel Sparkling Riesling Anniversary Ale and Oort Imperial Stout, as well as other special beers from its vault. The restaurant will feature anniversary ribs from chef Molitor, and newly designed Ecliptic t-shirts will be available for sale. Harrris will also host complimentary brewery tours at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Several bluegrass-style bands will entertain throughout the day, including:
  • 3 – 4 p.m.: Roadopossum, Harris’ band
  • 4 – 5:30 p.m.: Erin’s Off the Cuff
  • 5:30 – 7 p.m.: Vlad and the Hats
  • 7 – 9 p.m.: Jack Straw
Ecliptic Brewing is located at 825 N Cook St, Portland, OR 97227. For more information on the anniversary events or brewery, please call 503.265.9002 or visit
About Rigel Sparkling Riesling Anniversary Ale
ABV: 5.8%, IBU: 31, GRAVITY: 13 °P
Rigel sparkles in the late autumn sky as the brightest star in the constellation Orion. Rigel Sparkling Riesling Anniversary Ale takes its light orange color from Pale, Munich and light crystal malts, which also lead to a nice, creamy mouth feel. Crystal hops impart a slight fruity hop flavor and low bitterness. Rigel contains one percent fresh pressed Riesling juice from the TesoAria Winery, used to increase its fruity-ester profile. Rigel drinks crisp like a good sparkling wine.

About Oort Imperial Stout
ABV: 8.5% IBU 71, GRAVITY: 21 °P
Named for the Oort Cloud, a spherical region surrounding the planetary system, Ecliptic’s Oort Imperial Stout is brewed to be aged in Bourbon Barrels. A limited number of non-Bourbon kegs were saved and aged throughout the past four months for a special showcase at Ecliptic’s anniversary. This will be the first time the stout has been poured.
About Ecliptic Brewing
Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon beer icon whose background is steeped in the state’s rich craft brewing history. The name Ecliptic unites Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy, and as such, the brewery celebrates the Earth’s yearly journey around the sun through both its beer and restaurant menus. Executive chef Michael Molitor rotates his seasonlly inspired menu every six weeks in accordance with the old world calendar. Harris’ signature seasonal beers include Spica Hefepils, Procyon Pale Ale, Phobos Extra Red Ale and Arcturus IPA. For more information, visit:
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