Celestial is the vibe at Ecliptic. And with a sky's-the-limit attitude, NoPo's busy brewhouse delivers on a number of innovative fronts. There's nothing special about the tilt-up concrete warehouse where Ecliptic does its magic. It's all about what goes on inside. Brewmaster/owner John Harris has an elder statesman level of integrity in the NW craft brewing world. Carving out a new brand in the Beervana universe is not for the faint of heart, and differentiators start with a brewing calendar that has twice the number of seasonals. The beers rotate through the brewpub at an interstellar clip compared to the competition.
Another big "what?" on the traditional PDX pub concept is offering cocktails, making Ecliptic a bar in pub's clothing. It's an option that's a bit of a heresy in some beer circles, but it's a bold statement about being unique. The food menu is focused and functional. Specialties like cauliflower escabeche, the Farro burger, a trout po'boy and porcini kebbeh pair nicely with the mix of pale ales, IPAs, and porters, by design. The space and decor are on the sterile side, but the bar is friendly and service snappy. There's both kid-friendly and adult space in the restaurant and on the menu. Happy hour hops, so early arrivals get the best seats. Start light and go dark on your beer rotation. Keep an order of fries handy for their excellent alcohol-absorption abilities. You'll find it becomes very easy to make an evening out of your visit to Ecliptic.