In the door a few minutes after five on the first Thursday in July 2017. Good crowd outside filling the bulk of the sidewalk picnic tables. Inside was also pretty full, but not packed with about half of the seating for roughly 50, still being open. 12 beers on tap (plus a guest cider), with flights of 4 for $8. Glasses for 4, pints for roughly six. It was happy hour so there were some food deals, but I had eaten at Labrewatory so again was pretty full. Seemingly every brewery in Portland has food, and the menu here looked pretty good. The brewery itself, which is visible from the bar, was in full swing with some production work going on while I was there.
Great stop on my most recent Portland craftbeer tour. nice patio...taproom with high ceiling and great lighting...along with an upper room for drinking. Food was noteworthy and the bartender helpful and fun in almost a gruff NYC way...but enjoyable to me being from there. 12 beers were available...and I tried two flight totaling 8 plus a couple of tasters. I enjoyed the hoppier beers like Dynamic Duo IIPA (Chinook & Simcoe), ISO:NEIPA, Jalapeno Business IPA, and their Eliot IPA. Also noteworthy...Spiders from Mars raspberry chocolate imperial stout (11%), Whatever Floats Your Oats nitro oatmeal stout, and Cactus Wins the Lottery prickly pear Berliner weisse. Ex Novo is a solid choice for a second visit to Portland...after you’ve already hit the more storied locations.
Visited on a thursday afternoon. First impression: Very neat, like walking into a brewery, which is basically what’s going on. Personally I prefer the rough brewery surroundings over the polished places. Good service, friendly people. They donate a lot to charity. Selection consists of about a dozen beers. I had four flights, among which were a nice fruit sour and a lovely coffee stout. We left with a smile on our face, very nice.
Really cool space, and absolutely gorgeous with early summer light streaming in. Didn’t try the food but the menu looked interesting and reasonably priced. Can get very busy. Large selection of Ex Novo beers, which were generally pretty good. It’s a crowded scene in Portland but I like this place.
Somewhat smaller place, but the do have an upstairs setting area. 12 beers in tap plus a few bombers. Service was good. I had the Banh Mi pork belly sliders which were fantastic. Def worth a visit and I would def return here over my previous two stops today.
Somewhat chaotic interior design here. After a brief wait we were seated in a cozy corner area. Only had time for one beer, and it was to that moment the best IPA I’d tried in Portland; soft in flavor, bright, and dry, no lingering sweetness. The service was very friendly; all profits to charity and all tips are shared equally. Low prices. Good quality establishment in my opinion; I would visit often.
Instantly a favorite for me. Such a funny little street it’s on, I’d never been there before but it’s a gorgeous set up they have. The beer is some of the best in town for me, the sours kill it. The food was pub fare but really well done. Great atmosphere with a mix of family and young professionals kicking it after work. Can’t recommend it enough.
Visited on 8th November 2014 along with Theydon and FLBH. Sat outside where the staff moved the furniture round to accomodate us. A good range of beers here which were pretty good. Staff were friendly. The whole feel of the place was nice and it is not-for-profit with any money made going to charity.
Really nice spot. Would revisit.