16506 SE 362nd Ave., Sandy, 308-3150, bunsenbrewer.com. 11 am-11 pm Monday-Thursday, 11 am-midnight Friday-Saturday, 11 am-9 pm Sunday.
[BEERED SCIENCE] If your high-school chemistry teacher operated a brewery, this is probably what it would look like. There are no open hours here, just "Hours of Experimentation." Taster glasses look like they were nicked from a school laboratory. The periodic table is posted on a nearby wall. Cutouts of Capt. James T. Kirk and First Officer Spock flank one wall. Brewer Aaron Hanson had just opened when we visited last year, and there wasn't much to report. Today, the place features a nice collection of solid house beers. It fills out the tap list with beers from some of Oregon's best breweries—Breakside, Barley Brown's and others. Sandy isn't a metropolis, but it's a growing community that surely wanted a brewery, and Bunsenbrewer fits the bill. It offers a compact list of food items, and there's a stage with live music Fridays and occasionally other nights. This is a nice place for a pit stop after a day on the mountain.
DRINK THIS: Try Fahrenheit, a habanero Belgian red that combines a mildly sweet malt backbone with subtle habanero heat in the finish.