December 3rd, 2013 3:07 pm | Martin Cizmar Food & Drink |

Beaver Power

Beaver Brand Mustard Is A National Sensation (So Maybe You Should Continue Eating It)


Portland's favorite mustard is made in a Hillsboro mustard factory.

Perhaps you have heard of Beaverton Food's Beaver Brand Mustard? This successful local food product is ubiquitous around town—actually, it's in the majority of American grocery stores—and has a loyal following. It is very spicy and also very delicious. Are there other things to know about Beaver Brand Mustard? For no particular reason, and without any specific time peg, we asked Beaver Brand mustard spokesman Dom Biggi many questions about his company's mustard. Here are his answers.

Willamette Week: How long has Beaver Brand mustard been around?

Dom Biggi: Since 1929. Started by my Grandmother Rose Biggi. She immigrated to Beaverton from Italy and grew horseradish on her farm. Her first Customer was Eve Meyer whose husband was Fred Meyer. The rest is condimental history.

Is Beaver Brand mustard made in either an underground bunker in Hillsdale or a drafty old house in the Central Eastside?

Far more sinister than either of these. In a government certified, suburban concrete bunker, in Hillsboro. Managed by vast right wing Italian conspirators.

Do grocers stock Beaver Brand mustard?

The ones that want to stay in business. Usually more than one flavor.

Are you able to safely cook batches of your spicy varieties on consecutive days without fearing that the lingering essence of habanero stings your eyes and nostrils?

Now that we have relocated to the edge of the Urban Growth boundary.

Do you have obsessive fans?

Absolutely! Facebook, Twitter, word of mouth. We mail order fresh horseradish and mustard product all over the world. And it’s not because we have a blimp or a Roll Royce.

Do Portland-area restaurants stock your product?

The ones that prefer to have their free range protein products taste good and who don’t take bribes from big multi-national corporations.

Have you ever had reports of anyone stealing the bottles of mustard from a restaurant where it is served?

For sure. We count on it. That way the restaurant has to order more often.

Do you ever have someone dress in a beaver costume to promote Beaver Brand mustard?

We used to have faux Beaver pelt aprons to wear at our trade show. Got rid of them after we got doused in a animal activist protest.

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