Portland soccer fans are about to get the brewery of their dreams.
The Toffee Club, a British-themed pub on Southeast Hawthorne that's a hub of all things related to football, is opening Away Days Brewing in the neighboring space that used to house Scout Beer, which moved to a spot in a food cart pod on Southeast Division Street last year.
"We see this as an opportunity to open something that complements the Toffee Club but is different from the Toffee Club," says co-owner Niki Diamond.
Away Days—a reference to the tradition of die-hard soccer fans traveling to cheer on their team when playing on the road—will offer eight to 10 taps pouring a lineup of beer that could be described as "Europe meets the Northwest." You can expect an IPA to satisfy hopheads, but also a selection of continental classics like a Czech Pilsner. Meanwhile, at Toffee Club itself, across-the-pond favorites like Old Speckled Hen aren't going anywhere—you'll still be able to find those handles next door.
Away Days will also offer an array of European-style bar snacks, all of which will be prepared in the Toffee Club kitchen, though the two menus won't overlap.
Diamond, who moved from England to Portland with her husband, Peter Hoppins, nearly 10 years ago, opened the pub in 2016 with Peter's brother, Jack. The team expects to name a head brewer to oversee the 5-barrel system later this week.
If construction to update the interior stays on track, you'll have a home base for match days—away or otherwise, when the brewery opens in mid-May.