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Beer Guide 2015: Brannon's


3800 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, 567-8003, 11 am-10 pm Sunday-Monday, 11 am-11 pm Tuesday-Thursday, 11 am-midnight Friday-Saturday.

[BEAVER BRAN] Is it time to get my oil changed? This is all I can think about while sitting at Brannon's, Beaverton's newest brewpub. The young shop's beer is wide-ranging, with a whole section dedicated to adjunct lagers—PBR, Hamm's, both Buds, Rolling Rock, Old German and Rainier—and guest taps, including Arch Rock's highly regarded lager. The house's own list is headlined by a pleasantly juicy red ale and may grow to include some Belgians and barrel-aged brews. For now, it's decidedly classic, a reflection of owner Kevin Brannon, who pingponged between corporate law and brewpubbing over the past 20 years. Brannon's food is more exciting than the beer right now—it might have been a lucky night, but the kitchen sent out an impressive Neapolitan pizza with chewy, character-rich crust rivaling Double Mountain's in Hood River. The room is pleasant enough, too, teeming with screens controlled by iPads posted at nearly every table. The Blazers are on, and this crowd is the sort that lets out a hearty "ooohhh" whenever a server drops a tray. The front of the pub has huge windows, looking out onto bustling Cedar Hills Boulevard and over to Carr Nissan. Yup, Carr, a car dealer. It's been three months, I think? Even after the drive out to Beaverton I've got to be below 3,000. What does that little sticker say?

DRINK THIS: Look for brewmaster Devin Benware's more unusual offerings or just default to the chewy stout.