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Beer Guide 2015: Ecliptic


825 N Cook St., 265-8002, 11 am-10 pm Sunday-Thursday, 11 am-11 pm Friday-Saturday.

[STARS ALIGNED] Founded by John Harris, formerly of McMenamins, Full Sail and Deschutes (where he famously created the recipes for Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond and Jubelale), Ecliptic has a pedigree that belies its industrial location off a decidedly unbustling stretch of Mississippi Avenue. The competent, wide-ranging roster of beers features an oft-distracting astronomy theme ("as the winter sun hangs low in our sky, some 93 million miles away, solar filaments, giant arcs of cool, dense plasma explode from its surface," begins a typical description), but the quality doesn't disappoint, and the food alone is worth a visit. Executed by Michael Molitor, formerly of Pazzo Ristorante, the seasonal menu features everything from steamed mussels and goat mole to a classic ploughman's lunch with housemade vegetable escabeche. Pair a meal with a handful of 4-ounce pours of your choice ($1.50 each) for an authentically out-of-this-world experience.

DRINK THIS: The citrusy Stellanova, created in collaboration with homebrewers Jenn McPoland and Jeremie Landers, packs a surprising amount of sparkling hop flavor in only 4.2 percent ABV.