Hmmm…I need some dry malt extract, a couple ounces of hops, and some tubing. I would love to have a pint while shopping for my home brew stuff…Maybe a couple bottles of beer to take home for later. The wife would probably like a bottle of wine too. Sigh… I’ll be running around all afternoon. Oh wait, I can do it all at Uptown Market!
I go Uptown Market every now and then for random home brew items. It’s owned by,Stuart Ferris, and AJ and Chris Shepard and located on Scholls Ferry Road just before SW Allen Blvd. I love this place because they are not only a bottle shop selling 700 plus beers, but a wine shop as well. The cherry on top is that in addition to the beer and wine, they carry an assortment of home brew supplies as well. They may not have as big a selection of home brew supplies as other shops in the area, but it’s a convenient location and open later than all the other local shops. If you are in the middle of a brew session and realize you need some dry malt extract to increase your gravity a few points, you can run by Uptown Market, even if its 8:30 PM.
I recently I had a break in the schedule and went in to Uptown Market to have a pint. I was happy to see they had expanded their tap selection. There are 18 beers on tap plus they had a firkin of Firestone Walker porter available. I stopped there because I had read recently they had plans for a brewery. Knowing the location, my curiosity was peaked because it’s small. The once former convenient store (7-11 I believe) is already filled with a fantastic selection of beer and wine plus the bar. So where would they put a brewery?
I arrived at Uptown Market with this question in mind. Upon entering, their friendly staff showed me the tap list which included a lineup of northwest heavy weights like Barley Brown’s, Boneyard, Crux and The Commons. Right when I said, “Are you guys brewing now too?” I received a very quick response from someone at the bar. It was a young man with dark curly hair sitting at the bar and working on a laptop. He said, “Yeah we are brewing here. You wanna see the brewery?” Wow, I didn’t even have to ask. Fantastic!
Turns out the enthusiastic young man was named Jason Rowley and is the brewer at Uptown Market. He led me through a door to the back and into a small room. The little space housed two 8 barrel fermenters, a 3 barrel fermenter, a mash tun and a 7 barrel boil kettle. It struck me as a big, well organized homebrew set up. Instead of 5 or 10 gallon capacity like mine though, Jason can do over 200 gallons at a time. Jason showed me the equipment and told me what he was brewing. The whole time he had gleam in his eye. A pride and excitement about what he was brewing. Jason has a very global view of beer. He told me he wanted to focus on English style beers but also mix it up with some Belgian styles as well.
They currently have 1 house brewed beer on tap, a dry stout called Stop Work Stout. The name comes from the numerous hold ups they experienced in opening the brewery which was originally slated to be up and running in July. The beer has creamy coffee flavors that meld well with a toasted malt presence. It finishes clean and dry with a lingering bitterness that makes it very drinkable. In the fermenters were an oatmeal red ale and an India Session Ale. Jason allowed me to try the ISA from the fermenter. It was well-made with a pleasant bready character and aggressive hop bitterness. It definitely tastes like an IPA, but at around 4% abv it’s a beer you can drink a lot of and not regret it in the morning. Jason is very critical and though he is happy with the first beers coming out, he looks forward to fine tuning and adding more beers to the lineup.
Uptown Market is a great spot. It’s run by friendly and welcoming staff that is quick to offer help. It has a comfortable feel with tables in and outside, to accompany the small bar space. Plus they have it all; home brew supplies, beer and wine to go (including kegs), a wide array of beer on tap, and fresh beer brewed on premise. It seems they have successfully created the all in one craft beer hangout in Beaverton. If that’s not enough, they are donating 50% of brewery profits in the first year to various charities like Children’s Cancer Association (CCA), Dress For Success,Girl Scouts of Oregon & SW Washington, Oregon Humane Society.
You absolutely must check out Uptown Market. It’s a fun place and we can expect more good things from them in the near future.