I love beer and cider. After now having visited over 405 different breweries and cideries, it’s fair to say I have sampled a lot (follow me on Untappd). From post-race pints and run club meeting locations, to beer miles and relays, running and the kegged nectar seem to go hand-in-hand in Oregon. Our Kegs and Legs feature is where beer drinking runners like me can go to find some new favorite beverages.
We have featured Ecliptic Brewing in a few previous Kegs & Legs posts, and we are back to showcase a few more – the Carina Peach Sour and Capella Porter. But before that, here’s some background on Ecliptic from a previous post:
I remember the first time I made it to Ecliptic Brewing in North Portland. They are just up the road from Widmer, near the crest of Mississippi Avenue. They were in a large rectangular warehouse and there was little surrounding them. It was seemingly an odd area, a sparse middle ground between the hub of the shops and restaurants on Mississippi and up the hill (and not quite stumbling distance) from Widmer. Fast forward a few years, and this is becoming one of the more developed spots in this area of town. Apartments are going up in droves and Ecliptic is almost the centralized force amidst this forthcoming living explosion. Someone there had some great foresight!
They had, and still have, an astronomy theme with their logos, decorations, labels, and beer names completing the all-encompassing theme. I remember being super impressed right off the bat with their beers, and it isn’t surprising why. Ecliptic comes with years of brewing experience thanks to John Harris, essentially an icon in the Oregon craft brewing industry. He started brewing at McMenamins, moved on to Deschutes (where he created the recipes for Mirror Pond, Black Butte Porter, Jubelale and Obsidian Stout), and followed that up with 20 years at Full Sail. Needless to say, John is a legend. And the beers at Ecliptic definitely showcases this experience.
Both of these beers are named after stars from constellations – the Carina Peach Sour after the keel of the ship Argo in the southern sky, and the Capella Porter after a bright start in the constellation Auriga. The Carina was actually one of the first sour beers I ever tried and liked. It has a tart and refreshing bite to it, yet remains subtle and not overpowering. I think it’s a perfect summer beer, yet one that can be enjoyed year round. Over the past year or so, I have come around to the Porter style, and though the Capella isn’t necessarily my go-to dark beer in the heat of summer, now that the weather will soon be turning cooler I know it will be a solid option. I get a nice balance of caramel and chocolate notes with a more subtle roast than many counterparts.
Ecliptic is also very in tune with the running scene. They hosted an Oregon Brewery Running Series 5k event again this year (May 12), and they were also the start & finish for a previous running of the Gorgeous Portland Pub Relay. Definitely stop in for a beer/run soon!
- Carina Peach Sour
- ABV: 5.5%
- IBU: 10
- Capella Porter
- ABV: 5.2%
- IBU: 39
- 825 N Cook St Portland, OR 97227
- M-Thurs / 11AM – 10PM
- Fri & Sat / 11AM – 11PM
- Sun /11AM – 10PM
- HAPPY HOUR ALL DAY MONDAY / TUES – FRI 3PM – 6PM