Stormbreaker Brewing opens their second location today in the North Portland neighborhood of St. Johns. I visited yesterday for their friends and family soft opening, and was truly impressed! Not only is it a beautiful location, but the staff were extremely friendly. Everyone was eager to help, and service went smoothly. Stop in and check it out!
Stormbreaker St. Johns 8409 N Lombard St, Portland, OR, 97203.
Hours: 11am-10pm Sunday-Monday, 11am-11pm Tuesday-Thursday, and 11am-12am Friday-Saturday. Minors allowed until 8pm.
Run by owners Dan Malech and Rob Lutz, they aim to serve up the same tasty brews that are enjoyed at their North Mississippi location. The plan is to install a small pilot system in the back of the new space, but the bulk of their brewing will continue at the original brewpub.
The building used to contain a dental office, with drop ceilings and many cumbersome walls. It had beautiful bones though, as evidenced by the exposed beams and brick walls. They had so much existing lumber that they used it to make almost all of the new wooden furniture and accent pieces.
Stormbreaker will offer similar libations as their first location. Beer and whiskey pairings are still prominent, as well as the same great list of beers.
Hop it, Don’t Drop It NE-Style IPA.
Painted on one wall of the outdoor patio is a St. Johns Bridge centric mural. It’s a bright, fun nod to Portland beer culture.
Instead of keeping the entire space for indoor seating, they decided to knock out windows and walls to create a spacious outdoor patio. Additional tables line the sidewalk for those that desire a little more sun exposure. Dogs are allowed!
Some items on the menu were unique to this location. The food in St. Johns is more Southwestern focused, putting a different spin on things they’re already known for.
I tried the Elote-dilla, a quesadilla made with grilled corn, zucchini, jack + cheddar + cotija cheeses. It was paired with sides of Chile-lime aioli, pico de gallo, and guacamole. I opted not to get it with chicken, but that would have been a wonderful addition if extra protein was needed.
New things on the menu for today’s opening:
- Stormbreaker Fry Pile
- Oregon Bay Shrimp Cobb Salad
- The Legend of Lombard burger
- Veggie Mouthful burger