Orenco Taphouse: All You Need to Know About Hillsboro's First Taphouse!


Dirk and Tammy Baker are on a public service mission—to bring good beer to Hillsboro. With the upcoming opening of Orenco Taphouse, they’ll soon do it. 

To be clear, Hillsboro has good beer. However, when compared to the beer Mecca that is Portland, the options are limited. As a resident of Hillsboro, I’ve long pined for a craft beer bar like Bailey’s, Sarazeva, APEX, BeerMongers, etc.  At long last, Hillsboro is finally getting one of its own!  I met with Dirk and Tammy and they filled me in on their plans. First and foremost, let’s start with the beer first…

  • 20 Rotating Taps: Oregon breweries will be featured prominently with out-of-state breweries thrown into the mix.  Taps will be dedicated to certain styles, and different breweries will be rotated in within each style. 
  •  Bottles:   Hard to find, limited-releases as well as gluten-free and sour beers will be offered.
  • Serving Size & Glassware: 
    • Taster trays: I’m a huge fan of taster trays and am glad to see they’ll feature a 5 taster (4 oz. each) tray paddle.
    • Standard pour & vessel:  16 oz. will be served in a 17.5 oz. Libbey snifter.  No shaker glasses here!

  • Growlers:  All the rage these days, Orenco Taphouse will fill them. You can buy the glass from them or bring your own. They’ll fill with a beer gun and will purge the growler with a shot of CO2 before filling.
  • Digital Beer Board:  The DigitalPour system (featured at Bailey’s Taproom) will enable you to go online to see what’s on tap—and even how much beer is left in the keg!
 
Beer has long been a passion for the husband and wife duo. Dirk has been homebrewing for about 8 years. In 2010, he teamed up with Pizza Port in San Diego, to win a Pro-Am brewing competition with his Scotch Ale. Opening Orenco Taphouse is a step in Dirk & Tammy’s journey. Ultimately, they’d like to open a commercial brewery in Nashville, Tennessee. Until then, they’ll both keep their day jobs at Intel!



Here are some other things you should know about Orenco Taphouse:
  • Non-Beer:  In addition to the 20 beer taps, they’ll feature 4 dedicated wine taps, and hard cider and mead in bottles.
  • Food:  A few snacks as well as meat & cheese trays will be served. You’re welcome to bring your own food, or order in from nearby restaurants.
  • Other Diversions:   Three flat screen TVs and free Wi-Fi
  • Address & Phone: 1198 NE Orenco Station Pkwy, Hillsboro, OR  97124,  503-432-1000
  • Hours:
    • Weekdays: 3 - 11pm
    • Friday & Saturday: Noon - midnight
    • Sunday: Noon – 10pm
  • Social Media:  Follow the latest on Facebook, Twitter, or their website.
  • Opening Day:   Friday, May 16.
  




While talking to Dirk and Tammy, it was clearly evident that they have a passion for beer and are dedicated to providing a great experience for their customers! My long wait is finally over!


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6 comments:

dustin said...

Funny you posted this. I stopped in to check on the taphouse this afternoon. Dirk says they might be ready to open next friday. Granted, they need to get bureaucratic approval from a couple agencies which could slow things down. I've been waiting for this for a long time now. So glad we might have somewhere to go.

Sanjay R. said...

I'm really excited! They're in a great location--so close to Intel. I expect they'll do very well!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a great place for pub trivia! Count me in once you have it.

Kimberly Basney said...

This is great but there's been a beer bar in Hillsboro for over 8 months. The Dugout has 24 taps that rotate often. And trivia nights every Tuesday located just down the road off Cornell and 25the Ave. www.thedugoutdeli.net

Sanjay R. said...

Thanks Kimberly! I never heard of The Dugout. I'll be sure to check them out.

Anonymous said...

The Dugout serves beers that you can get at any other restaurant or deli. That is why you have not heard of it.

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