About the Hillsdale

“Blackberry beer — blackberry beer?” By now I was sputtering. “Who would drink the stuff?” 

It was September 1985 and I was shouting at Mike McMenamin, proprietor and owner, with brother Brian, of Oregon's first brew pub, the Hillsdale Brewery and Public House. Mike was plotting which beers he might make in the newly installed stainless steel fermenting vats which, along with the beautiful copper kettle and cooling tubes constituted the modestly priced brewing plant.

This is how our friend Fred Eckardt so perfectly described the outset of our adventures at Captain Neon's Fermentation Chamber (as the Hillsdale's brewing facility was christened). Read more to find out if he was right.


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