Spotlight by Nick Woolley

The sun shining for the first time in several weeks, it was feeling more like mid-spring than a winter afternoon. Perfect time for a beer.

After living in Portland for several years, those with fainter-hearts often experience what could be called "beer fatigue." It's easy to do in a city of 91 breweries. But that's where Ex Novo stands out with a very unique business. Operating as a non-profit, 100% of their profits go to funding local and international charities. When we sat down for a flight we casually spoke with the owner Joel about their 18 months of business thus far.

Joel seems like an easy going, laid back beer type, with the beard to match. So it caught us off guard to learn that he had only been brewing for a short while, and was in fact actually a trained electrical engineer. Time flew by as we enjoyed a full flight. And it was apparent, the character of the business reflected directly into it's staff and pub fare. Good People. Good Beer.

The only thing better than the delicious beer and elevated pub grub is the ambience of the brewery which openly boasts it's distilling set-up to it's dining patrons. Warm wooden tones and high ceilings are complemented by a renovated industrial aesthetic. In a crowded market this is definitely a hidden gem worth seeking out.

For more information on Ex Novo and the non-profits they support head over to their website at

2326 N Flint St., Portland OR. 97227