What’s New in Tualatin Valley?
Introducing a New Digital Tualatin Valley Ale Trail Passport
Following the success of the paper passport, the Washington County Visitors Authority (WCVA), the official tourism organization for Washington County, Oregon (also known as Tualatin Valley), is launching a mobile Tualatin Valley Ale Trail Passport, a new program that aims to build awareness of the region’s craft breweries. The mobile passport is a free program that showcases the region’s robust craft beer scene in an easy, mobile-friendly way.
The WCVA wanted to take its popular paper Ale Trail Passport program and gamify it. The tourism organization worked with Bandwango, a well-known technology company in the travel space, to create the mobile passport. Bandwango works with destination organizations to offer curated, unforgettable experiences.
Beer lovers who sign up will earn points for each of the breweries they visit, which will be redeemable for prizes. Some participating breweries will be offering special discounts and other incentives. Those who complete the trail and check-in to all participating locations will receive a special commemorative prize. The Ale Trail Passport is expected to launch in early December. More details will be available in the coming weeks at tvaletrail.com.
New Breweries & Taprooms
Binary Brewing Co., a Beaverton nano brewery, opened a dedicated taproom and brewing facility in downtown Beaverton, in a space vacated several years ago by Beaverton Bakery. The new brewery develops new beers and revitalizes classic styles for modern tastes. binarybrewing.co
Steeplejack Brewing recently opened its third location in an industrial area of Hillsboro. The new Hillsboro location is home to a taproom, beer garden and kitchen, as well as a small production brewery and canning line. steeplejackbeer.com
Breakside Brewing is opening a German-style beer garden complete with an outdoor bar, 200 outdoor seats, six food trucks, fire pits, lawn games and live music. (Opening 2023) breakside.com
Stickman Brewing Company, is opening a third location (the second in Tualatin Valley) in the Cedar Mill neighborhood. The new, family-friendly location will also offer a full Italian-inspired coffee bar experience. (Opening 2023) stickmenbeer.com
New Wineries & Tasting Rooms
Amaterra Wines (opened January 2022) is a brand-new, private, membership-based winery located in the West Hills (also known as the Tualatin Mountains). This exciting new state-of-the-art facility, situated in the Tualatin Hills AVA, is the closest estate winery to downtown Portland. In addition to a tasting room, Amaterra has an on-site restaurant featuring a full menu of locally sourced ingredients and will be the first winery restaurant experience in Tualatin Valley. (There is a one-time $25 social membership fee for parties of up to four people.) amaterrawines.com
Sidereus Vineyard and Winery (opened July 2022) is a new boutique winery located in the farming community of Cornelius, Oregon, and situated in the Laurelwood District American Viticultural Area (AVA) of the Willamette Valley. The estate-grown vineyards produce Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling. Sidereus was named one of the 10 best new wineries in USA Today. sidereuswinery.com
Benza Vineyards (opened in 2022) has been growing winegrapes and producing wines since the early 2000s. It opened its first tasting room in the Laurelwood District AVA in Hillsboro this year. Benza crafts Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Rose and sparkling wines from its LIVE-certified, 12-acre estate vineyard in Hillsboro. benza.com
After more than a decade of planning and preservation, Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge (opened October 2022) is now open to the public. This new national refuge, located in Gaston, Ore., features hiking trails and six hunting blinds. Visitors to the refuge can get involved in visitor services or biology work through its volunteer program. The refuge is operated by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. fws.gov/refuge/wapato-lake
Chehalem Ridge Nature Park (opened July 2022) is a 1,250-acre nature park with 10 miles of trails, including three miles of accessible trails, for walking, off-road cycling and horseback riding. The park is home to multiple habitats, including upland forests, oak woodlands and wetlands. At the highest point of the park, visitors can view the Tualatin Valley and Coast Range, see wildflowers, listen to birds, or simply sit and appreciate the land still known as the Outside Place (Chehalem) by the Atfalati people (also known as the Tualatin Kalapuya). The park is operated by Metro. oregonmetro.gov/parks/chehalem-ridge-nature-park
Patricia Reser Center for the Arts (opened March 2022) is Beaverton’s first performing arts venue. Nestled near The Round (between SW Cedar Hills Boulevard and SW Hall Boulevard), the Reser features a 550-seat theater, which hosts artists from around the globe, an art gallery, outdoor plaza, meeting and event space, and has an adjacent parking structure. thereser.org
Restaurant Row – Beaverton
- Flora Bar (at Loyal Legion) (April 2022)
- The Sudra (January 2022) thesudra.com
- K-Town BBQ (February 2022) ktownkoreanbbq.com
- Hapa Pizza (Coming soon) hapapizza.com
West End – Beaverton
- Caspian Kabob (May 2022) kabobpdx.com
- Portland Cider Co. (June 2022) portlandcider.com
Cedar Hills – Central Beaverton
- Moberi (April 2022) moberi.com
- Bamboo Sushi (August 2022) bamboosushi.com
- Salt & Straw (July 2022) saltandstraw.com
- Top Burmese Ambassador (July 2022) topburmese.com