Brewing great beer blends art and science. We exist to blend fine craft beer with positive social change. Ex Novo translates as "from scratch” and we’ve been hard at work building a 10-barrel non-profit brewery from the ground up. That's right, we said non-profit. Don't get us wrong, we aren't opposed to making money. On the contrary, we want to make as much as we can, so we can give it away. We are committed to donating 100% of our net profits to organizations that are working to affect positive social change both in Portland and around the world.
Beer is why we got into this business in the first place, obviously. We’ll be brewing a wide variety of beer styles and flavors, focusing on quality ingredients and the mad science that it takes to make not good, but great beer. Look for seasonal releases in addition to our core lineup, as well as barrel aged and sour beers. We recently started bottling special release beers, with cans coming later this year. Look for us on draft around Portland at tap houses and restaurants near you. Beer menu below...
We are passionate about social justice and helping others, both locally and globally. We seek to partner with organizations doing good work and doing it well. We see these great organizations spending so much time seeking funds and we want to be a consistent fundraising tool for them.
We make money from food and beer…and then give it away. It’s that simple. After covering our costs and building a small reserve fund, we distribute all of our net profits evenly amongst our partner organizations. Once we’ve reached our commitment to our partners we’ll reassess and potentially add new ones. So, when you drink from our taps or eat from our kitchen, you’re helping us help others. Thanks for that. Seriously.
Below are some of the organizations we’re currently partnering with. If you’d like to partner with Ex Novo Brewing Company, please drop us a line.
Friends of the Children is a prevention/early intervention program whose mission is to help our nation’s highest-risk children develop the relationships, goals and skills necessary to break the cycles of poverty, abuse and violence, and become contributing members of society.
“We are a revolutionary mentoring program that is transforming the lives of Portland’s most vulnerable children.”Official Website
Rescue thousands, protect millions, and prove that justice for the poor is possible.
“In nearly 20 communities throughout the developing world, International Justice Mission protects the poor from violence by partnering with local authorities to rescue victims, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors and strengthen justice systems.”Official Website
To help people prosper through a community of support.
“Since 1966, Impact NW has been a leader in providing individuals of all ages with the skills and resources necessary to achieve success and to advocate for themselves and their communities.”Official Website
Alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Philosophy: We believe secure, productive and just societies emerge when the private, public, and civil society sectors are able to interact with accountability, inclusive participation and mechanisms for peaceful change. *Ex Novo directly supports Mercy Corps' work with the Syrian refugee population.
“Since 1979, we have been helping people in the world’s toughest places survive the crises they confront and turn them into opportunities to thrive.”Official Website