New Brewery with a Mission

By Stuart Malkin

Ex Novo Brewery
Ex Novo Brewery is being built in time for a summer opening

The tag line of Ex Novo Brewing Company captures the essence of Joel Gregory’s mission — ‘Better Beer for the Greater Good’. The brewery’s mission is to make high-quality craft beer and is committed to donating net proceeds to selected non-profits. The brewery is emphasizing its brews, and as Gregory puts it, “We take beer here seriously.”

With the help of head brewer Ian Greene, the two are planning to open the brewery on June 6th in time for summer. They will offer the gamut of beer styles from Northwest ales, a year-round larger, sours, and seasonal beers. Gregory is planning a high quality pub food menu that includes small and seasonal items that pair well with their beers. Fish tacos with a Mexican Larger, anyone?

Located across from Lillis-Albina Park on Flint Avenue, the brewery will have outdoor seating and bike racks. The brewery will be kid and family friendly. Gregory wants it to be a neighborhood gathering place and imagines it will be perfect place to meet after a softball game in the park. The brewery will be open for happy hour and dinner during the weekdays and lunch and dinner on the weekends.

After working as an Electrical Engineer for years, Gregory yearned to see how he could give back to the community. For the last four years he has enjoyed brewing and formulated the idea that he could combine his love of brewing and a desire to be of service by opening up a non-profit brewery.

Ex Novo has committed to donating $25K to four selected non-profits from their net proceeds ($100k total), and will reevaluate donations once they’ve fulfilled this commitment. Two of the non-profits have local missions, while two have a larger global mission. Non-profits that they have made commitments to include Impact Northwest, Mercy Corps supporting the Syrian refugee work, and International Justice Mission, which is trying to eradicate slavery worldwide. They are still identifying a fourth local non-profit and are open to hearing from community members. They have an application process that community members can nominate deserving local non-profits for consideration.

Ex Novo
Ian Greene, head brewer left; Joel Gregory, President of Ex Novo Brewery right

In addition to supporting other non-profits, Gregory is supporting the local economy with his plans to hire approximately 20 employees, 7 of which will be full-time. He is also still raising capital and has an investor plan that includes a credit at the brewery of 10% for 5 years.

To learn more about either the non-profit application process, investing, or more about the brewery please contact Joel Gregory at 503.505.1441 or