Joel Gregory considers Ex Novo, his 48-seat nonprofit brewing company and brewpub, to be a mashup of what were once his competing interests: He’s an avid home brewer and had long pondered ways to give back to his community following an engineering career in the solar power industry. Now, he says, he’s able to combine both passions. After establishing a board of directors, Gregory hired on Ian Greene, who brewed beers for Boneyard and Stone Brewing Co. to start brewing Ex Novo suds (his current microbrews include an IPA, a Scottish red and a session pale ale, with a stout and a wheat in the works), and hired a chef to handle a spare, seasonal eats menu (think dry-rubbed, beer-braised brisket with mashed potatoes, Israeli couscous with sautéd vegetables, and yams stuffed with red rice and crema). But the good news, besides more Portland beer and food options, is that proceeds from every yam you devour and every pint you drain will go to local and global nonprofits, like Impact NW, Friends of the Children, Mercy Corps and International Justice Mission, which fight the good fight to end poverty, hunger and human trafficking.

Ex Novo Brewing Company, 2326 N Flint Ave., 503.894.8251

Ex Novo Brewing Company, the bike-friendly nonprofit microbrewery, is now open in the Boise neighborhood across the street from Lillis Albina City Park

Ex Novo Brewing Company, the bike-friendly nonprofit microbrewery, is now open in the Boise neighborhood across the street from Lillis Albina City Park


Ex Novo seats 48 of you and brews an IPA, a Scottish red and a session pale ale that goes down nice and smooth on a hot summer day
Ex Novo seats 48 of you and brews an IPA, a Scottish red and a session pale ale that goes down nice and smooth on a hot summer day

Ex Novo profits will aid organizations like Impact NW, Friends of the Children, Mercy Corps and International Justice Mission, which fight the good fight to end poverty, hunger and human trafficking
Ex Novo profits will aid organizations like Impact NW, Friends of the Children, Mercy Corps and International Justice Mission, which fight the good fight to end poverty, hunger and human trafficking