So Long, 2018
A Look Back at New Attractions, Restaurants and More that Made 2018
Looking back, 2018 was a year of many changes, especially in the city of Beaverton, with the opening of exciting new restaurants, breweries and more.
The new year kicked off with the opening of Xylem Cider Works. Xylem opened its doors last January, showcasing its diverse slate of Oregon crafted ciders. The brewers make every effort to source ingredients within 100 miles, which not only makes ingredients the freshest as possible, it also reduces the cidery’s carbon footprint.
In February, the food cart craze hit Tualatin Valley with Beaverton’s very first permanent food cart pod. The dog-friendly BG’s Food Cartel boasts a dozen food carts, featuring a wide variety of local food and beverage options. In addition to the carts, BG’s features a bar with indoor/outdoor seating, with a rotating tap of beverages.
The “Third Wave” coffee trend continued to make its mark in Tualatin Valley in 2018. Thornton Coffee Family Roasters set up shop in Beaverton in early 2018. Coffee lovers enjoy the handcrafted espresso beverages and freshly brewed drip coffee made from Thornton’s on-site roasting plant and coffee lab.
During the summer, Big’s Chicken moved from Portland to Beaverton, where diners delight in its superb fried chicken. Big’s specialty is Alabama-style chicken that’s smoked, then slathered in a white barbecue sauce that they like to call “white gold.” Enjoy the perfectly crisped chicken, which is best enjoyed alongside their house-made coleslaw and signature “Jo-Jos.”
After much anticipation, Hop Cycle Brewing Company opened its brewery and taproom in the city of Banks in August. The taproom features Hop Cycle’s seasonal ales, porters and stouts, as well as guest beers from local breweries and cideries. This perfect location, not far from the Banks trailhead of the Banks- Vernonia State Trail, is ideal for cyclists who want to reward themselves for a great ride.
As the year drew to a close, Beaverton’s newest hotel opened. TownePlace Suites by Marriott – Portland Beaverton opened in November, marking the first new hotel to open in Beaverton in two decades. This 112-room, extended-stay, all-suite hotel features full kitchens, free Wi-Fi, on-site laundry, free breakfast, fitness center, pool and more.
While 2018 was a stellar year with new openings, we’re excited for 2019. It’s only January and there are several new spots that will be opening soon, bringing even more cool new places to eat, drink and sleep.
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