“DETOURS” is a new travel series by The Hop Review. Being a weary traveler almost always calls for a reward in the form of a pint at the end of the day. Here, we will document those beer breaks–as we travel the U.S. and beyond–with quips, photographs and Q&As. Cheers, to the adventurous beer trekker.


No. 004



Located in the Eliot neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, Ex Novo Brewing Co. is a non-profit brewery making beers that are as good as their charitable intentions. Along with donating 100% of their net profits to charitable organizations locally and globally, Ex Novo is pairing altruistic goals with tasty beers. It’s only fitting that a brewery with philanthropic ambitions has been embraced by the community.

An elementary school, a local park and plenty of tree-lined family homes are just some of the neighbors Ex Novo’s taproom is adjacent to. Fittingly, Eliot IPA, named in honor of the ‘hood as well as their flagship Pacific Northwest-style beer, is a top-seller. Offering a gamut of styles as well as seasonal rotations, Ex Novo is brewing quality beers that are available throughout Portland and surrounding areas as well as in LA and in Japan to boot. Drink well, do good!

What We Drank

Where The Mild Things Are: Ex Novo’s take on a traditional dark English mild ale. Light and easy with faint toffee and biscuit notes–this beer was a palate refresher after gorging on donuts from Portland cult-fave, Voodoo Doughnuts earlier in the day.


In Portland, people care about the ‘why’ behind the product, where it comes from and where the money is going…we started the company with a foundation of giving back.

— Joel Gregory, Founder



Photography by Tiffany Yang

Authored by Meng Yang & Tiffany Yang, collaborators for The Hop Review. The Yangs are designers and illustrators from Detroit, Michigan. They are the creators of the ‘DETOURS’ series and will be sharing their beer travels as they traverse the globe.