Scott Lawrence

Owner, Breakside Brewery

Scott Lawrence got an idea a decade ago on a trip to Alaska with his buddies. His epiphany emerged around a campfire, and it sparked into what became Breakside Brewery in Portland, Oregon. Since opening its doors in 2010, delicious Breakside brews are on tap at three locations and countless bars and restaurants, distributed in 8 states, they were named Brewery of the Year at the 2017 Oregon Beer Awards and named 2017 Best of Craft Beer Awards. Not bad for an idea that spawned from drinking on a camping trip.

Scott left his job in software sales with no experience in the brewing or restaurant industry. And yet he still managed to make a name for himself in a city with more micro-brews than you can shake a barley stalk at. Although not a native Portlander, he truly embodies the Pacific Northwest spirit.

Eating and drinking with friends is one of our unofficial mantras at Breakside.

You need to fail in order to learn. It’s been said many times before but from your failures come some of the best ideas and products.