Portland, OR


10,000 Sq Ft




Sum Design Studio + Architecture

Ex-Novo Brewery was one of our very first brewery projects, and we believe Ex Novo is a North Portland must-see. On sunny days, you’ll witness the glass garage door open with seating inside and out.

Joel Gregory is a pioneer of sorts and do-it-yourself kind of guy. Ex Novo means “from nothing,” and we built their brewery the same way—from a former lighting manufacturing building in North Portland. After finding the building, we worked to build a brewery from the ground up. The brewery made the most of the existing character-filled building, providing a new life to the property. We like to partner with dreamers, like Joel, to see their vision come to life.

The Portland location offers a full brewery and warm touches from the varieties of warm woods, interesting light fixtures, long communal wood tables, etc. The brewery has an industrial yet cozy feel that is sure to spark good conversations, and their beer is delicious too!

What is particularly unique about Ex-Novo is their mission to brew great beer and to use their business as a platform for good in our community and across the globe. Since opening their doors in 2014, the company has donated almost $100,000 back to charities, communities, and other global efforts.