About Us

Our Story

Level Beer was founded in 2016 by Geoffrey Phillips, Jason Barbee and Shane Watterson, with a focus on balance.  Balanced beers for a balanced life.

As parents of young children these industry veterans know how hard it can be to balance work and family life. Their idea was to create a work/life balance for all of their customers, employees and community through beer. Level Beer strives to make the highest quality, most innovative, balanced beer they can; while doing so in a family friendly space, providing their employees with a great working environment, and helping to improve the community they are in. If you are going to dream, you might as well dream big!

Situated on 2 acres in Northeast Portland, Level Beer includes a tasting room, greenhouse beer garden, food carts, and a large outdoor space with games and a hop field!

The brewery has both a 20 barrel production brewhouse as well as a 2.5 barrel pilot system, allowing for experimentation and innovation.

Please come out and visit us in person, look for our products on draft, in bottles and in cans. We know you make a choice when you spend your money and we hope you choose to help us keep the dream of Level Beer alive and well!

The Owners

Geoff Phillips

Owner

A California native, Geoff graduated from California State University Northridge with a degree in Urban Studies in 2002. While working as a city planner in Southern California, Geoff discovered his love for craft beer. In 2006 he decided to leave his planning career behind and moved to Portland to open up Bailey’s Taproom. Bailey’s is now recognized as one of the best beer bars in the country. Geoff also owns The Upper Lip, which opened above Bailey’s in 2013, and BrewedOregon, which opened in 2016 and sells Oregon craft beer apparel and merchandise. Geoff is thrilled to bring you Level Beer, which is his most ambitious endeavor to date.

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Jason Barbee

Owner / Brewer

A native Oregonian, Jason went to Lakeridge High School and later Whitman College where he received a degree in Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology.  After homebrewing in college Jason got his first brewing job as an assistant brewer at the Deschutes Portland Pub in 2007 and continued to brew at Deschutes for 7 years.  In late 2014 Jason left Deschutes to become head brewer at Ex Novo Brewing Co, a start-up non-profit brewery in Portland. Jason is very excited to be a brewer/owner at Level Beer.

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Shane Watterson

Owner / Brewer

Shane is a 6th generation Oregonian. He graduated from Reynolds High School, Mt. Hood Community College and the University of Nevada, Reno with a Philosophy Major and a Spanish Minor. Shane started homebrewing in 2006, and got his start as an assistant brewer at the Deschutes Portland Pub in 2007. In 2009 Shane became the Oregon Brew Crew Homebrewers Club Education Chairman. In 2010 he graduated from the American Brewers Guild where he received a certification in Intensive Brewing Science and Engineering. That summer he was offered a brewer position at Laurelwood Brewery in Portland and over the next 6 years went from brewer to brewmaster. Shane is also very excited to be a brewer/owner at Level Beer.

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