Chad Kennedy’s New Bend Brewery – Worthy Brewing
If you have not been following the latest beer news, longtime Laurelwood Brewmaster Chad Kennedy announced recently that he was leaving Laurelwood to help open a new brewery in Bend. Soon afterwards, Laurelwood announced that Vasilios Gletsos would be the new Brewmaster and will be be helping the company open a new production brewery.
|Roger Worthington photo from Business Week|
Not surprisingly Chad Kennedy plans to bring his own twist to the brewery. Besides the popular IPAs that made Laurelwood famoud, Chad hopes to brew more experimental beers and bring a more educational approach to the new concept, although how the plan for execution is unclear. Bend Bulletin quotes Chad on this subject:
“I want us to make a difference. I want us to push the envelope, … get the Bend community, get the brewers’ community all involved, you know, and play that role, because it seems there’s not really a place where that’s happening right now,”
It seems like the venture is still a ways off, as no permits or applications have yet been filed to begin improvements or construction on the brewery, but city officials say the plan looks like a go so far. The reported opening won’t be until late 2012 or 2013, so I suspect we will be learning a lot more in the next year.