Beer News: New Openings, Closings & Beers

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Perusing recent OLCC liquor license applicants and reading local news outlets has helped me dig up a handful of interesting news items this week.
The future of Southeast Stark Street- The Montavilla neighborhood is continuing to look brighter. In addition beer geek favorite Roscoe’s and great restaurants like the Country Cat, the neighborhood is about to get what sounds like a new bottleshop or beer bar. An OLCC form shows an application filed for “Beer Bunker” at 79th and SE Stark by Overby Ventures LLC. Researching who was behind Overby, I found their office address and phone number was that of the Caldera Public House (not the brewery) on SE Stark and 60th. Interesting. If that weren’t enough good news, beloved Japanese restaurant Tanuki (which also has great beer and sake) has found a new home on SE Stark where Immortal Pie and Larder was located until recently.
The bottleshop trend appears to still be expanding, with a new one hoping to bring good beer to Troutdale. The soon-to-open shop will be called Brewligans. Founder John Griffin says he plans to stock over 100 bottles with a few rotating taps and is currently busy remodeling the space and filing floor plans with the city.
Ninkasi and 21st Amendment have leaked details and label art for their upcoming collaboration beer, which I reported on in a similar post a while back. This label is really cool and I believe it is intended to go cans produced for 21st Amendment, but it’s difficult to imagine it would be approved by the TTB since it is hard to discern the name of the beer, let alone that it is a beer at all. The small text says:

”In a surprising turn of events, rival superpowers have joined forces to bring a beer of might to the world. According to top-secret documents, recently unclassified, brewmasters for 21st Amendment in California and Ninkasi in Oregon began their brewing careers together many years ago.

Leaders from the two breweries reunited recently at a secret camp in the Sierras to devise their master plan. ‘We are more alike than we are different,’ said 21st Amendment’s Shaun O’Sullivan. ‘We must united in our common cause,’ added Ninkasi’s Jamie Floyd. The resulting collaboration, an ale brewed with California dates, an aggresive arsenal of all-Northwest hops and an unmistakable aroma of victory, deals a unified blow to unoriginal beers around the world.”

New – New Old Lompoc
In a recent interview with Lisa Morrison on Beer O’ Clock about the New Old Lompoc‘s 15th anniversary, owner Jerry Fechter revealed that the location is doomed and headed for a date with a wrecking crew by sometime next year, but that they were looking to relocate it somewhere. The rumor mill says the brewery has found a new space on NE Dekum, just up the street a bit from Breakside Brewery.

15th Avenue Hophouse is Open!
The controversial and long-delayed second location of the Hawthorne Hophouse, the 15th Avenue Hophouse, opened its doors Saturday the 27th in the Irvington Neighborhood. The OLCC saw fit to approve the pub’s plans, even though a small but vocal faction of the neighborhood objected. I wrote about that here. Currently the pub only has a small menu and not all of the taps are operational yet as they work out a few kinks.

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: [email protected]


  1. Anonymous

    August 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Rumors were those at Lompoc were pissed when Hopworks opened near them and now they are opening near Breakside. Pretty Pot/Kettle…

  2. Anonymous

    August 29, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Horrible writing. What location of new old lompoc are you talking about? Maybe when ya write try to proof read it first so it makes sense to the rest of the world.

    Is it the 5th quadrent and sidebar location you speak of that closing?

  3. Brett Begani

    August 29, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    1616 NW 23rd location is being demolished. The original location that has been mentioned numerous times already in this blog.

  4. Anonymous

    August 29, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    and the Grand Opening of Vancouver’s newest Bottle Shop.NW Liquid Gold is September 15th.

  5. Harry

    August 29, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Lots of anonymous rabble rousing…spreading rumors is not productive to the industry, if you know facts share them but leave the speculation at home. This post made plenty of sense to me, of course I know the New Old Lompoc is located on 23rd while the other locations are referred to as 5th Quadrant (and Sidebar), Hedge House, and Oaks Bottom.

  6. ElGordo

    August 29, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    @Anon – Pot/kettle indeed, for someone who complains about proofreading and then can’t spell “quadrant”.

    @Harry – Thanks for spelling things out so we didn’t have to.

  7. Anonymous

    December 30, 2011 at 3:14 am

    New Old Lompoc is the 23rd Location. Hedge House is Division. 5th Q & Side Bar are Williams. So really, the author was not being confusing.

  8. Anonymous

    March 13, 2012 at 3:28 am

    The New Old Lompoc on 23rd is closing down this spring for some urban growth development project. After that…. I HEARD they are reopening, same location, all revitalized and fresh. (have you seen their bathroom lately???)

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