The Bend area in central Oregon has at least six new breweries in the works, making it Portland's nearest beer destination rival. One of those newbies is North Rim Brewing, which plans to be launching its beers in the next month.
Shane Nielsen and his business partner Bruce are successful general contractors, but they realize with their advancing age that their bodies are not going to be what they once were. Both Shane and Bruce have been homebrewing for many years, and when a friend of theirs went on to open his own brewery and did well, they decided to follow their passion and change careers by opening up a 10bbl production brewery near 10 Barrel Brewing's new operation.
North Rim Brewing plans to have bottles available right out of the gate and hopes to start canning soon. With (3) 30 bbl fermenters and soon to be adding (2) 60 bbl brite tanks and a 30 bbl brite, all fabricated at Marks Metalworks in Vancouver, WA, North Rim should be able to put out a good amount of beer into the market by early September. The brewery is in talks with distributors but plans to start off with self-distribution and a tasting room with dock sales to start before launching state-wide by early 2014.
The brewery will launch with the standard 3 flagship beer lineup in bottles and on draft: Single Track IPA, Skyline Belgian Pale, and Roundabout Stout. There will be seasonal releases, beginning with a pumpkin-spiced ale.
You might wonder if there is room for another production brewery in Bend, let alone one that does not appear to be selling anything all that different from dozens of other breweries. Co-owner Shane Nielsen is confident in the products:
"At first glance, One may think that Bend is saturated with beer, but there is an ever growing market for craft beer in Bend and nationwide. Local stores and establishments are eager to have new breweries and products from the area and they keep asking when my beer will be ready. But the great thing is, there is plenty of room for all of us here and all over the NW. Bend may be where there is a large number of breweries, but our sales are not just limited to Central Oregon. Note, there are over 450 wineries in Oregon alone. Beer has some catching up to do."
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