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Wayfinder Beer Announces Opening Date

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Wayfinder head brewer Kevin Davey (left) and bar manager Jonathan Carmean (right)

Wayfinder head brewer Kevin Davey (left) and bar manager Jonathan Carmean (right)

The highly anticipated Wayfinder Beer opens this Saturday, October 1st, in the Produce Row neighborhood. Look for a full preview later this week, but for now, we have some updates and photos from a recent friendly visit to Portland’s most anticipated new brewery of the year. Wayfinder is from some of the creators of Double Mountain Brewery, Sizzle Pie, and Podnah’s Pit, with our friend Kevin Davey (previously of Gordon Biersch, Chuckanut, and Firestone Walker) behind the brew kettle.

 

A rendering of the Wayfinder deck/patio from Works Progress Architecture (WPA)

A rendering of the Wayfinder deck/patio from Works Progress Architecture (WPA)

PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept 26, 2016) — Wayfinder Beer, Portland’s long-anticipated, lager-focused brewery and restaurant, is opening its doors on October 1st, 2016. Wayfinder is the brainchild of Charlie Devereux (Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom), Matthew Jacobson (Sizzle Pie, Quality Bar, Relapse Records), and Rodney Muirhead (Podnah’s Pit, La Taq), and sits in the heart of Portland’s dynamic Central Eastside neighborhood. A hybrid of a German-style beer hall and a Northwest brewery/restaurant, Wayfinder will quench beer-lovers’ desire for craft beer — especially great lagers — and delicious, made-from-scratch pub fare.
Located in a beautifully renovated 100+ year-old former grain warehouse, Wayfinder will feature 110 seats indoors and an epic raised deck with capacity for an extra 100+ patrons outside. The bar’s 16 taps will initially feature a mix of collaboration brews made with great local breweries (Baerlic, Breakside, Hopworks, 54° 40′, Widmer), along with some well-curated guest beers. A 10-barrel brewing system will come online soon, with award-winning lager specialist Kevin Davey (Chuckanut, Firestone Walker, Gordon Biersch) at the helm. Celebrated mixologist Jacob Grier brings finesse and style to Wayfinder’s cocktail program.

 

A beer on Wayfinder's elevated patio deck

A beer on Wayfinder’s elevated patio deck

In the kitchen, Muirhead, Willamette Week’s 2011 Restaurant of the Year Winner for Podnah’s Pit, has designed a beer-friendly menu of fine American cuisine in his signature style: inventive yet gimmick-free, and executed to the highest standards. Sandwiches (think smoked prime rib with beer cheese; house-smoked pastrami), house-made sausages and pretzels, and a wide array of snacks dominate the all-day menu. In the evening, a custom wood-fired grill will deliver steaks, chicken, coal-roasted vegetables, and much more. “We make everything we can from scratch,” says Muirhead.
For the founding partners, the opening of Wayfinder is the culmination of a long process of creation and discovery. “We’re three entrepreneurs who came together to see what we can add to the Portland scene,” remarks Devereux. “The space looks great and we can’t wait to open the doors and welcome our great local audience.”

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]

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