Vagabond Brewing Expansion and New Albany Outpost Location Opening
Dean Howes and his partner/head brewer, James Cardwell, at Vagabond Brewing in Salem are embarking on a brewery expansion and the opening of a new satellite location called the Vagabond Outpost in Albany, OR. Vagabond has had great success in Oregon’s capital; last year the brewery opened a separate taproom/beer bar in Salem called the Victory Club that has performed well above expectations, according to Howes.
Almost to the three-year-old mark, Vagabond is adding 2,000 sq. ft. to the taproom in Salem and a new 10 barrel JVNW brewhouse that is expected in late September. After celebrating the big three anniversary this coming Saturday, Vagabond will focus on opening the Vagabond Outpost.
Dean Howes says, “our new spot in Albany was an opportunity that came our way late last fall and we couldn’t pass it up.” The buildout of the space–a failed growler fill station called 4 Seasons–is nearly complete, with some minor permitting ahead of a targeted opening in late February. The Vagabond team restarted the space and made it their own, Howes says. They “tore almost everything out and started from scratch with a much bigger bar and warmer polished atmosphere. Our plan is to feature 10 of our beers on tap with a rotating selection of 25 additional beers and ciders.”
Albany has always been underserved, and this location on the east side is known to be high traffic, a market Howes figures is neglected. With the upcoming expansions and new brewery, Vagabond hopes to get more beer outside of Salem and into other cities like Portland this fall.
2195 14th Ave S Albany, OR
Vagabond Brewing 3 Year Anniversary
Saturday, February 18th Noon – 10pm All-Ages
2195 Hyacinth St NE Ste 172