Amnesia Brewing Mississippi Sold, StormBreaker Brewing To Take Its Place

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North Portland’s popular Amnesia Brewing brewpub location on Mississippi has been sold and will become StormBreaker Brewing. Fear not, lovers of Amnesia’s Copacetic IPA and Trail Hazer Pale, because the company’s Washougal, Washington, production brewery that opened last year will live on, producing even more Amnesia brews. Meanwhile, Amnesia brewer “Rob” Allen Lutz has purchased the original Amnesia Brewing home after working there for the last 4 years. He was with Point Blank Distributing before that.

The Amnesia sale goes through on January 1st; at that time the pub will close down for a spiffy but minor remodeling and rebranding. The brewpub will reopen as StormBreaker Brewing with a little bit smaller output than before. The new owners will begin by supplying the pub with new recipes and doing some self-distribution of kegs around town. Before long the new team hopes to make a few changes on the existing Amnesia model, such as more new and rotating beers, experimenting with Belgian styles, and freshening up the food menu with more options. More production brewing is not far out, though, with plans to begin canning and/or bottling beer sooner rather than later. Brewer/Owner Rob Lutz even hopes to eventually change Amnesia’s infamous no minors policy to allow kids, though he says he won’t go so far as to add a play area. Fans of Amnesia’s patio will still be pleased, but the new owners hope to warm up the interior and make it more welcoming and slightly less “warehousey,” too. Rob will continue on as the sole Head Brewer to start with and will be joined in the venture by his friend Dan Malick as a business partner/investor. Look for the new StormBreaker Brewing to open in February; in the meantime you can still enjoy the Amnesia pub for the rest of the year.

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  1. Anonymous

    September 3, 2013 at 11:30 pm


    As it wasn’t getting bad enough.

  2. Anonymous

    September 3, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Dan and Rob are good people. They’ll do right by the location. Amnesia’s beer is great, but the place was not living up to its potential.

  3. Anonymous

    September 4, 2013 at 8:06 am

    is this place even relevant anymore? wtf cares.

  4. Anonymous

    September 4, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    So, Amnesia is going out of business?

    • Samurai Artist

      September 4, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      as stated in the first paragraph, Amnesia has a new Washougal, WA production brewery

  5. Justin Quinn

    September 4, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Amnesia is moving north to Washington

  6. Anonymous

    September 11, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Cool. Excited for to try their brew!

  7. Justin H

    September 28, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Rob’s a good dude, will be great to see what he brings to this neglected spot. Amnesia never lived up to it’s potential IMO.

  8. Anonymous

    October 7, 2013 at 6:25 am

    One of the only places with no kids. Why the f do they have to mess with that? Leave em at home, we are trying to drink good beer in peace!

  9. Anonymous

    November 21, 2013 at 12:57 am

    It will be good. Rob has a huge advantage already having brewed on that system and being familiar with the location. Should be an easy transition. It’s an awesome spot and it has been underutilized for a while now, so I’m excited to see what Rob can do with the place. The local beer community is rooting for him. Also, Amnesia’s new location in Washougal is excellent and the beer tastes almost exactly the same, if not better.

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