New Portland Brewery: Montavilla Brew Works

Montavilla Brew Works is scheduled to open by summer 2014 at 78th and SE Stark in Portland.
Rumors have circulated around the east of Mt. Tabor neighborhood called Montavilla since I moved there six months ago that someone had purchased the long abandoned Daugherty Auto Service building and the house behind it to become a brewery. For months there was no word, no sign of activity at the rundown old concrete building and no permits filed that were made public. Then just days ago the mystery deepened when two signs appeared in freshly paned windows that said “Fresh Beer” and “Brewed Here This Year”. Finally this week the man behind the business, noted local homebrewer Michael Kora who also resides in the neighborhood just blocks away, would take his serious hobby pro.

Work has just begun on the old Daugherty Auto Service building that has been sitting unused for about two decades, and this concrete slab dating back to the mid 50’s is going to need it. Right now it’s not much to look at but Michael Kora is confident that his construction contractors are going to move quick, in the last week they installed fresh new windows around the building and sky lights in the roof. There is not even a single door on the building, just three large roll-up doors that will be pulled out and replaced.

It is not a large building at under 1,600 square feet but what it has going for it is an underserved neighborhood and a side and back yard. Kora and his wife and business partner hope to take advantage of a lack of outside patios in the neighborhood with a tasting room catered towards on-site pints and growlers to go in the vein of North Portland’s Occidental Brewing. Inside the building they are planning to install a 10bbl brewhouse with 3 fermenters and 2 uni brite tanks. This will leave a modest but cozy tasting room space minus a kitchen that will encourage locals to hang out and bring outside food in.

Michael Kora has cut his teeth homebrewing with the brew crew and working for Bridgeport Brewing in their warehouse. After years of questioning pro-brewers and perfecting his specialty brews: well balanced Strong ales and German lagers, Michael Kora is ready to bring them to the public alongside more traditional Pacific Northwest Pales and the like. Their is still a lot of construction and permitting that needs to happen before Montavilla Brew Works can even talk about an opening date but Michael Kora is confident they can open by summer 2014. we will of course keep you updated on their progress.

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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:


  • Mollie the Cat
    Mollie the Cat
    Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:39 PM

    Yes! The neighboorhood could use a brewpub.

    • Unknown
      Tue Feb 4, 2014 2:46 AM

      Awesome work! So glad you guys are doing this… I live near 87th and division and will come when you open!

      • Elizabeth
        Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:34 PM

        You will have a lot of neighborhood support!
        Will Montavilla Brew Works allow minors?