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.