Oregon’s first non-profit pub – Oregon Public House has been a role model for many and will soon be celebrating its first anniversary will the roll-out two of its own house beers. Opened in May 2013 after over a year or delays, head barkeep and pastor Ryan Saari should have donated over 20K in proceeds by the first birthday on May 20th .
The Oregon Public House is a Public Benefit nonprofit located in the heart of the once-desolate Woodlawn Neighborhood in NE Portland, just a few blocks from Breakside Brewery. OPH was three years in the making and managed to be created, remodeled, and opened by volunteers without incurring any debt. With no owner, investors, or shareholders, 100% of any profit made from the restaurant goes out the door to the partnered charities.
Since its opening, OPH has expressed its interest and plans to become a brewpub as well as a great taphouse, and local homebrewer Dean Ivester was tapped to be head brewer. For the OPH 1 Year Anniversary Party on Saturday, May 10th, the pub will debut two house beers created by Dean and contract brewed for the pub.
Pints Urban Brewing in NW Old Town neighborhood of Portland has been branching out with spinoff locations and now has been singled out to contract brew for the Oregon Public House.
“Both beers will be brewed on their system downtown, but are my recipes from my experiences as a homebrewer. Alan Taylor (pints brewmaster) and I will be brewing them together. Mostly Alan will do the brewing as I am just learning how to brew on a large scale at this point,” explained OPH brewer Dean Ivester.
OPH’s second beer is NW IPA brewed with a hefty amount of whirlpool hops and dry hops. It has a bit of a sweet backbone from crystal malt balanced with Columbus, Amarillo, Cascade, and Centennial hops.
Celebrate the Oregon Public House’s landmark One Year Anniversary all day long on Saturday, May 10th, with live music at 7pm, and at 8pm the pub will announce the new charity partnerships for its 2nd year.