Six New Breweries & Tap Rooms Opening in Oregon

A collection of news tidbits on upcoming brewery and beer related businesses in the state of Oregon. While the 2014 class of new Portland area breweries is already looking exciting, there are new breweries popping up all over the state, as well as new taphouses. We thought those deserve a look as well.

The Growler Guys in Portland
The popular Bend-based growler fill station comes to Portland by way of franchising with a new location at the Grand Central Bowl building. This will be the 3rd Growler Guys franchise location and will be owned by newcomer Brendan Cocks. This growler-centric outpost will also serve beers in-house–pints as well as taster trays–but will not have bar seating or food. There will be a huge number of taps–48!–with 5 or so of those dedicated to cider or gluten-free beers. Even with all that, how do the Growler Guys expect to stand-out with the opening of a new growler fill station on every corner? “I hope to be one of the most diverse taplists of any growler store in the city, emphasis on customer service, and our location….already a ‘go-to’ beer destination with all the SE breweries in close proximity along with emerging commercial and residential growth….I think those are all factors that give us a competitive advantage right from the start,”said owner Brendan Cocks when asked this question.

The Growler Guys Portland
816 SE 8th Ave, Suite 109

Salud Restaurant & Brewery
A cool new brewery and restaurant concept is coming to Roseburg, Oregon. Salud Restaurant & Brewery will have a Latin theme. It’s refreshing to hear about a brewpub that’s not just serving American pub food; I wonder whether that theme will translate to the beer?

537 SE Jackson St
Roseburg, Oregon 97470

Elk Horn Brewery in Eugene
From the owners of Eugene’s popular southern fried cuisine food cart Delacata comes an ambitious new brewing project. Making its home in an old Carl’s Jr. restaurant, the Elk Horn Brewery will also be a ciderhouse–investors from Sweet Cheeks Winery producing ciders and meads for the brewery as well as putting in 5 acres of hops at their farm. The new restaurant will have 100 seats inside and another 100 seats outside and specialize in local and sustainable southern-style food. Co-owner Colleen Sheehan hopes to add a barrel-aged program and explore her passion for sour beers soon after establishing a solid year-round beer lineup. Elk Horn Brewery hopes to open this July or August.

686 E Broadway St.
Eugene, Oregon 97401

Griess Family Brews in Grants Pass, Oregon
A family-owned brewing operation that has been producing beers for some years, just not for commercial sale. Now in the process of getting their final permits finished up, the brewers hope to open a 2.5 barrel system and taproom in downtown Grants Pass.
220 SW H Street
Grants Pass, Oregon 97526

Waltz Brewing in Forest Grove
Another new brewery concept combines a tap room with a record room. Experienced homebrewers Karl Glatz (head brewer) and Michael Duron (associate brewer) have been brewing together for the past few years on a 2 barrel system, though they hope to upgrade to a 7bbl soon. Owner Adam Zumwalt adds, “Our record store is stocked with roughly 1500 eclectic offerings available to play and purchase. Most are $1 each. Something to enjoy while sampling our 21 on tap beer offerings in a comfortable rustic warehouse setting.” Photos from the Waltz Brewing facebook page of a warm wood paneled old building that will be heated by a wood fired stove look like much as rustic fun as it gets. The Waltz Brewing tasting room plans to open by mid-April without food or any house beers, but samples, glasses, pints, grenades, growlers and t-shirts.
1900 A Street
Forest Grove, Oregon 97116

Untapped in N. Portland
A brand new taphouse and growler fill station is opening nearby the Interstate location of Fire on the Mountain in North Portland. “Untapped” will feature 30 taps of craft beer, cider and Kombucha and a small bottle selection. The pub will offer pints and taster trays as well as growler fills to go.
N. Interstate and Skidmore
Portland, Oregon 97217

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  • chuggnutt
    Tue Apr 8, 2014 2:22 PM

    Actually that will be the fifth Growler Guys location; there are two in Bend, one in Eugene, and one in Richland, Washington already.

    – Jon

    • Samurai Artist
      Samurai Artist
      Tue Apr 8, 2014 7:10 PM

      yeah but the owners tell me it is just the third franchised location.

    • Brian Yaeger
      Brian Yaeger
      Tue Apr 8, 2014 6:24 PM

      You know I woulda pooped a brick of dried hops if there were any not on my list. Elk Horn is going to become a top dining destination among brewpubs. Hope the beer will hold up its end of the bargain.