The Growler Guys Opens Portland Outlet

As first reported here back in April a new Portland outlet of the popular The Growler Guys growler fill stations is set to open just in time for Portland Beer Week on June 4th in the Grand Central Bowl Building at SE 8th and Belmont.

After starting in Bend, Oregon, two years ago, The Growler Guys are now offering franchising opportunities and the Portland outlet will be owned by husband and wife team Brendan Cocks and Kourtney Nelson. The Portland store will have 48 taps of craft beer and cider, the menu will feature local brews as well as national and international craft brews via pints, taster trays and growler fills. The specialized menu system features “virtual tap handles” that distinctively shows the tap list.

“Our goal is to have one of most compelling tap lists in the area that appeals to both the beer aficionados as well as the more casual drinker – along with knowledgeable and friendly staff that are the hallmark of The Growler Guys,” says Brendan, who will be curating the menu and running daily operations along with his brother, Bryant.

Local firm Nick Weitzer Company led the tenant improvement project for The Growler Guys. The bar is made out of a single Montana tree that was sustainably harvested after a bark beetle infestation—resulting in a unique and beautiful look.

The Growler Guys was founded by Kent Couch, Mark Knowles and Kizer Couch in Bend, Oregon, and now has five locations in Oregon and Washington. The original Oregon growler filling station, The Growler Guys offers fresh craft beer, cider, sangria and kombucha. The tap list for each store is always current at
in the Grand Central Building at SE 8th

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  • Steve Armbrust
    Steve Armbrust
    Tue May 27, 2014 11:31 PM

    No online tap list yet for the portland store.

    • Brendan Cocks
      Brendan Cocks
      Wed May 28, 2014 3:16 AM


      Still a lot of finishing touches left for the store before we open next Wednesday. Tap list will be available by next Tuesday…..hope to see you there.


      • Dann Cutter
        Dann Cutter
        Wed May 28, 2014 7:52 PM

        Any special hours near fruit beer fest? Will see you folks on the 6th!

        • Brendan Cocks
          Brendan Cocks
          Thu May 29, 2014 4:10 AM


          We will be open Sunday thru Thursday 11am-10pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-11pm. No special hours for the Fruit Beer Fest…..but will be opening early for the World Cup games.

          Hope to see you next week!