Black Water – Portland’s First Metal-Themed Vegetarian Brewery

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Black Water Brewing Image from Google Maps Street View

The ominous-sounding Black Water will be Portland’s first metal-themed vegetarian brewery, coming soon to NE Broadway. The brewpub is an off-shoot project of Black Water Records and is being launched by owner Keith Testerman and homebrewers Devin Shollenberger and Alex Carroccio

To be located at 835 NE Broadway in a building that has been the home of a series of  Vietnamese restaurants, Black Water Brewing will be a burger and fries kind of joint, only it will be fully vegetarian. A large brewery won’t fit into this 3,662 sq. ft. space–only about 1,000 of those are for the brewery–but the crew is looking at a 3.5 barrel system that might barely eek out enough beer for the pub.

Cole Robinson, a local chef who has designed vegetarian menus for the likes of The White Owl Social Club,. will be behind the grill. Behind the bar will be a pretty standard lineup of ales like pales, reds, IPAs, and stouts, not to mention a full liquor bar.


Portland already has a vegan strip club, yet somehow this will be our first vegetarian or first metal-themed brewery, leaving us work to do as we attempt to catch up to Denver’s two(!) metal-themed breweries.

Expect Black Water Brewing to be open around the end of November, but probably not pouring its own housemade beer until some time after.

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Image from Google Maps Street View

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  • Champs
    Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:08 PM

    835 Broadway is not Hollywood. That’s squarely in the Lloyd District.

    Starting up comes with surprises. By now I’ve learned that “opening soon” is a unit of time roughly equivalent to one year, give or take. For their sake—or anyone else’s—I hope they are on the “take” side.