The New School is stoked to see Brewmaster Carston Haney re-emerge just 4 months after leaving Alameda Brewing, announcing his own new brewery called Ross Island Brewing. Carston was one of our first features on this site back in February of 2010, and has since become a well-known and well-liked local brewer specializing in English ales with a Pacific Northwest update. We peeked in at the new Ross Island Brewing construction zone at SE 7th and Powell Boulevard, a location that sits just across the street from a dispensary and a strip club, and only 2 blocks from Portland institution — the Original Hotcake House. Carston and friends are working there now, doing as much of the demolition and buildout themselves as possible.
Ross Island Brewing plans to use the storefront–formerly a car stereo installer–as a small bar and tasting room, while in the back garage will be a modest 7-10bbl brewery. The tasting room/pub will serve meats and cheeses, but don’t expect a full menu, and it will not be kid-friendly. The decor will hearken back to outdoorsmen with a hundreds of years old canoe hanging above the salvaged wood bar, old fishing poles, and possibly even an elk head hanging along with other eclectic vintage items Carston and his wife Maude have been saving. Carston acknowledges it won’t open with a completely finished and polished look; he wants the space to come into its own with time. He is also awaiting a logo for the brewery, which will inform the rest of the brand image from the beer names to the look and feel.