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First Look at Montavilla Brew Works, New Brewery Opens Friday

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Brewer/Owner Michael Kora behind the bar at Montavilla Brew Works

Brewer/Owner Michael Kora behind the bar at Montavilla Brew Works

Far from our first look at Montavilla Brew Works, I have been peering into the windows for over a year as the lengthy and much-delayed buildout and renovation progressed in my neighborhood. Check out our preview from January of 2014 to see the progress. Homebrewer Michael Kora realizes a dream come true this coming Friday, July 17th, when he finally opens the doors of his new 10bbl brewery and tasting room to the public.

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Montavilla Brew Works is housed in a very old building on SE 78th and Stark. Rather than knocking down the falling apart concrete building that hadn’t been used in years, Michael Kora has spent 2 years renovating it. He has also impressively fit in a 3 vessel steam-powered 10bbl brewery into the corner and still left a decent amount of space for the tasting room. This cozy strip of bars, restaurants, and shops is also the home of Roscoe’s, and neighbors–including myself–have been waiting with baited breath for a brewery.

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Brewer/Owner Michael Kora will begin focusing on American and English-style ales that easy to drink and quaffable. From a hoppy red to a citra hopped pale ale, it will be mostly classic and proven beer styles to begin with, and later will likely move into strong ales and lagers. Michael Kora has been releasing beers under the Montavilla Brew Works name since last winter, all of which were brewed on a pilot system–a homebrewing rig, actually. I am happy to report all of those beers were solid to very good, and Michael says brewing on the full 10bbl brewhouse for the last few weeks has gone smoothly. Fifteen taps will rotate a half dozen or so Montavilla Brew Works beers, guest taps from other local favorites, and fellow new breweries and cideries, along with a non-alcoholic root beer on draft. Michael hopes to do a steady growler fill business for locals and be a chill hang out space with wi-fi.

You may be disappointed if you’re hoping for a kitchen and all-ages friendly experience, though; this is a place for adults. Without the room for a kitchen or its attendant staff, you are encouraged to bring in outside food. Flying Pie Pizza is right across the street, and so is the Montavilla Farmers Market on Sundays. The brewery and tasting room is on the corner with big roll-up doors on the west side of the building, and another on the east that opens to what will be an enclosed beer garden and patio.

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Montavilla Brew Works has kept a lot of the old concrete walls and wood rafters while bringing in nicely polished live edge tables and stained glass. The opening hallway features a drinking rail and an old church pew. The bar will seat just seven people, and there are two other full size tables. I imagine this place could get packed on weekends ,and the patio will likely be a neighborhood hot spot. Outdoor seating will likely be almost double whats available inside.

Montavilla Brew Works grand opening

Montavilla Brew Works Grand Opening

Friday July 17th 4pm – 11pm

Montavilla Brew Works has not announced hours yet but expect Tuesday – Sunday hours 4pm until 8 or 9pm to start. Recommend calling ahead.

7805 SE Stark St
Portland, Oregon
(503) 954-3440

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com

3 Comments

  1. HS

    July 13, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    It feels like the city is over saturated with beer but on Stark Street there are already too many beer options.

    I’m not optimistic they can make it.

    • Samurai Artist

      July 14, 2015 at 9:02 am

      The city isnt oversaturated and numbers back that up, cant think of another brewery on Stark or even in the neighborhood.

  2. Robert

    July 15, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    This is more than a little exciting….It will be on our radar immediately.
    Good Luck Michael! And thanks for putting in the hard work and getting it fine tuned!

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