Award-winning brewery Logsdon Farmhouse Ales is finalizing a deal to be sold and dissolve its current LLC, with all assets to be acquired by a new ownership group that comprises Uptown Market and original Logsdon investor John Plutshack (now an owner of Tin Bucket). The sale–which won’t be finalized until some time in August–means the exit of original founding partner and brewmaster Chuck Porter, who is working his last day with the company today. Logsdon founder and namesake Dave Logsdon is planning to
cash out and retire stay with the company for now, seeing the transition through before retiring with the Logsdon sale and a substantial sum from the recent sale of Full Sail Brewing, of which he was an original partner.
Chuck Porter said in a statement, “Today is my last day as Head Brewer at Logsdon Farmhouse Ales. I’ve put head and heart into building this business since we started this partnership in 2011, and while our beers have never had my name on them, they’ve always had my soul in them. Along with Dave, and as Founding Brewer, I’ve played an essential part in the face, taste and character of our beers. I’m proud of my contribution to our success and to the impact we’ve had on the American-Style Brett Beer category.”
Charles Porter (left), Judith Barnes and her husband, founder David Logsdon. Photo credit OregonLive.com
What does this mean for the brewery? Logsdon Farmhouse Ales as a brand will continue; in fact, the brewery is planning to open a new Barrel House taproom in Hood River any day now and is receiving a brand new bottling line, in addition to a recently installed awesome coolship open fermenter. However the brewery is now left with none of the experienced main team and only two new assistant brewers. The new team hasn’t even procured the peaches or cherries from this season to make the brewery’s most famous beers–Peche ‘n Brett and Cerasus. (Though there is still time this season to obtain the fresh fruit).
UPDATE Friday 7/29/2015 at 2:33pm: Dave Logsdon and Stuart Faris of Uptown Market have got back to us with a comment, clarifying the business relationship. “This is an agreement between two private, family-owned companies, with the Logsdon family remaining involved. There is a restructuring of Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, in which Dave Logsdon will continue as the Founding Farm Brewmaster, to sustain the growth and exceptional quality Logsdon fans respect and covet. New members will join the current Logsdon Team in management and operations, as Dave is stepping back from directing the day-to-day operations full-time and Charles Porter has indicated his intent to leave his position as farmhouse brewer.”
Our understanding is that Dave will stay on for now to oversee the transition and is not leaving immediately.
Logsdon Barrel House