Out in the sticks of Boardman, Oregon, a small town beer success story is forming in Ordnance Brewing. This spinoff of Neighbor Dudes tap houses is expanding the current 7bbl Ordnance brewhouse to a 50bbl system. The small brewery located off of I-84 is primed for a big expansion by spring of 2016 that will bring four of its main lineup beers to six packs and rotating seasonals and limited edition beers.
Although Ordnance Brewing may not immediately be needing that 50bbl brewhouse (an old Rogue Ales brewery), two 60 barrel fermenters and the five 100 barrel fermenters on order. Ordnance had sold and been taxed on 385.30 barrels in 2015 as of October (the most recent taxable barrels report by OLCC available), but the expansion will bring the brewery’s annual capacity to 50,000 barrels (more than twice as much as Full Sail Brewing will do in Oregon in 2015). The 7bbl system will still be active as the brewery slowly scales up.
“We don’t expect to brew at capacity immediately but it is nice to have the room for growth and an enhanced set of tools for our brewer. He’s been doing a stellar job with our current equipment but to strengthen consistency, quality and availability we decided it was time to step up and prepare for continued growth,” noted brewery partner Craig Coleman.
The Ordnance team is finalizing its new packaging program with labels prepped for 22 oz bottles, 12 oz cans, and 12 oz bottles. “We believe it is critical to be flexible and ready for what the market wants, so we are taking the time to be as well prepared as we can,” noted Mr. Coleman.
Initial plans are to launch with the very successful FMJ IPA, Kolsch, Pale Ale and an English Strong Ale as the core set of beers. Limited edition brews at launch look to be the popular Double Recoil IPA and Bloops, a blueberry wheat.
Ordnance Head Brewer, Logan Mayfield
“I’m more of a malt forward guy so my IPAs tend to be less intense than current trends. I brew a rich hop style but more balanced, allowing for more than one pint of enjoyment,” noted Head Brewer Logan Mayfield (pictured above). “The new system will allow me to keep our core beers in check while utilizing our original system for on-going experimentation including a variety of barrel aged concepts we are slowly releasing.”
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Ordnance Brewing is an outlier, a brewery out past the far edges of Pacific Northwest population centers, far from the region’s corporate breweries and dense brewer communities – smack dab in the middle of a beer desert. As such, there are no predetermined expectations, no unspoken rules or formulas to be accountable to. It’s the freedom found in the wide-open spaces of the Columbia Plateau and expansive farmland. In this remoteness, we brew freely, with an innovative spirit, a farmer’s work ethic and the creativity of someone living off the land, making beauty out of little. The owners, brewer and brewery itself are on the fringe, uninhibited, driven to work together for a common cause, a unified mission: Brew distinct, honest and simply enjoyable beer.
Our namesake is now a ghost town, a collection of decaying offices, a theater and school. A water tower still stands tall above this once bustling community. It was here, generations ago, that people came from all over the country for the common good. Here, everyday citizens did their part to set aside their differences and support a growing war effort in the Pacific and Europe. To these noble people, to our ancestors, we raise our glass and carry forward the name Ordnance now associated with Oregon craft beer.
Learn more at www.ordnancebrewing.com