Oregon City Brewing Expansion with New Brewer David Vohden

Oregon City Brewing and new brewer David Vohden

Oregon City Brewing and new brewer David Vohden

Oregon City Brewing has proved there is an appetite for good beer in the OC and is planning an expansion that includes a new brewhouse and a restaurant. The company has hired award-winning 13 Virtues head brewer David Vohden. Oregon City Brewing was the 2nd brewery to open in the city after Feckin Irish Brewing, but it is the largest taproom featuring 44 lines, including many guest beers, ciders and wine and originally a parking lot for food carts. The spot quickly became a top destination in the area for good craft beer.

However, Oregon City Brewing ran into regulations with the city on having the food carts on premises and was fined $350 a day until the brewery agreed to remove them. Now a year later, OCB is weeks away from signing a lease agreement to have a stand-alone restaurant move in to half of the building and provide food to pub patrons and more. Seating will stay mostly the same, but there will be a revamp on the 2,000 square foot patio and hopefully an opening of the restaurant in early April.

New Oregon City Brewing brewer David Vohden pulls a pint

New Oregon City Brewing brewer David Vohden pulls a pint

Also in the works is a new  7bbl brewhouse–four 7BBL fermentors, two 7BBL brite tanks, and two 15BBL unitanks–for late 2016, giving David a chance to upgrade or refresh OC Beer Co.’s lineup. The tasting room/taphouse currently has 8 of its own beers on tap among the 44 total.

Here is the core lineup for 2016:

Altbier / NW Red hybrid
Kolsch-style IPA
Vienna-style (Marzen/Oktoberfest) Amber Lager
Dry-hopped “IPL”
Hank’s Marionberry Sour Berlinerweiss
Dry-hopped Sour IPA
Rotating seasonal Gose

OC Beer Co. will eventually rotate in another dozen or so seasonals.

Oregon City Brewing
1401 Washington St
Oregon City, Oregon
(503) 908-1948

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