With 2016 under our belts, it’s time to look forward to our top 15 most anticipated Oregon brewery openings of 2017. Even with Oregon’s slowing craft beer market, there are more than enough new spots to be excited about, from ambitious newbies to grizzled veterans, and probably a few you have never heard of.
Bodega Beer – Portland
One of the more ambitious new breweries coming to town is Bodega Beer, occupying a big renovation on the corner of SE 14th and Stark right across the street from Meat Cheese Bread and taproom ‘Beer’. Charlie Hyde is teaming with Laurelwood brewer Steven Balzer on this 15bbl brewhouse project with an emphasis on IPAs. Steven says “Our goal is to also have a Pils/Lager on at all times and keep flexibility for other international styles and experimental hops.” The building will have a taproom and a partnership with a local food cart that will use an on-site kitchen instead of actually having a food cart parked outside. Bodega Beer hopes to open Spring of 2017. 1403 SE Stark Portland, Oregon.
Breakside Brewery Slabtown – Portland
Breakside has been staffing up lately, perhaps in anticipation of opening its 3rd location in the Slabtown hood of NW 22nd in Portland. The brewery recently added Waylon Macallister–previously of Metalcraft Fabrication, Pelican Brewing and Elysian–and just last week Natalie Baldwin of Burnside Brewing Co. joined the team. The delayed buildout of the NW brewpub is finally underway with the installation of a new 10bbl brewhouse that will make its own unique house beers that focus on new and experimental hops. There will be a full restaurant, outdoor beer garden, meeting/banquet space, and rooftop beer garden. If all goes well, look forward to a late spring 2017 opening at 1570 NW 22nd Ave. Portland, OR 97210.
Crooked River Brewing – Prineville
Crooked River Brewing will join Ochoco Brewing as the 2nd brewery in Prineville this January. The antique mall warehouse turned pizza pub and brewery will take another handful of months to get the 4bbl brewery open, but will be slinging fifteen guest taps and pies much sooner. The space is 7,000 square feet with lots of room for parties, bar games, outdoor seating and yes, kids. 420 N Main Street Prineville, Oregon.
Ferment – Portland & Hood River, OR
Daniel Peterson left pFriem Family Brewers going on two years ago to open his own spot simply called ‘Ferment‘. Dan has a pedigree with stints at Brooklyn Brewery and Full Sail before pFriem. His vision is a Hood River-based brewery and a Portland taproom. He has already been brewing beer under the Ferment brand from Zoiglhaus Brewery, but plans to get his own spot up and running in 2017. Originally planning to open a taproom in the new ‘The Yard’ building by the Burnside Bridge, Dan has now moved on to look at spaces in other buildings in the same area. You can follow ‘Ferment’ on instagram for now.
Foster-Powell Brewery – Portland
The longstanding Paldo’s Korean Market between Foster and Holgate at Southeast 61st is slated to be redeveloped as a restaurant and bar for a future brewery. Possible future owner Gabe Headrick cautions, “we’re in the beginning stages of figuring out what the city is going to require, so it may be a little premature.” In other words, let’s not consider this a done deal yet. We are crossing our fingers, though. 6112 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206.
Grains of Wrath Brewing – Camas, WA
OK, I cheated by adding Grains of Wrath Brewing to this list since it’s technically not in Oregon. Of course Camas, Washington is still very close (a 26 minute drive from my house) and Fat Head’s brewer Mike Hunsaker’s new project is very exciting. We’ve already broken the scoop on this metal and punk-themed brewpub here, and since then Jackson Wyatt of NWIPA fame has announced he is also joining the team at GOW. They hope for a summer 2017 opening at 425 N.E. Birch St. Camas, WA.
Great Notion Brewing Production Facility – Portland
The most talked about new brewery of 2016 was without a doubt Great Notion Brewing, and with less than a year under their belts the crew is already working on opening a production brewery. Though the lease is not yet signed, you can look forward to a lot more juicy, fruit-forward, hazy IPAs, candy- and dessert-inspired strong ales, barrel-aged sours, and clean bourbon barrel-aged and tequila barrels in the pipeline. Look for news on the new facility’s location, brewery specs, and beers coming in the very near future.
The Horn Public House & Brewery – Depoe Bay
One of Oregon’s Brew Brothers and Oregon Beer Growler homebrewing column writer Chris Jennings has left his job brewing at Alameda Brewing to become the head brewer at The Horn Public House & Brewery. The pub and restaurant in Depoe Bay has already been open for a while, with a 10bbl brewhouse in the works. It’s a substantial pub–two floors with a full restaurant from the owners of Gracie’s Sea Hag. Jennings says, “I’ll be brewing a little bit of everything. I am eventually planning on having 10 of our own beers on tap, so standard fare on probably 6 and some fun beers and experiments on the other 4.” The place hopes to be brewing in the first quarter of 2017. 110 SE Highway 101 Depoe Bay, Oregon.
Little Beast Brewing – Beaverton
In 2015 Charles Porter left Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, where he had worked as the primary founding brewer and launched his own Aberrant Ales line. Now he has stepped out on his own, leasing a temporary brewing space in Beaverton at The Westgate Bourbon Bar & Taphouse in what was the Brannon’s Brewery.
Charles and his wife Brenda Crow will release farmhouse-style ales and sour mixed fermentation wild and bacteria laden ales with fruit like Pinot grapes and cherries. Expect a strong emphasis on wild foraged ingredients in the beers, which will temporarily be made in Hillsboro until a Portland space can be located. Little Beast hopes to have beers available by late spring, but collaborations with others are already underway.
Level Beer – Portland
What happens when the head brewers from Ex Novo Brewing (Jason Barbee) and Laurelwood (Shane Watterson) team up with the owner of Bailey’s Taproom (Geoff Phillips) and Brewed Oregon? They apparently level beer up by starting their own farmhouse brewery without farmhouse beers in far northeast Portland. The new space won’t have a kitchen, but it will have a garden, food carts and, likely, excellent beer. You can follow the progress now on facebook, twitter and instagram. 5211 NE 148th Ave. Portland, Oregon.
Reach Break Brewing – Astoria
An exciting new project coming to Astoria is the historic coastal town’s first sour and farmhouse brewery called Reach Break. The new brewery will be operating on a new 7bbl brewhouse producing saisons, IPAs, and time intensive barrel-aged sour beers using wild yeast and bacteria. There may even be some of those white hot hazy New England-style IPAs in the mix. I am also happy to report that there will be a taproom with outdoor covered beer garden, and food carts. Reach Break Brewing should be open by February 2017. 1343 Duane St. Astoria, Oregon.
Ross Island Brewing – Portland
Possibly the most delayed project on the books in Portland is Ex-Alameda brewer Carston Haney’s “Portland as fuck” Ross Island Brewing. Sandwiched somewhere between the Aladdin Theater and Lucky Devil strip club on SE Powell, this brewery and tasting room hopes to open before the end of January, minus house-brewed beer. Carston has a few collaboration beers coming out for the taproom that will showcase his love of the outdoors, like fishing and hunting. The beer will reflect U.S. brewing roots in the sessionable English and German styles to bigger and bolder American IPAs and stouts. 730 SE Powell Blvd. Portland, Oregon.
Ruse Brewing – Portland
Shaun Kalis has been producing Ruse Brewing beers out of his own tanks and bottles in Culmination Brewing for the better part of a year now, but is ready to branch off into his own facility and tasting room. Negotiations on spaces are ongoing, but we are crossing our fingers for a Ruse Brewing tasting room and live music venue opening by the 4th quarter of 2017. We all need more Multibeast mixed fermentation saison in our lives!
Side A Brewing – La Grande
La Grande Brewing is getting its first brewhouse in the form of Side A Brewing, which will occupy part of the historic Eastern Oregon Fire Museum. This three man project calls for a 7 barrel brewhouse and full restaurant, both of which are being built out now. Nicholas Fairbanks is the brewer, who spent time at Silver Moon, Short’s and others. Scott McConnell is an Eastern Oregon University professor of economics, and Travis Hansen is the food and drinks manager who previously worked as the chef at Widmer Gasthaus. Expect gastropub-style food and a brewing program that focuses on lighter styles like “a good Kolsch, Lager and Pale Ale,” says McConnell. “An IPA is, of course, necessary as well (we ARE in the NW), but we also understand that there are already many great IPAs out there and not many better than what you can get from our Eastern Oregon neighbors Barley Brown’s and Terminal Gravity. ”
Side A Brewing is now TTB certified and expecting to open in early Spring of 2017 at 1219 Washington Ave. La Grande, Oregon.
Smockville Brew House – Sherwood
Sherwood is scheduled to get its second brewery (after Two Kilts Brewing) this spring called Smockville Brewhouse. Shannon Johnson, owner and executive chef of Tree’s Restaurant and Catering, also in Sherwood, is opening this new brewpub named after the original historic name of the city, Smockville. This new space is currently being built out for a high-end eatery that is described as a place “where one can enjoy reasonably priced but very classy and updated bar foods, as well as local brews and wines.” No word yet on what kind of food or beer will be in the mix, or who will be brewing, but we are keeping our ears to the ground. Smockville Brewhouse is located at 22793 SW Pine Street Sherwood, Oregon.