Small southwest Portland brewpub turned cidery, Sasquatch Brewing Company and their spinoff New West Cider is opening their long awaited northwest industrial district production facility and tasting room today, April 21st, 2017. I stopped in for an early preview of the space last week which will take the brewery from a 7 barrel pub system to a new 15 barrel brewhouse from Practical Fusion.
The bright new high-ceilinged space is just the next block over from Portland Brewing Co. amidst a quiet industrial and office space neighborhood much in need of food and drink. Sasquatch Brewing NW is located just next door to Boedecker Cellars as well, so you can get your wine fix next door and your beer and cider at Sasquatch/New West.
The taproom clean and simple with a light, vibrant color scheme identified in the huge mural by local concert poster artist Chris Bigalke. A few of his concert posters like a recent one from Wilco are hung around the fifty seat and 4,200 sq. ft. space. A small bar has a handful of seats and twenty-two taps, far more than the brewery and cidery currently have to fill but they are scaling up and will also have some room for guest ciders. When the weather gets nicer, they plan to add additional outdoor seating.
Tom Sims, the founder and original homebrewer/entrepreneur behind Sasquatch Brewing’s successful pub in southwest Portland now has a brew team so he can manage the burgeoning business and cider brand. Mike Paladino is the newish head of Sasquatch brewery operations and New West cider production, he is a RAM brewery veteran with a decade of experience. He headed up all of the Ram’s Oregon brewery operations and has fifteen NABA and GABF medals to their credit during his tenure. The expanded brewery in northwest will allow Paladino and Sasquatch to add barrel-aging and sour programs while doing more seasonal beers and ciders, the original 7 barrel brewery will continue to put out limited batches of beer.
Paladino is now scaling up to filling four 15bbl conical fermenters and four 15bbl brite tanks for beers. Meanwhile in the same facility they have added two 90 barrel cider fermentation tanks and one 30 barrel brite. It’s probably safe to say that the hard cider brand New West, might be the largest area of growth with 500ml bottles of their cider brand coming this summer.
As of opening Sasquatch NW/New West does not serve food but their next step is building out a small kitchen and deli to offer simple but freshly made soups, salads and sandwiches to a neighborhood craving another lunch option. In the meantime the taproom will be open 2:30pm to 9pm but will expand their hours once they have food to be open 11am to 9pm.
The Grand Opening celebration is today, Friday April 21 from 3 to 10 pm at 2531 NW 30th Avenue in Portland. The festivities are free and open to the public and will include complimentary BBQ and live music from Portland bluegrass band Out West.