Migration Brewing Ends Self-distribution to Partner with Columbia

Long-known for its strong work ethic and commitment to growing its brand through self-distribution, Northeast Portland’s Migration Brewing is partnering with Columbia Distributing as of May 2017.  After seven years of self-distributing, the brewery now has an opportunity to expand its brand with the state’s largest beer distributor.

“We started with a real boot-strapping mentality,” says Eric Banzer-Lauseberg, Distribution Sales Manager. “Portland was still in the middle of the great recession of 2010 and we had some extra beer to sell.  So I loaded up our ’84 Toyota pick-up with kegs of Clem’s Cream ale and started making sales calls. Next thing I knew we had a constant stream of neighborhood accounts to work with. We’re so grateful to our strong Portland community who have all supported us since day one.”

The next step in the journey of Migration Brewing will be opening a 20 BBL production facility in the Portland metropolitan area.  The goal is to have this location operating and producing beer by early 2018, allowing Migration increase production and further serve its loyal fans and community.  More details in the coming months.


At Migration Brewing, you’ll find handcrafted beers created from high quality grains and local hops. As an award-winning brewery, the team takes great pride in producing world-class beers that embrace innovation while respecting classic styles.  Committed to the Portland community, whether cheering on the latest game on the big screen with fellow fans or enjoying sunny days on the patio, Migration is the place to share good times with friends. Migration can be found at 2828 NE Glisan Street Portland, OR 97232. For more information please visit the Migration brewpub or call 503-206-5221. Connect with Migration on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Samurai Artist
Samurai Artist

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com