We have sad news to report–Lompoc Brewing is closing its Lompoc Tavern location on NW 23rd in Portland. Lompoc Tavern replaced the original New Old Lompoc Brewing in March of 2012 where the local mini brewpub empire began 22 years ago. Last year Lompoc also closed the Hedge House pub, which later became the Little Beast Brewing Beer Garden. The final day of Lompoc Tavern is September 26th; the lease will be taken over by Tap & Table, which also replaced Coalition Brewing’s original taproom on SE Ankeny.
Lompoc Tavern’s 15 employees have all been informed of the impending closure. Many of the employees will interview for positions with Tap & Table; Lompoc is also working to find positions for staff at its remaining pubs, the 5th Quadrant, Oaks Bottom, and Sidebar.
“The time has come for us to move on,” explained owner Jerry Fechter. “We’re embracing this as an opportunity to invest more time and attention on the remaining pubs and brewery, and making them the best that they can be.”
The Old Lompoc Tavern opened in 1993, and began producing handcrafted ales and lagers in 1996 under the direction of Fechter. The business was purchased by Fechter and Don Younger in May 2000 and renamed the New Old Lompoc. In 2012, the building was sold and razed, making way for a multi-use building with retail on the first floor and apartment units above. The new building opened one year later with a new address of 1620 NW 23rd Ave. and Lompoc Brewing re-established its ties to the neighborhood.
However, in the year Lompoc was closed, its late-night crowd found other places to go, and never returned. Over the last couple of years, it lost many of its regulars as well when a number of jobs moved out of the neighborhood.
“Running three individual pubs in three separate parts of our growing city has been a wonderful challenge,” stated Fechter. “We’ve enjoyed serving Portland’s distinct neighborhoods, but we feel we can do more with less.”
September 24 to September 26 will offer a limited menu at Lompoc Tavern (1620 NW 23rd Ave) with many of its classic beers on tap. The public is encouraged to come by one last time to share memories and say goodbye.
the original New Old Lompoc Tavern that stood where Lompoc Tavern is now
About Lompoc Brewing
Established in 1996, Lompoc Brewing is a longtime Portland favorite that brews eight year-round beers and an ever-rotating lineup of seasonals. You can find Lompoc in bottles, cans and on draft at locations throughout Oregon and Washington, and at its three Portland neighborhood pubs: 5th Quadrant and Sidebar in North Portland, and Oaks Bottom in Southeast. Lompoc beers are proudly brewed in #LompocOregon, a state of mind. For more information, visit LompocBrewing.com and follow @LompocBrewing on social media.