Pandemic or not, Gorges Beer Co. broke ground on their highly anticipated and ambitious new project in the Columbia River Gorge on Wednesday. The startup operation was announced last fall and began production earlier this year in the former Coalition Brewing space in southeast Portland but with their sights set on Cascade Locks.
Gorges Beer was founded by Tap & Table owner Travis Preece, former Lompoc head brewer Bryan Keilty, former Goodlife Brewing sales manager Steve Denio and general contractor Willis Boyer. From their PDX location the Gorges Trailhead they have been producing a wide range of new and old school beers from IPA’s, Golden Ale and Porter to barrel-aged mixed culture wild ales. The Gorges Trailhead had just opened on March 6th before the Oregon governor shutdown taprooms, since then they have been doing to-go crowler fills and beer delivery.
But the Cascade Locks facility is the true heart of the company, a nearly 2-acre space located right on the main drive and with a view of the mountains and the Bridge of the Gods. The two building, multi-level project will have a barrel and blending room, a restaurant and bar, a grassy dog park and patio that includes a pavilion for music events and weddings, and some kind of guest lodging accommodations. The on-site parking and main building aims to be open in June of 2021 and the concert/events area coming online by summer 2022.