Portland, OR – For the past few months, we have off and on given our thoughts on the organic, earth friendly brewery on Powell (2944 Southeast Powell Boulevard). From their year-round release India Pale Ale, to their limited edition seasonals, the brewery has been on a tear to prove that organic breweries can make as big an impression as the non-organic.
It’s a fact that despite being directly south of us, many beers from Portland (and the rest of Oregon) never see the light of day, unless someone makes the trip down. Course, you only have to swing into the brewery or a registered nearby bottleshop if you end up in Portland, but who in Washington wants to drive that far. Recently it was announced after weeks of rumors and unanswered questions that Hopworks is indeed in Washington and British Columbia. Here is what they had to say regarding this recent expansion into Washington and Canada.
“We wanted to share our beer with these markets to demonstrate great tasting beer can be made in an environmentally responsible manner,” said Christian Ettinger, brewmaster/owner of Hopworks. “Our goal is to grow regionally while raising the high standards of our beer even further. One of the ways we do this by adding new tanks to maintain our cycle times while increasing capacity.”
Last year, Hopworks expanded its brewing capacity with the addition of two 40-barrel fermenters increasing the brewery’s potential annual output to 10,000 barrels.
Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) is Portland’s first Eco-Brewpub to offer all organic handcrafted beers, fresh local ingredients and a sustainable building with a relaxed and casual atmosphere. HUB incorporates all aspects of sustainability from composting and rain barrels to pervious pavers and hand dryers. We have made every effort to protect “our” future with a thoughtful alternative. Hopworks has four distinct areas including a family friendly restaurant with play area, a vibrant bicycle bar, banquet mezzanine and outdoor beer-garden. Our 20-barrel brewery produced 4,500 barrels in 2009 and provides our restaurant with ten different HUB organic beers on tap and two cask ales at all times. –source, Hopworks Urban Brewery
Look for their regular line up of beer to show up first, with occasional seasonals making their way, once the locals have gotten stocked up with Secession, Rise Up Red, or Ace of Spades, (among others). As always if you can’t find it on draft or in the bottleshops, ask your grocer or server to buy some.
HUB is Portland’s first Eco-Brewpub to offer all organic handcrafted beers, fresh local ingredients, and a sustainable building with a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Brewmaster Christian Ettinger has spent the past year and half constructing his “dream brewpub.“ HUB incorporates all aspects of sustainability. From composting to rain barrels, and from pervious pavers to hand dryers, we have made every effort to protect “our“ future with a thoughtful alternative. Hopworks has four distinct areas including a family friendly restaurant with play area, a vibrant bicycle bar, banquet mezzanine, and outdoor beer-garden. Our 20 barrel brewery produces 4500 barrels a year and provides our restaurant with ten different HUB organic beers on tap and two cask ales at all times. We have parking for seventy cars, eight motorcycles and up to fifty bikes. Our world-class beer, New York style pizza, and wonderful staff are some of the best you will find anywhere. –source, Hopworks Urban Brewery
About the photos’ author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.