Having failed to report the closure of Widmer Brothers Brewing Company's taproom, we wanted to inform both local Portlanders and visitors alike, regarding the closure of Bridgeport Brewing Company.
Announced this past Tuesday, February 12th, while numerous people braved the West coast snows, Bridgeport Brewing announced they will be ceasing operations on March 10th, 2019. For their part, the brewery was transparent regarding their justification towards closure.
Starting in 2017 with a brand redesign and new release calendar, the brewers of Bridgeport Brewing sought to reverse years of declines. Unfortunately, the move towards more frequent, local releases, didn't meet projected forecasts as the brewery descended further into debt. Unlike Widmer Brothers Brewing, who executed closure of their taproom and bistro, Bridgeport Brewing has elected to cease operations and issue each of their employees a severance, as part of an agreement announced to the staff weeks ago.
Bridgeport Brewing, like the many breweries that coined the phrase "microbrew" will stand as a reminder the consequences of consumers having an ever-expanded list of breweries and options to choose from.
Those wishing to enjoy one more pint at Bridgeport Brewing Company, you can visit them at 1313 NW Marshall St in the Portland (Oregon) neighborhood lovingly called the Pearl District.
Update. Made a correction to the closure date in the headline, with apologies to the brewery.