Magnolia Brewing Arrives In Portland

Magnolia Brewing Founder Dave McLean at Cheese Bar.
Magnolia Brewing Founder Dave McLean at Cheese Bar.

One of the original craft brewers from San Francisco is finally venturing here to Portland. With its larger production facility Magnolia Brewing is expanding its distribution north of California with the assistance of Running Man Distributing.

With its origins dating back to 1997 in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, Magnolia Brewing has a long, solid track record of brewing some of the most well received classic styles of beer. Led by founder Dave McLean, he has impressed beer fans from across the globe with its awarding winning beer. McLean set out to create a pub with a focus on English-Style Ales, cask-conditioned beer and a great food experience.

After brewing for 17 years on its 7-barrel brewhouse, Magnolia Brewing expanded its operations to a new 30-barrel production brewery and barbeque restaurant in 2014 a few miles away in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood. Here is a video that showcases the build out of this expansion.

Now with Portland distribution secured through Running Man Distributing, Magnolia has sent its first beers here to Portland. This initial lineup includes Kalifornia Kolsch, Blue Bell Bitter, Proving Ground IPA, and Smokestack Lightning Imperial Stout. There are also limited allotments of three cask-conditioned ales that will be pouring on cask engines in town. The first confirmed cask to be poured will take place on Friday, February 26 at Belmont Station when they pour Proving Ground IPA from the cask engine.

Tonight the Magnolia Brewing crew will be at ABV Public House in Hillsboro and on Thursday, February 25 at Roscoe’s in Southeast Portland pouring its initial offering of four beers. Both events will begin at 5:00pm.

ABV Public House
23588 NW Clara Lane
Hillsboro, OR 97124

Roscoe’s
8105 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97215

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