Pioneering Oregon craft brewery to invest $10 million to expand annual brewing capacity by 200,000 barrels.
PORTLAND, Ore. – April 14, 2015 – Widmer Brothers Brewing today announced a $10 million investment to expand its brewery on North Russell Street in Portland. The expansion will increase annual production capacity of Oregon’s largest brewery by 200,000 barrels (BBL) to 750,000 BBL. The entire expansion project, which includes significant brew house enhancements and a new innovation brewery, is expected to be completed by early 2017.This is the sixth major brewery expansion for Widmer Brothers Brewing in Portland, the brewery’s hometown, since it was founded in 1984. The original 10-barrel Widmer Brothers brewery, located in the Pearl District in northwest Portland, had a 12,000 BBL annual production capacity. The Widmer Brothers brewery moved to its current location in North Portland in 1990, and has since invested in four additional major expansion efforts to grow the brewery to its current 550,000 BBL capacity.