With its original brewery and pub location staying in Hillsdale, Sasquatch Brewing will now be able to drastically increase its output in its lineup of beers and its New West Cider lineup at its upcoming production facility. Currently owner Tom Sims and Head Brewer Mike Paladino have been brewing on its original 7-barrel brewhouse in Hillsdale. If you’ve ever seen Sasquatch’s brewery you know that there’s very little space to move around, much less place any additional tanks.
“The new space is a historic bowstring truss building in Portland’s Northwest Industrial area – about a block south of Portland Brewing. We will be putting in a 15 bbl system from Practical Fusion along with a 90 bbl fermenter devoted to cider production. At over 4000-square-feet, the new location will allow us to focus on projects that we haven’t had the room for: packaging, barrel aging and lagering amongst them,” states manager Alex Beard in an email. “The current brewery in our Hillsdale brewpub will stay where it is, and we’ll be using it for small batch projects and more experimental stuff.”
From visiting the new location this space is impressive with its tall bow-trussed ceiling in a building that dates back to 1919. On the remodel Sasquatch Brewing is working with SUM Design Studio + architecture. The new taproom will have space to seat approximately 44 with a look that will continue with the industrial area that the brewery will be located in. As with many breweries, Sasquatch will have a nice large roll up door that is already installed that will offer nice airflow for its taproom patrons. Once open later this summer or early fall, look for about 20 taps pouring a wide range of in house beer and ciders.
The new brewery will be a three-vessel 15-barrel system along with four 15-barrel fermenters and four 15-barrel brite tanks all produced by Practical Fusion. When it comes to the cider portion of the product facility there will be space for two dedicated 90-barrel cider fermenters. This space will be lead by Paladino where the originally brewery will be led by Sims.
On Saturday, May 21, Sasquatch Brewing will be hosting an open house as part of NW Industrial Street Market: Wine, Beer, Cider & Bites with Boedecker Cellars and Leah Jørgensen Cellars. The Street Market will be held in front of Boedecker Cellars and the new Sasquatch Brewing location at NW 30th Avenue and NW Industrial from Noon to 5:00pm.
Since the month of May is Oregon Wine Month both Boedecker Cellars and Leah Jørgensen Cellars decided to host a block party and invite its new neighbors Sasquatch Brewery in for the fun afternoon. NW Industrial Street Market will feature an afternoon of fine wine, beer, cider and bites featuring Boedecker Cellars, Leah Jørgensen Cellars, and Sasquatch Brewing. Live music will be provided from Eric John Kaiser as he’ll be performing his Parisian-Americana music at Staver Warehouse, the event space for Leah Jørgensen Cellars.
Boedecker Cellars produces premium Pinot Noir and other varietals from the Willamette Valley, while Leah Jørgensen Cellars specializes in “Loiregon” Cabernet Franc and other varietals inspired by France’s Loire Valley but grown in Southern Oregon. Sasquatch will be serving up an old fashioned BBQ with sausage, ribs, and various veggie options along with pouring a few selections of its beers.
Advance tickets are now on sale for $20.00 each at Eventbrite. At the door tickets will be $25.00 and entry is $10.00 for non-drinkers.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.