The Troutdale Historical Society and McMenamins History present this special McMenamins History event. Doors at Blackberry Hall inside McMenamins Edgefield will open at 5:00pm. The conversation will begin at 6:30pm and is free and open to all ages. This event will also qualify as a McMenamins Passport History Pub stamp.
Here’s more about the Ponzi’s and their involvement in our rich history of beverage from the McMenamins website…
Celebrated Oregon wine pioneers, Dick & Nancy Ponzi established their now world-renowned Ponzi Winery back in 1970, helping in the process to prove what’s now a given: the Willamette Valley is indeed a perfect place for making Pinot Noir and other wines. They made the move north from the Bay Area, inspired by some celery wine and the desire for a better, back-to-the-land lifestyle for their growing family.
Then in 1984, the Ponzis launched BridgePort Brewing, the state’s first craft brewery. In their eyes, it was a natural extension of winemaking, and from its inception, BridgePort was hailed for its innovation and quality beers.
Join us for a lively conversation with Dick and Nancy about such early-day adventures as when they (and their young children) were the primary labor force of the winery; and the historic debut of their brewery amidst abandoned buildings and active rail yards– today’s Pearl District in Northwest Portland. For both ventures, Dick was designing and building much of the needed machinery.
Throughout their near half-century in Oregon, the Ponzis point to the genuine feeling of community among winemakers and brewers here. This cooperative spirit fostered much success and a lot of fun over the years! Other regions and states haven’t been so lucky.
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.