Level Beer, the first brewery in Portland’s Argay Neighborhood opens to the public today…sort of. Though this opening is not a full unveiling of the taproom it’s being billed as a “Pop-Up” where Level Beer will be serving six of the brewery’s collaboration beers, filling Crowlers along with a food truck.
Geoff Phillips of Bailey’s Taproom, Jason Barbee formerly of Ex Novo Brewing, and Shane Watterson formerly of Laurelwood Brewing founded Level Beer in the fall of 2016 with the original plans to open by June 2017. Well the opening is very near, waiting on an inspection and a few other items before firing up the brewhouse.
Speaking of brewhouses Level Beer will have two at its disposal. Watterson and Barbee will handle the brewing on a 20-barrel and a 2-1/2-barrel pilot system both built by the Criveller Group. This dual system will allow for its beers to be packaged and sold through its distributor, Running Man, and allow for small test batches served at its soon to open taproom.
The message on Level Beer’s Facebook page is as follows.
Much to our chagrin, and despite our best efforts, we didn’t manage a June opening as originally promised. We’re certainly disappointed and are still aiming for an official soft opening within the next couple of weeks. But for now, we’re tired of waiting. We can’t legally have people in the building yet, but our liquor license is valid, so until that time we’ll do a pop-up bar outside. Tomorrow, July 1st, starting at noon, we’ll pour six of our collaboration beers just outside the front door, replete with picnic tables and an awning. Crowler fills will be available, too, along with apparel and food from a local food cart. Come on by!
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.