The local empire of Lompoc Brewing will become a bit smaller as of November 28, 2017 when the longtime Portland brewer will close its Hedge House located at 3412 SE Division Street. This announcement arrives at a time as other breweries are facing some financial hardship.
Lompoc opened its Hedge House location in 2003 as its first satellite pub. At that time it was a destination on SE Division but as years passed more competition entered the neighborhood. It now boasts five locations but will soon see that reduced to four. With the lease on the building up this coming spring Lompoc Brewing owner Jerry Fechter decided to pull the plug on the business. Unfortunately this unfortunate news arrives at the beginning of the holiday season.
When we reached out to Lompoc about that fate of its staff at its Hedge House Pub we received this reply. “We are going to try find spots for a few folks, but can’t absorb everyone. At this point we have basically given everyone a 2 week notice. In an ideal world it would be better, but if that were the case we wouldn’t be closing,” stated Jerry Fechter.
Lompoc Brewing owner Jerry Fechter gave the following statement.
“We’d like to thank our staff, customers, friends, family, and vendors for your support over the last 14 years. We are so proud of our team, some of whom have worked here for nearly a dozen years, and it is truly heartbreaking to close.
Hedge House was Lompoc’s first satellite pub; Don Younger and I opened it in December 2003 with a goal of being the neighborhood watering hole that served local food and handcrafted beer. It became beloved for its patio, dog friendly atmosphere, and Steelers games.
Division Street was way less developed back then, and over the last 14 years, significantly more restaurants, pubs and beer bars have opened up. The competition is greater and frankly, business is slow; we’ve seen decreasing sales for the last two years. Our lease is up in the spring, and we decided to shut down now and focus on the brewery and the remaining pubs.
Please join me and our team now through Tuesday, Nov. 28 for a week of celebratory send off. We will tap our holiday beer lineup at Hedge House on Monday, Nov. 27.
Thank you for all the support offered to Hedge House and thank you for all of the continued support of the remaining Lompoc pubs: Fifth Quadrant, Sidebar, Oaks Bottom and Lompoc Tavern. We hope you’ll stop by, raise a last pint with us and send Hedge House off in style!
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 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 Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.