Today Migration Brewing announced that it would expand and open a new large production brewery in Gresham, Oregon. Currently Gresham is home to three breweries; McMenamins Highland Pub & Brewery, Hoppy Brewer, and Barley Sprout Restaurant & Brewery, and will join a market that some will say is under served.
The location that Migration Brewing has signed a long-term lease at is located in an industrial park just south of Interstate 84 and east of 181st Avenue, more specifically at 18188 NE Wilkes Road. Its new location will allow for a 20,000 square foot facility that will include a 20-bbl brewing system from Practical Fusion Fabricators alongside a 3,000 square foot brewpub. Migration Brewing states to have this new location operational in the summer of 2018.
Earlier this year the seven year old brewer announced its intentions to expand as it signed a distribution agreement with Columbia. This was also prior to the recent news of local brewery closures and ones that are financially unstable. Expansion to this much larger facility could be a challenge in today’s changing craft beer market place.
“We are excited to become a vibrant part of the Gresham community while greatly expanding our product’s reach through packaging and draft sales,“ says Mike Branes, Migration’s Head Brewer, and Co-Owner in a statement. “We look forward to working with our distribution partner Columbia to provide consumers throughout Oregon, and Washington with more of Migration’s award wining beers!”
The goal at its upcoming production facility is to expand its beer program to include lagers, extensive barrel aging, and a steady stream of the company’s most popular distribution beers Straight Outta Portland IPA, and Patio Pale Ale. Migration also looks forward to operating a second community oriented brewpub that will be geared towards families; featuring hand made pizzas, and other classic pub favorites.
The current brewpub in Portland located at 2828 NE Glisan Street is also in a long-term lease, and will remain open.
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.