Boardman, OR – Working fast to fill growing demand for their core beers, Ordnance Brewing has signed a distribution agreement with General Distributors and begun converting their sibling company taproom, Neighbor Dudes in Wilsonville, to Ordnance Brewing Taproom.
After months of exploring distribution suitors in Oregon, the Ordnance team signed with General Distributors Inc. “We set out to align with a distributor who could understand our vision, goals and long term objectives. We honestly knew that GDI was the team for us after many lengthy discussions, tastings, emails and a great deal of laughter. Everything felt right; it was like we’d been working together a long time. After that it was just a matter of doing our due diligence which always pointed us back to General. We are excited to join the GDI team and the outstanding family of breweries they represent,” noted Dewey Weddington, Ordnance Brewing Director of Marketing and Sales.
The Ordnance team are not the only ones happy with the decision. “We are excited to begin our partnership officially with Ordnance. Aligning with a brewery that shares our values on quality brands, smart growth, and great people, we knew that Ordnance would be a great fit in the GDI family.”
With growing awareness and demand for Ordnance beers the team decided it is time for the brewery to have a home in the Willamette Valley. Converting the sibling company, Neighbor Dudes, Wilsonville, Oregon taproom into Ordnance Brewing Taproom was the logical move. “This brings us full circle, back to our roots and to where our cousins continue to grow a variety of crops including hops,” added Managing Partner, Craig Coleman. The Wilsonville location is central to the Valley and just a few miles away from where the Coleman family homesteaded back in the 1850s.
Courtney Krake, the new taproom manager, takes the helm at a time of much change and growing energy for the brand. She plans to focus on Ordnance beer but also add light food and to keep a set of taps flowing with small and high quality independent producers. “This will be a place for craft beer lovers to escape the growing influence of corporate beer,” noted Manager Courtney Krake. “You’re not going to find big brands, or seemingly small brands owned by the big guys, on tap here. You will find knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic staff who are focused on our guests experience exploring craft beer. We will also offer a little liquid diversity with local wine, cider and mead.”
The taproom remains open to the public. The rebranding of the site should be completed by the end of May, with plans of a relaunch on the evening of June 18.
Ordnance Brewing is an outlier, brewery born of necessity in the arid Columbia Plateau where farming and a day of hard work is the norm. Located in Boardman, Oregon, Ordnance Brewing is expanding to a 50 barrel system with production capability of up to 150,00 barrels annually. Currently, the brewery offers a set of five core beers including Kolsch, FMJ IPA (English Style), EOD IPA (Westcoast style), RX a Rye Extra Pale, a blueberry wheat called Bloops, and a series of limited edition beers. Seeking distribution both domestically and internationally, Ordnance Brewing is poised for steady growth and quality control.