As many of you have read or have seen on the local new, last evening a significant portion of the original building that is home to Buoy Beer Co. collapsed. The brewery immediately issued a brief statement that no one had been injured in this building collapse and left it at that.
Now we just received an email with an official statement from David Kroening, President of Buoy Beer Co. that’s printed below…
Last night a portion of the original Buoy building suffered significant damage. The most important thing is that no one was injured or around the area that was affected.
This building houses our restaurant, small batch brewery, brite tanks, lager tanks, and canning line. The entire original Buoy building is closed to everyone until further notice. We have secured the area with fencing so that no one can enter. We will continue to work with the City of Astoria officials and other professionals to inspect things more thoroughly as we figure out the next steps. Until we’re able to consult with those people, we unfortunately do not have more details to share, which will likely take some time to figure out.
We are working on plans to keep our entire team working and figure out ways to get back to brewing, as our brewhouse and fermentation facility has not been affected. Our sister companies, Pilot House Distilling and River Barrel Distribution are also unaffected and will continue to operate as normal.
We are humbled by the overwhelming support from our local community as well as our industry friends. We feel lucky to live and work in this place and in an industry like ours. Thank you for all your kindness while we navigate this situation.
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.