10 Barrel opening a brewpub in Portland

10 Barrel Pumpkin LambicEarlier today, 10 Barrel Brewing posted on Facebook:

BIG NEWS!! We’re stoked to let you know we’re opening a brewpub in Portland late this Summer… it’s go time!

This in response to the news that Brewpublic broke two days ago that Portland’s Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant in the Pearl District was closing by the end of the week, and the rumored new tenant was to be 10 Barrel, interested in opening a brewpub.

Clearly more than a rumor now! Here’s from the press release (thanks to Brewpublic’s post from this afternoon):

At this stage, they are hoping to have their NW 14th Ave & Flanders St location open in mid-Summer 2014. With a pub and brew house on-site the focus will remain the same as it always has been for 10 Barrel… brew beer, drink beer and have fun doing it.

10 Barrel partner Garrett Wales says “A new brewpub means more opportunities to put out small batch and one-off beers. The challenge of opening in Portland, one of the most innovative and educated brewing communities in the country isn’t lost on us… we know expectations are high and we’re excited to get after it.”

Beyond the news of the mid- to late-summer opening (that’s a quick turnaround), one of my first thoughts is, who’s going to be brewing there?

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