A little over a week ago the Bend Bulletin newspaper ran the story of another possible Bend brewery (unfortunately behind their paywall) in the making. No name as yet, but Dan Leach, a resident of nearby Deschutes River Woods, met with city planners to discuss the possibilities. From the article:
In documents on file with the city, Dan Leach wrote that he would like to open a brewpub in a 3,400-square foot suite of the Old Mill Marketplace building between Arizona Avenue and Industrial Way.
The business would have seating for 95 and would offer a limited food menu and beers on tap, including some made in-house. It proposes making 300 barrels of beer a year, about three times as much as what he home-based Bend brewery Below Grade Brewing produces.
It would stand out among the other breweries in Central Oregon by making beer exclusively for consumption on site, said Leach, 45, an accountant who wants to start the business next spring with one or more partners.
“It’s not a production brewery,” Leach said. “That’s not the plan at all. And so that’s the differentiation—a new beer experience.”
I’m not sure what this whole bit about “differentiation” and “new experience” is about as the proposed location is a mere quarter mile from the newly opened Crux Fermentation Project which is doing exactly the same thing right now—making beer exclusively for consumption on site. (As are many of the other breweries in Central Oregon, and, really, everywhere else.)
By my count this new brewery would be the 15th potential brewery in Bend, counted with the various other possibilities in the works, and the 21st for Central Oregon overall.
I’ll continue to follow this story and report as I find out more.