Wild Ride Brewing, coming to Redmond this spring

The city of Redmond, Oregon, is getting another new brewery slated for this spring: Wild Ride Brewing. This is one that has been a bit under the radar; I’d only heard about them fairly recently, and it looks like their development is coming right along.

Wild Ride Brewing concept art

Wild Ride Brewing building

The building is an 8700-square-foot former lumber warehouse (where Parr Lumber used to be) located at 332 SW 5th Street on the (old) main drag heading north through downtown Redmond; they will be a production brewery with a tasting room, with tentative plans to brew about 1500 barrels the first year.

The Bend Bulletin had an article last month about the new brewery, and today The Source Weekly has a paragraph on Wild Ride in their roundup of new breweries. From the Bulletin:

The group expects to spend more than $300,000 in building improvements and at least another $200,000 in brewery equipment, said partners Brian Mitchell and Paul Bergeman.

Applications have been filed with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. The group hopes the brewery will be operating by spring and is aiming to produce about 1,500 barrels in the first year, with both bottle and can production in the future.

The model for Wild Ride is not a brewpub but a tasting room and production facility, said Bergeman, who is also Wild Ride’s brewer. Bergeman previously worked for Portland-based Laurelwood Brewing Co. and Kona Brewing Co. in Hawaii, he said.

And according to the Source, “This is no nanobrewery: Wild Ride (opening spring 2014) will use a 20-barrel brewing system and operate a 1,000-square-foot tasting room and patio.”

There’s been no indication yet that I’ve seen of what type of beers to expect from Wild Ride, though brewmaster Paul Bergeman while at Laurelwood instituted a single hop series of beers to experiment with different hop varieties. Whether that indicates a hop-forward slant to the beers I’ll leave up to the reader.

The opening of Wild Ride will be the second new brewery to hit Redmond in 2014: Juniper Brewing, who I first mentioned here, is planning for a late January/early February opening (the Source’s article has information about them as well). I’ll have more about Juniper in a subsequent blog post.