I don’t have anything to say that isn’t in this press release, so here you go:
Portland, Oregon, January 18, 2017 – Great Notion Brewing (GNB), best known for hazy, juicy IPAs and “culinary-inspired” sours and stouts, has signed a lease with OSB2LAN Management to open a new production brewery, restaurant, and taproom in NW Portland. The new 20,000 sq. ft. facility located at 2448 NW 28th Ave., will be home to a new 30 bbl brewhouse built by Pinnacle Stainless. The facility is slated to open late 2017 with the primary goal of increasing production and meeting demand in the Portland beer market.
In the first quarter of 2017, GNB begins layout design with ZGF Architects, securing necessary permits, and basic construction with Centrex Construction. In the second quarter of 2017, Great Notion hopes to begin construction of their new taproom and kitchen. During this time, co-brewers James Dugan and Andy Miller will lead installation of the new 30 bbl brewhouse from Pinnacle Stainless. In Q3 of 2017, GNB hopes to complete the final touches, including TTB approval, brewing the first batch, and the grand opening of the new facility.
Great Notion will also be purchasing and operating a five head Cask canning line. Cofounder Paul Reiter says “We’ve been overwhelmed by the demand for our Crowlers at Great Notion, so with the addition of a canning line, we’re excited for the opportunity to sell more beer directly to customers in a high-quality packaged product.” Co-brewer James Dugan adds “This expansion will also provide us the opportunity to significantly build upon our existing barrel program. We plan to greatly expand our sour beer production and create a clean room for bourbon barrel aged beers like Double Stack.”
Umpqua Bank is slated to finance a new SBA loan for tenant improvements and purchase of the 30 barrel brewhouse from Pinnacle. Aaron Watt of Cushman and Wakefield represented GNB and Nathan Sasaki and Murin Watt of Apex Real Estate Partners represented the owner. Great Notion expects to create about 15-20 new jobs in the Portland area once the facility is fully up and running late 2017.
Is this overextending, or do I just have no idea how much traffic a microbrewery like this can generate?