Hopworks Urban Brewery Preview
Christian Ettinger was kind enough to give me a tour of his new place, Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB). If you're thinking that this will just be another place to add to Portland's already extensive list of breweries, you're quite a bit off the mark. But I don't blame you. I thought that as well before getting a glimpse of the future HUB empire.
Let's start with the owner. Christian Ettinger's been involved in the Portland beer scene for quite some time. Many of you will recognize his name from the award winning beer coming out of Laurelwood Brewery. As Laurelwood's Brewmaster, he often came back home from beer competitions with a fistful of medals. His beers have epitomized the bold Northwest style that people equate with Portland. After a few years at Laurelwood, Christian decided to venture out on his own and start his own business.
Since it's inception, the HUB has been an example of a green business, based on sustainability. Rather than demolishing the old Sunset Fuel building to create the new space, the building was carefully deconstructed board by board and nail by nail so that as much of the old building could be used in the new structure. From interior lumber, to cubicle shrapnel, most of the old building found it's way into the building.
Whew! And that's not everything. Check out the HUB's website for details and more information. The grand opening is soon and I can't wait to support this business by way of enjoying great food and drinking a lot of superb beer!
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