Backwoods Brewing just announced that it is opening a new location across the river in Oregon. The brewery, which is based in Carson, Washington, already operates a satellite location in Portland. The brewery will now open a satellite pub in downtown Hillsboro.
The pub will serve as the anchor tenant in the Main Street Commons development – a revitalization of a large building that once served as a bank. The plan should see Backwoods open the new pub early this fall.
It’s no small affair, as Steve Waters, Backwoods Brewing’s owner and CEO, explains. “We couldn’t be more excited about the space. At 7,800 square feet, we’ll have plenty of room to make our neighbors in Hillsboro comfortable in our new pub.”
The new pub will include a 3,000-square-foot rooftop bar with wood-paneled walls and covered space that, according to the press release, “cuts a striking figure in the downtown skyline.”
Jason Ogden, Regional GM of Backwoods’ Portland and Hillsboro satellite locations, adds, “With elevator access and taps in the rooftop area, it will definitely be the popular spot to have a beer and people watch from up above.”
Backwoods Brewing makes this announcement as it nears the opening of its new cabins — part of its expansion onto a new property in Carson. (See our previous story about the Beer Playground.) Also, the brewery will co-host a soon-to-be-announced beer festival with another brewery in Portland on July 29th.
“I’ll admit it, there’s a lot going on at Backwoods right now, and we’re all working a decent amount of overtime to bring it all together,” says Tom Waters, owner and COO at Backwoods Brewing. “But the feeling of doing so many fun things all at once is pretty hard to beat, and there’s an air of excitement among our whole crew.”
Regarding rumors that Backwoods Brewing will open a location in Ridgefield, WA, Steve Waters says, “A spot in Ridgefield has been something we’ve attempted and come close to a couple of times now, but we haven’t gotten a deal to stick yet, unfortunately. Obviously, this new spot in Hillsboro and opening the cabins is going to distract us for a little bit, but we still have our sights up north after this settles down, so please be patient with us, Clark County fans!”
Construction on the Hillsboro location is underway. Other tenants in the building include Sizzle Pie and Grand Central Bakery, which will open soon. Backwoods Brewing expects its part of the project to open this September or October.
“Our beer has always had a presence on the west side and we’ve done lots of events, but we’ve gotten the chance to meet even more of the business owners and residents of Hillsboro since we started researching this new pub and everyone has been great,” says Jason. “We can’t wait to invite them in for a pint.”