Bend, Oregon’s Crux Fermentation Project recently announced that it is opening a second location. The brewery says it will open its first satellite taproom early this summer. The location in SE Portland is familiar to local beer lovers; it’s the former home of Vagabond Brewing, which struggled to survive the pandemic and then abandoned the space last summer when it faced other post-pandemic challenges.
“We’re really excited about joining the Portland craft beer scene,” said Jason Randles, Marketing Director at Crux Fermentation Project. “This is something we’ve been pursuing for several years and now the real work begins. It will be fun to have this satellite location open soon and we hope to see more of our Washington friends since it will be a little closer for them to visit.”
Initially, Crux will open as a taproom only, serving beer and food, but will eventually add to the equipment Vagabond Brewing left behind to build a full brewery at the Portland location. Beyond that, the new location is essentially a turnkey operation, save for a few tweaks here and there.
One thing that will change, Crux will dismantle and remove the airplane. Those familiar with Vagabond Brewing know that there was a 1958 Cessna 310B perched above the taproom. While acknowledging that the plane provided a unique, cool design feature, Crux recognizes that it is part of Vagabond’s story and not its own story.
For Portland beer enthusiasts, and for beer tourists visiting the city, one of the big advantages is the taproom-only beers that Crux will bring to the new location. At the taproom in Bend, the menu often features beer available nowhere else. Some of those beers will make it to Portland.