A Yakima-based brewery just announced a merger with an Oregon brewery. Hop Capital Brewing merged with Ridgewalker Brewing.
Let’s rewind for a moment.
Hop Capital Brewing was formerly known as Yakima Craft Brewing. When it was founded in 2008, Yakima Craft Brewing was the only brewery in Yakima, something that is hard to imagine these days. One notable factoid about Yakima Craft Brewing is that when it opened, and for years thereafter, the beer was brewed using Bert Grant’s old brewhouse. Grant opened his Yakima brewpub in 1981, the first post-Prohibition brewpub in the nation. The point being, there’s some history here. But I digress.
In 2017, a couple from Portland, Jonathan Thomas and his wife Aimee Quast, purchased Yakima Craft Brewing Company and changed the name to Hop Capital Brewing. They set out to revitalize the brand, brewery, and tasting room.
Last January, Hop Capital Brewing opened a taproom in Portland at 6500 S. Virginia Ave. Now, the Portland-owned but Yakima-based company has announced a merger agreement with Ridgewalker Brewing of Forest Grove, Oregon.
“We look forward to combining our efforts to make the best craft beer for our communities that surround us,” said a statement from Hop Capital Brewing on social media.