YAMB (Yet Another Microbrewery in Bend) – Brewtal Brewing

Just when even I think Bend is at the brewery saturation point, I’m surprised: the Bulletin breaks news today on the eighth microbrewery soon-to-be-opening: Brewtal Brewing Company.

The Brewtal Brewing Co., formed by Bend resident Tony Lawrence, will be the region’s eighth brewing company. Lawrence began moving into a small warehouse near downtown Bend on Tuesday and will begin building the brewery he hopes will fill its first keg this spring.

“I’ll be brewing ales, like most craft breweries do, IPAs, pale ales,” Lawrence said. “Some guys are over the top heavy-handed with hops, but that’s not my school. I’m a more traditional, balanced brewer.”

He initially plans on brewing about 10 to 15 barrels per month. For reference, 1 barrel at 31 gallons per barrel is about 13 cases of beer. Lawrence is also an alum of Deschutes Brewery, so he’s got the experience.

Lawrence said his small-batch brewery — to be built himself with brewing equipment he’s collected over the years as a builder and consultant — will initially focus on selling its beer to restaurants. Bottling lines are expensive, he said, so there are no immediate plans to sell bottled beer in retail locations.

There will be a tasting room at the brewery, located at 37 N.W. Lake Place, but Lawrence said his permit will not allow him to sell beer on-site. Lawrence said he may eventually build a brewpub if he feels there’s demand.

Incidentally, remember awhile back I blogged that Wildfire Brewing had to change its name? This article reveals the new name (I always wondered): 10 Barrel Brewing. It’s a little disappointing, actually; of all the good names to pick out there, "10 Barrel"? Er, okay…

3 thoughts on “YAMB (Yet Another Microbrewery in Bend) – Brewtal Brewing

  1. Sorry to disappoint you guy’s on the name of the brewery. Why 10 Barrel? We brew into a 10 barrel system which allows us the freedom to be creative with our brews and always perfect our receipes. It also gives us the freedom with our marketing and beer names. We are not interested in naming our brewery or beers like our big brother breweries over here. By the way, we have a new brewer master coming in at the end of the month, Thom Tash former lead brewer for Kona Brewing Company. Our brand is also being picked up by a Portland distributor and will be pouring in Portland by May 1. If you have any questions regarding our brewery, please visit our website at http://www.10barrel.com. Thanks for the support. Cheers, Chris

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