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…