A possible eastside brewery

The Bulletin had an article yesterday about a possible, proposed brewery for the eastside. Unfortunately the article’s behind the paywall so while I can’t link you to it, I can give some highlights:

City of Bend officials have been in discussions with part-time Bend resident Roger Worthington about the idea of building a brewery and outdoor beer garden on the east edge of Bend.

Worthington, an attorney who also lives in California, had Neal Huston, of Neal Huston & Associates Architects Inc., draw up preliminary plans for a 26,000-square-foot facility on land Worthington owns just east of East 27th Street along U.S. Highway 20. The city received the renderings and other information on the project in March.

His legal work aside, Worthington is a co-owner of Indie Hops LLC, a hops supplier for the craft brewing industry with a pellet mill in Hubbard, south of Wilsonville.

Documents concerning the project show Worthington is interested in starting small but planning for growth. If the project were to start, it would at first produce and sell 500 to 750 barrels a year. According to the documents, Worthington anticipates brewing and selling 20,000 barrels a year six to seven years after opening — if it does open.

“It’ll be probably several months before (Worthington) knows whether this is something he’s actually going to move forward with,” Huston said.

I’m all for a brewery on the east side of town—it’s completely underserved and I think it would do well. Especially the beer garden (in the summer, at least, unless it’s a heated patio or something).

Of course, it’s all up in the air right now; it’s a proposal only, and the City is discussing it. And, I imagine if it does become a reality it’s probably an 18-month (or longer) development project, since it calls for building from the ground up… so what, two or three years out?