Thursday, July 8, 2010

Where it all Began

I missed this one.  In 1985 when the law was changed to allow people who made beer to sell it directly to the consumer two dudes named McMenamin opened the first Oregon brewpub, the Hillsdale Public House. Here is John Foyston:

Beervana was born in Captain Neon's Fermentation Chamber in Oregon's first brewpub, McMenamins Hillsdale Pub, where they started brewing after a 1985 law made brewpubs legal. This photo was taken in October of 1985 and shows Mike (from left) and Brian McMenamin with their first brewer, Ron Wolf, in the brewery.

I entered nearby Lewis & Clark College in the fall of 1986 and by 1989 was able to take my custom to the nearby pub and from whence my romance with craft beer began. Ahh Terminator...

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