Hopworks Urban Brewery coming to east Vancouver

Portland-based brewpub to open this fall at Columbia Tech Center

By Brooks Johnson, Columbian Business Reporter

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Hopworks Urban Brewery is going suburban. On Wednesday the Portland-based brewpub announced it would be opening a 6,000-square-foot brewery and restaurant in east Vancouver this fall.

“We have set out to deepen our roots in the Pacific Northwest, and Vancouver has everything we’re looking for,” Hopworks brewmaster and founder Christian Ettinger said in a statement. “We can’t wait to start brewing.”

Vancouver will be the third location and second brewery for Hopworks, often abbreviated as HUB. The company will bring a seven-barrel brewery and a 300-seat restaurant with an outdoor beer garden at 17707 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd.

“We’ve been interested in opening up a new brewpub for a couple of years,” marketing manager Eric Steen said by phone Wednesday. “Vancouver is very exciting for us. We really see a growing craft beer scene there, and digging into the history we see a good beer history.”

Hopworks started brewing in 2007 and opened its brewpub on Powell Boulevard in southeast Portland in 2008. A second location, dubbed the BikeBar, opened in northeast Portland in 2011.

The company is known for its line of organic beers, which are distributed in cans, bottles and on tap regionally.

“The brewpub will serve exclusive beers containing organic barley malted in Vancouver, and a combination of local, organic and Salmon-safe hops from Washington and Oregon,” according to a company release.

Like the other locations, Vancouver’s restaurant and brewery will be family friendly.

“We love opening up brewpubs; we love bringing in families,” Steen said.

In renderings, the building appears set to match the modern and Northwest-influenced style of neighbors, such as Parkside Lofts and other Columbia Tech Center developments. PacTrust is leading construction with interior design by Siteworks.

“We’ve got our fingers crossed for a November opening,” Steen said.