WHITE SALMON — On a recent Wednesday morning, Everybody’s Brewing already had a short line at its door 10 minutes before opening.
Then, right before its doors opened, polo-clad workers from a nearby avionics company rounded the corner and joined the wait.
Within an hour, the brewpub roiled with a lunchtime crowd, which seemed out of scale with the midsized building, perched on a hill in a small town that looked to fit well within a postcard for the Columbia River Gorge.
The owners weren’t surprised, though.
“It happens a lot,” said Doug Ellenberger, who co-owns Everybody’s Brewing with his wife, Christine.
Everybody’s Brewing is one of the restaurants in the Gorge now feeding off a new class of customer. Led largely by Insitu Group, a subsidiary of Chicago-based Boeing Co., these companies and their higher-wage workers are breathing life into small businesses in the Gorge that used to subsist on tourists and a few locals.