Introducing the People Behind the Tualatin Valley’s Craft Beer
The Oregon beer story is more than 150 years in the making, with the breweries setting up shop in the mid-1800s, when the state’s craft brewing industry took off.
Early pioneers of this industry include Dick and Nancy Ponzi—founders of Ponzi Vineyards—who started Bridgeport Brewing company in 1984, one of the first craft breweries in the Greater Portland area.
The craft brewers in the Tualatin Valley share a common trait: innovation and passion.
Today, the Tualatin Valley boasts nearly a dozen breweries, each brewing its own style of distinctive, craft beers.
Meet the artisans who are helping put the Tualatin Valley on the “Beervana” map.
Alex McGaw, a Minnesota native, was a brewer for McMenamins, a venerable brewer in the Pacific Northwest, who in 2011 opened Two Kilts Brewing Company, named in part for his Scottish ancestry.
Founded in 2008, Vertigo continues to amass a loyal following, with its flavorful rotation of year-round and seasonal beers. Its “Closer Pale Ale” is a seasonal tribute to the Hillsboro Hops baseball team.
Ambacht Brewing—Dutch for “handmade”—is the brainchild of brewer and co-owner Tom Kramer, who started his beer career in 1997, including volunteering as a brewer’s assistant at the now-defunct Tuck’s Brewery, which was located in a synagogue in southwest Portland.