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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Roots Expansion

I took Sally's brother and wife to Roots last night and we got lucky and saw Craig there. He gave me an interesting update I thought I'd pass along. Sometime in the not-to-distant future (this year, though), Roots will be expanding into the space to the south. They will actually move brewing ops to where the seats currently are and shift them to the new space in the future. Roots also plans to add a permanent bottling line. Currently, they make do with a mobile bottler who visits the brewery periodically to bottle Woody IPA.

Last year they brewed around 1,500 barrels and are aiming to triple that this year. With the brewery expansion, capacity will go to 8,000-10,000 barrels a year. After which, Craig says, he'll be happy with.

(Yeah, right.)

Anyway, look for changes soon--

[Update: I forgot to mention--Craig also said that Roots is the beer sponsor of the Dew Tour stop (the X Games event) in Portland, which is pretty cool. Oh, and Roots also has a new website--hosana! Sometime in the very near future, they'll be able to regularly update what's on tap at any given time. The Gruit Kolsch blew when I was there and it's still listed as on-tap, so that's apparently not operational yet. Go check it out.]

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