For, we are craft beer lovers, too. Beer lovers demand and deserve a brewery that delivers best-in-class quality in each and every pint. We will be that brewery. We, the BridgePort Brewing Company, will meticulously produce the finest examples of American craft brewing with every beer that bears our name. This is our promise. This is our pledge: Every Beer. Every Time.
The specialty beer movement in the Pacific Northwest began in 1984 when Richard and Nancy Ponzi, a local wine making family, teamed up with brewer Karl Ockert, graduate of the University of California at Davis’ Malting and Brewing Sciences program, to establish the 600-barrel Columbia River Brewery. Setting up shop in a three-story, century-old former rope factory (the historic Portland Cordage Company Building), in Portland’s industrial Northwest neighborhood, they founded what is better known today as BridgePort Brewing Company, Oregon’s Oldest Craft Brewery™, and a pioneer of the state’s craft brewing revolution.
Today, BridgePort Brewing Company is one of the top specialty brewers in the state of Oregon. As BridgePort Brewing grew in popularity, it also grew in its brewing capacity form its 600-barrel beginnings to over 100,000 barrels per year. Distribution has grown from Portland to 18 states, and the brewery’s emphasis on producing quality, innovative ales has provided it with an international following and numerous awards.
Built in 1886 for the Portland Cordage Company, the historic building acted as a rigging rope factory until 1935. It then languished as warehouse space until BridgePort took up residence and began brewing operations in 1984.