Waltz Brewing pours craft beer, with Archimedes on its heels

It’s been at least six months in the making, but then, brewing a new business takes time — especially when it’s a taproom.

Adam Zumwalt, a Hillsboro native who recently settled in Forest Grove, has joined forces with friend Karl Glatz to open Waltz Brewing at 1900 A Street, between Forest Grove Dance Arts and Schlegel’s Bicycle Center. The combination of parts of their surnames — “Walt” and “Glatz” — inspired the company’s name, Zumwalt said.

The business opened last Wednesday, May 7, during First Wednesday festivities, said Zumwalt, who works as an estimator and sales representative for a roofing company.

Waltz Brewing will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. and closed Sunday through Tuesday.

“We’re a taproom now, with 21 faucets pouring predominantly Northwest beers,” he said. “In the future, when we’re federally licensed, we’ll pour our own craft beers.”

Waltz Brewing will also offer vinyl records for sale. “I’m a record collector,” noted Zumwalt. “We’ll have a revolving inventory of 2,000 to 3,000 records across all genres — classical, jazz, blues, country, rock and roll.”

Glatz and Zumwalt will be joined by another brewer, Michael Duron, in the venture.

Since the departure of Off The Rail Brewing Co. in 2013, Waltz Brewing will be the only microbrewery in town for at least a short period of time — until Archimedes Brewing Co. opens its doors next year.

According to Archimedes’ Facebook page, the craft brewery, which will focus on ales and lagers, plans to launch in early 2015. Brewers are Justin Marble and Storm Brown, with Jason and Chris Cirlincione working the business side of the company. There’s no confirmation yet as to the brewery’s location.

In March, Forest Grove City Council approved liquor license endorsements for both Waltz Brewing and Archimedes.

There’s also some movement in the craft hard cider arena: Pete Mulligan and Galen Williams are operating Bull Run Cider on Northwest Kansas City Road in Forest Grove.

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