Portland beer industry loses 'oldest craft brewery'
After 35 years business, BridgePort Brewing Co. is closing up shop.
In a Feb. 12 announcement on its Facebook page, BridgePort said all brewing operations had already ceased. The Bridgeport Brew Pub, at 1313 N.W. Marshall in Portland's Pearl District, will close for good on March 10.
BridgePort first saw declining sales back in 2017, which led the company to restructure its operations. Despite those stops, however, revenue continued to take hard hits due to sales and distribution challenges in what the company called the "extremely competitive craft beer market of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest."
BridgePort employees were told about the closures before the news was made public. The company said it was providing all workers with comprehensive severance packages.
BridgePort was founded in 1984 by Richard and Nancy Ponzi and billed itself as Oregon's "oldest craft brewery."
"We invite you to stop by the pub for one last pint before we close next month," Bridgeport wrote in its Facebook post. "We would love to host you and reminisce one last time."
Since September, five local breweries have either shut down all operations or closed taprooms or restauratns. Last week, news hit the streets that Burnside Brewing Co.'s operations had ground to a halt after the company was locked out of the building it leased at 701 E. Burnside St. A letter from the the building owner indicated Burnside Brewing was no longer allowed access to the space as a result of a failure to pay rent for several months.