Foster Road business people mix at new brew pub
At a time when many famous, founding brew pubs have recently closed, members of the Foster Area Business Association (FABA) met to celebrate the opening of Assembly Brewing on S.E. Foster Road on Thursday evening, May 9.
"FABA is hosting our evening event here, partly because what's behind Assembly Brewing is a great story about local residents opening their business in our neighborhood," said FABA President Allen Rowand of Gray Dog Digital.
"It's great – not only to have a brewery within a district that serves good food, but also because it's owned and operated by local people – instead of distant investors coming here to capitalize on our rapidly improving neighborhood," Rowand told THE BEE.
As some twenty people associated with the neighborhood business district mingled, sampled beers, and ate, Adam Dixon, a co-owner of Assembly Brewing, greeted us.
"It's true; I live in Inner Southeast Portland, off 39th Avenue; and the other owner lives off a street just south of Powell," Dixon said with a proud smile.
There are many local breweries and brew pubs, Dixon agreed. "But we started on this idea about seven years ago, because we wanted to create to a special place, here in an area that hasn't been well-served, offering a full-service restaurant that can seat 135 inside, and 60 outside on the patio."