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Worthy Brewing Co. brewery in Bend

What: Worthy Brewing Co. brewery

Where: 495 N.E. Bellevue Drive, Bend

Owner: Roger and Ann Worthington

Architect: Neal Huston&Associates Architects Inc., Bend

General contractor: SunWest Builders, Redmond

Contact: facebook.com/ WorthyBrewingCo

Details: On nearly 3 acres on Bend’s east side, just off U.S. Highway 20, there’s room for more than just a brewery.

In addition to the walls and roof surrounding its 30-barrel brew system, Worthy Brewing Co. is constructing a tasting room, a hop greenhouse, a hop garden, an herb garden, a beer garden, a fire pit, solar panels and other elements. The building will measure more than 28,000 square feet.

According to a permitting document on file with the city of Bend, the project carries a $4.1 million estimated price tag.

“When you’re walking around on that job site, (I think to myself,) ‘This is kind of a big project. Wow, I’m sort of in charge of it,’ ” said Chad Kennedy, Worthy’s brewmaster and CEO.

Roger Worthington, the part-time Bend resident whose land the brewery will sit on, recruited Kennedy to run Worthy Brewing last year, hiring him away from Laurelwood Brewing Co. in Portland.

Kennedy has experience building a brewery. He helped build one for Laurelwood, he said. But size-wise, he said, it’s no match for the scale of the Worthy facility, which should open at the beginning of 2013.

With its opening, Bend likely will have 12 or even more breweries, and the count across the region could rise to 17.

For now, Kennedy said he is managing the construction job, concocting recipes for Worthy Brewing, working on a business plan and pulling together a management team.

“I’m not going to be able to do everything,” he said.

— Jordan Novet, The Bulletin

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