Steve Anderson has been in business barely a year in Bend and he’s already planning to expand Kobold Brewing LLC into downtown Redmond.
Anderson purchased the property at 245 SW Sixth St., a place formerly known as Redmond Smoke & Gift, which he intends to turn into The Vault Taphouse. He’s shooting for a summer opening.
“We are converting a walk-in vault that is behind the bar into our walk-in cooler,” Anderson wrote in an email. “It will be a tasting room for Kobold Brewing, and we will have beers from other breweries on tap as well.”
Anderson met with city officials two weeks ago to review his plans for the 68-year-old, one-story building and adjacent lot. Those plans include a food truck and a beer garden accessible from a new doorway on the building’s north side, he said Tuesday. He said he also plans to add to the rear of the building and make the restrooms compliant with the federal Americans With Disabilities Act.
“We’re all in,” Anderson said in an interview. “The city’s excited about it, too, and they love the plan.”
Chuck Arnold, economic development/urban renewal program manager for Redmond, said Kobold Brewing qualifies for up to $9,000 in matching city funds to improve the building signage and facade.
“What we’re saying is that if you want to invest in your property, we’ll jump in with you,” Arnold said. “It affects all the properties around you when your property is improved.”
The property is within the Redmond Downtown Urban Renewal District, which qualifies it for grants to help defray improvement costs. Arnold said more than $250,000 is at work on projects downtown. He said one goal of that spending is to make downtown a dining and entertainment destination for the largest demographic in Redmond, people ages 25 to 44, according to the U.S. Census American Community Survey.
“The thing is that between (Kobold’s taphouse) and the Odem Theater and Wild Ride (Brewery) and other restaurants opening up, it’s a real sea of change for what’s happening in Redmond,” Arnold said.
The Odem Theater owner is planning to reopen the old movie house at 349 SW Sixth St. after renovations. Wild Ride Brewery operates a brewpub at 332 SW Fifth St. In addition, Smith Rock Brewing Co. and Cascade Lakes Brewing Co. operate brewpubs on SW Seventh Street, and Juniper Brewing has a taproom at its brewery on SW Badger Avenue.
Anderson said he plans six to 10 taps for Kobold beer and more handles for other Oregon beer, too, such as Breakside Brewery, of Portland, and Bend’s Monkless Belgian Ales and Bridge 99. The Vault Taphouse will resemble similar operations in Bend, such as White Water Taphouse and The Lot, he said. Kobold beer is commonly sold at both.
Affordable property and city assistance made Redmond an attractive location, he said. He expects to hire a manager and other help for the taphouse.
Anderson said he has no immediate plans to expand his two-barrel brewhouse in a two-story former garage behind his home on NW Third Street, in Bend.
A retired air traffic controller, Anderson, a home brewer, applied in late 2015 for a license to brew commercially and started selling beer soon after. Kobold Brewing produced nearly 54 taxable barrels for sale in Oregon in the year ending in November, according to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
“The intent is for this brewhouse to supply our tasting room taphouse and still keep the accounts in Bend,” he said. “It’s sufficient.”
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