Laurelwood Brewing, the brewery and restaurants chain begun in 2001 in Northeast Portland, has sold all of its assets except its remaining Sandy Boulevard brewery to Legacy Breweries, a company formed this year that is the parent of Ninkasi Brewing of Eugene, according to a Legacy news release.
Laurelwood owners Mike De Kalb and wife Cathy Woo-De Kalb will retain the Sandy brewpub and operate it as Laurelwood under license from Legacy, the company said. The pub has been Laurelwood’s main location since 2007, when it moved a short distance from its original home on NE 39th Avenue in the Hollywood District.
Laurelwood recently closed its Westmoreland location, with De Kalb citing an increase in the lease that the restaurant couldn’t afford.
Laurelwood’s other remaining pub, in the Portland International Airport, is slated for closure in November because of construction at the airport. Laurelwood also previously operated pubs in Battle Ground, Washington, on NW 23rd Avenue, and a previous pub in the Portland airport.
Legacy said it will take ownership of all Laurelwood assets except those in Sandy. Legacy, which was formed in the spring when it bought Ninkasi, is led by Don Bryant, the former head of Washington state-based hop supplier Yakima Chief. Bryant said the venture planned to purchase larger breweries to establish “brewing hubs,” and it would look to buy other smaller breweries in those areas, creating better production and packaging capabilities and raw-material access.
Legacy on Thursday also said it bought Aspen Brewing of Aspen, Colorado. And Ninkasi in September also announced an agreement with Alesong Brewing & Blending to distribute some of the Eugene breweries’ ales through its distribution system.