The Newport Port Commission has wrapped up a long period of talks with Rogue Brewing and has approved Rogue dramatically expanding their operations just east of their current brewing facility. The port will lease about 40,250 square feet of ground on which will be built additional Rogue production operations, product storage, additional cold storage, packaging equipment as well as increased brewing capacity. The new building will also include a new truck loading ramp and forklift dock.
A start of construction date has not been announced, but it’s believed that it will be over the current construction season. Also as part of the agreement is Rogue building-up the area now occupied by the old boat ramp to the immediate north of the expansion location. Rogue will also install landscaping to make the area inviting for the public. Below is a drawing of what is contemplated. You’ll notice that the expansion involves phases 1 and 2. As to when the addition of the phase 2 portion will be constructed is not yet known. The agreement allows Rogue a five year window to add that part of the project.
The agreement also clearly states that Rogue cannot ask for any more expansion room beyond this new construction. However, the Port has agreed that, in the future, if more capacity is determined to be available, such expansion could be considered. Ports in general are expected to use their port properties to cater to water dependent industries.