Rogue Brewery’s Brett Joyce informed the Newport Port Commission Tuesday night that they’re planning some major brewery and distillery expansions over the next six years. Joyce told the commission that they’d like to be able to lease more port land at South Beach if the port could “work them in.” No one on the commission said yes or no. That’ll come much later.
Joyce said recession or not, Rogue has been doing very well lately, producing 114,000 award winning barrels of beer in 2012 along with 7,200 cases of distilled spirits, which includes gin, whiskey, vodka, and rum. Joyce said Rogue needs to re-arrange the layout of the brewery itself to bring the tanks closer to the brewing area itself and increase capacity.
The distillery section is in need of adding over five thousand square feet to their current facility in 2014 and another five thousand square feet in 2016. The Rogue warehouse space will need to expand by nearly 14,000 square feet in 2014, another 14,000 in 2016, and another 14,000 by 2019.
Of course, that is, if the port’s master plan can handle it.
Obviously Rogue and the Port Commission will hash out those plans and see what arrangements can be made, or should be made based on the mission statement of the port’s prime directive – to promote and expand “water dependent industries.” That’s what snagged Yaquina Bay Fruit some time back when they requested more prime port property and the port balked, declaring that the cherry packing facility was not “water dependent.”
After the meeting Port President JoAnn Barton remarked of Rogue’s plans, “It’s a nice place to be, needing all that new space to grow. We’ll have to sit down with them, go over their plans and see if we can accommodate them based on the port’s own master plan.”
Joyce told the commission that Rogue employs about 120 Newport-based employees which would be expected to rise if the request for more port space can be arranged.