The Living Häus Beer Company will open this summer in the former Modern Times Space
Two months after Modern Times announced it was exiting the Portland market, two of the brand’s former employees are opening a brewery in inner-southeast Portland.
Mat Sandoval, former head brewer at Belmont Fermentorium, and Conrad Andrus, who worked at Culmination Brewing before taking a position at Modern Times, are launching Living Haus Beer Company this summer. The beer blog Brewpublic first reported the news.
The couple is joined by Gavin Lord, pFriem’s respected head brewer in Hood River, until he suddenly left last year to live with his wife in a converted school bus on the street. Now that he has returned to Oregon, Lord will hold the title of Contract Brewing Director at Sin Marca Beverage, Living Haus’ parent company. He plans to use part of the facility’s brewery to make beer for other brands that don’t have their own equipment.
Living Haus will specialize in lagers, which have grown in popularity in recent years, leading many to describe the trend as a swing away from milkshake IPAs, pastry stouts and slushie sours.
“Our goal has always been to create a brand of beer of the highest quality that is accessible, creative and meeting-friendly,” Andrus explained in a press release. “I believe that as a group we are extremely talented in all styles, but much of our focus will be on classic, clean and refreshing lager. Our goal is to be your favorite brewer’s favorite brewery. We strive to be at the forefront of the industry and also embrace the tradition that brought us here.”
The taproom that once housed popular farmhouse ales maker The Commons is being redecorated yet again for this transition. Sandoval and Andrus describe a “lush, green” aesthetic — a departure from Modern Times’ campy-but-frisky ’70s orange-and-brown vibe.
“From our beers to our tasting room, Living Häus Beer Co. will highlight all things that live, breathe and constantly evolve,” added Sandoval. “There is so much potential in this space and with some creative inclusions of the natural elements of light, earth, air and water we have designed an area that stands up to the quality and artistry of our beers. In our approach to the design of our beers and our space you will find elegance mixed with a touch of danger: quality beer, an airy and green environment and thrash metal.”
In addition to beer, Living Häus also offers a curated list of natural wines and spirits. The trio expect to officially open this July.
Related: Modern Times is closing the Belmont Fermentorium in Portland
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