Portland, Oregon’s Von Ebert Brewing is expanding production and distribution from 4,000 barrels per year to as much as 20,000 barrels per year. To facilitate this expansion, Von Ebert is moving into the formerly Ecliptic Brewing facility on N. Cook Street in Portland.
Von Ebert Brewing was founded in 2018 by Tom M. Cook and Tom S. Cook in Portland, Oregon. Von Ebert Brewing plans to have the N. Cook Street taproom reopened to the public this spring.
“At Von Ebert Brewing, we live full-boar, which is why we’re investing in Portland and expanding our production and distribution so we can sell more of our award-winning beer,” said Sam Pecoraro, brewmaster of Von Ebert Brewing. “John Harris is a beer institution who helped put Oregon on the map. By taking over the N. Cook. Street space, Von Ebert will be able to continue the legacy of brewing Oregon’s world-class craft beer.”
The expansion comes at an interesting time, as Oregon breweries are facing major challenges. Between inflation on the cost of ingredients, supply chain issues, employee shortages and a pandemic, Oregon has lost more than 20 local breweries in just the past few months. Harris cited such reasons in his decision to sell.
By making this purchase, Von Ebert Brewing is hoping to weather these hard times for craft beer by expanding into more 12-ounce canning and off-premise sales, including its gold medal winning Pilsner, named Pils, Volatile Substance IPA, and likely more to come.
“I am very happy to have found Von Ebert Brewing to move into the brewery I created and that the building will continue to make beer,” said John Harris, former owner and brewmaster of Ecliptic Brewing, which is now part of Great Frontier Holdings. “Von Ebert Brewing makes awesome beers and I look forward to working with them to continue to produce small batch Ecliptic beers on the same equipment.”
Von Ebert Brewing is named after the family matriarch lovingly refer to as “Grandma Ebert.” The quintessential immigrant story, Grandma Ebert came to America from Germany via Ellis Island and relied on her grit and determination to create a successful life for her family here in the states. The Von Ebert moniker celebrates Grandma’s tenacity and honors our heritage. Von Ebert translates loosely to “House of Ebert” or in full English, “House of the Boar.”
With this move, Von Ebert Brewing plans to grow its distribution throughout Oregon and Washington, and eventually Idaho and parts of California.