BridgePort Brewing Company

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BridgePort Brewing Company
Industry Alcoholic beverage
Founded 1984
Founders Richard and Nancy Ponzi
Headquarters Portland, OR
United States
45°31′52″N 122°41′05″W / 45.5311°N 122.68474°W / 45.5311; -122.68474Coordinates: 45°31′52″N 122°41′05″W / 45.5311°N 122.68474°W / 45.5311; -122.68474
Products Beer
Production output 100,000 bbls
Owners Carlos Alvarez

BridgePort Brewing Company is a brewery in Portland, Oregon, USA.

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BridgePort was founded in 1984 by local winemakers Richard and Nancy Ponzi, and the brewery claims in their trademark to be "Oregon's Oldest Craft Brewery". The initial brewing facility, the Columbia River Brewery, had a 600-barrel per year capacity. BridgePort was acquired by The Gambrinus Company, owned by Carlos Alvarez, in 1995, expanding its capacity in 2001 to 100,000 barrels. BridgePort's beers are distributed in 18 states nationwide. BridgePort beer production in 2005 ranked 41st in the nation;[1] for 2009 beer sales, this ranking fell to number 47.[2]

A fictionalized version of BridgePort appeared in the fifth season of the heist series Leverage in 2012. In the show, the brewery was a front company for the protagonists' elaborate cons. On-location filming included the exterior and some internal transition scenes.[3]

Beers[edit]

Oregon ranks 4th nationally in craft breweries per capita[4]

The BridgePort India Pale Ale, perhaps the brewery's best known beer,[5] has won a number of awards in the United States and abroad, including a Gold Medal at the 2005 Brewing Industry International Awards, in Munich, Germany; a Gold Medal and Category Champion Trophy at the 2000 Brewing Industry International Awards in London, England; and a Gold Medal for Classic English Style Pale Ale at the Great American Beer Festival, in Denver, Colorado, in 1997.

Blue Heron Pale Ale, named after Portland’s official city bird (the great blue heron), was first brewed in 1987 as a special release for the Audubon Society of Portland.[6] The pale ale features Northwest ingredients, such as hops from the Willamette Valley and malted barley from Eastern Oregon, and won a gold medal at the 2006 World Beer Cup.[6]

Bridgeport brews a barleywine named "Old Knucklehead" where a "Knucklehead" is inaugurated every few years. Bottling "no. 11" features Portland, Oregon beer writer Fred Eckhardt.

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