A different kind of brew craft
Beer After starting to homebrew five years ago, Celtic Raven Brewing looking for commercial space
Five years ago Terrisa Watson and her husband Gregg decided to start homebrewing beer.
My husband used to work at Dechutes (Brewery) and we just decided we were going to brew and one day we did it, she said. Weve just always been into beer and food.
Now theyre on the search for a place to open a brewery and start brewing on a larger scale.
Right now were just in the (research and development) stages of it, Terrisa Watson said. Were planning on opening something here in Newberg, eventually.
The couple owns Celtic Raven Brewing and focuses on beers not typically found in the area.
We dont want to do anything big and get lost in the beer world out there, she said.
Brews include Scottish and Irish varieties as well as sour beers. Without a license, they cant sell their beer yet. But they are able to donate the beverage as well as compete in various contests.
Weve won awards. At the state fair I took first place for my oatmeal stout, Terrisa Watson said. I entered the American Homebrew Association competition this year. I got two entries accepted and took silver for my Irish red ale and bronze for the oatmeal stout.
At the national level, Watson said it was exciting to beat out 8,000 other entries. But they still have a lot to do before moving forward with a storefront.
Were kind of looking around the industrial areas. You want to make sure you get the right spot, she said, especially keeping in mind the impending changes from the Newberg-Dundee bypass. Its all about location so thats what were holding out for. And investments. That always helps.
Although they havent signed up yet, the couple said they are considering creating an account on GoFundMe or Kickstarter to help with the costs associated with opening.
Getting into the world of beer brewing is expensive. Once you get going, its fine, its just to get going, Terrisa Watson said, especially when youre not getting any money yet and just donating. Were looking forward to getting ramped up here and having the business before the end of the year. Were really eyeing before fall.
For now, theyre going to take it slow.
Were just working toward it slowly, she said. We want to do everything right, have the capital there, have the location there.
Celtic Raven is on Facebook at www.facebook. com/claddagh.brewing.