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. “We’ve just always been into beer and food.”

Now they’re on the search for a place to open a brewery and start brewing on a larger scale.

“Right now we’re just in the (research and development) stages of it,” Terrisa Watson said. “We’re 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 don’t 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 can’t sell their beer yet. But they are able to donate the beverage as well as compete in various contests.

“We’ve 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.

“We’re 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. “It’s all about location so that’s what we’re holding out for. And in­vest­ments. That always helps.”

Although they haven’t 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, it’s fine, it’s just to get going,” Terrisa Watson said, “especially when you’re not getting any money yet and just donating. We’re looking forward to getting ramped up here and having the business before the end of the year. We’re really eyeing before fall.”

For now, they’re going to take it slow.

“We’re 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.

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