Perhaps encouraged by the evident success of Portland U-Brew and Pub in Westmoreland, “Above The Rest (ATR) Homebrewing Supplies” has opened an eastside branch at 7979 S.E. Foster Road, adjacent to the Fred Meyer store. Owners Stephen & Sharon Hurd say that they are confident that Portland’s interest in micro brews and home brewing will continue to thrive, and they’re ready to assist by providing equipment for the trend.

Over the twenty years that they've owned a store on the west side of the Willamette River, the Hurds have expanded their business to address the needs of wine and cheese makers, and makers of cordials as well. They also plan to host free Sunday classes at the eastside site for both beginners and advanced brewers.

“Basically, we carry everything you’d need to make any kind of beer,” comments Sharon. “We supply affordable ingredients, equipment, and consumable supplies, such as bottles, caps, and corks. It’s easy to do: If you can boil water, you can make beer, too. We also carry information manuals that address basic brewing needs and regulations. Many home brewers enjoy creating special blends or flavors during the harvest and Holiday seasons, both for entertainment and as gifts.”

The new Foster Road business has drawn a lot of interest since it opened in October. “We carry water distillation and cheese-making supplies; root beer and soda pop kits; raw local honey, for making mead; and various extracts and flavorings,” reveals Stephen. “We also rent, as well as sell, equipment. Already this fall we’ve rented out an apple press and a stainless steel wine press, crushers, and de-stemmers.”

Sharon adds, "We'll be installing a public bulletin board for people who want to sell grapes or equipment associated with the business. It will also be an information center for related concerns, such as the European grapevine moth that has already damaged some California grape crops.

“Phone us for information on brewing classes and products, or just come in and see what we have,” she continues. "Some of our products can be used for other purposes as well. Folks seem to be reviving an interest in home-made food traditions and crafts. We’re pleased to be able to help.”

Check out the business online at: – or phone them at 503/882-8882. Their hours of business are Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 am to 6 pm, and Saturdays from 11 to 5.

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