Ok, so we’re not as cute and sweet as Sally Field, and no one has handed us a small, gold, bald, nekid dude recently, BUT we have won a few awards lately that we deeply appreciate and would like to share with our loyal surfing audience.

First – Our one-of-a-kind Chili Beer has won another People’s Choice Award. It won first place at the Oregon Garden Brewfest in Silverton in April. Yay! Thank you to the attendees who voted for us and to the sponsor of the award, K & E Excavation.

Second – Our ginormous (it’s in the OED, I swear! It’s a real word!) building won an award for being so pretty in its new (year-old) paint job. Although we are not in a historic district, the City of Albany Landmarks Division has given Calapooia Brewing Co. a preservation award because it is an old building, and it is looking pretty darn good these days. Thanks to Ramm Painting for the great work, and to our facilities facilitator, Nick, for keeping the building looking spit-spot.

Third and Last – (but this is the bombshell) – CARA (Central Albany Revitalization Area) has awarded us a grant to help enable Calapooia to buy Siletz Brewing Co. in Siletz, Oregon! We’re very excited about this, and the acquisition will allow both Calapooia and Siletz to realize their full potentials (i.e. make LOTS MO’ BEER, which will lead to an increase in jobs and a higher profile for both Calapooia and Albany). Thanks to the Albany City Council, Mayor Bedore, and especially to Kate Porsche – Urban Renewal Coordinator, for their faith and support. They see our vision of what the ‘Pooia can be and what it can do for Albany. There will be progress reports, so stay tuned!

And thank you to my producer and my agent and to all the other nominees… oh wait, that’s a different blog. 😉

Cheers!

– L & M

Brewing the finest AWARD WINNING craft beers in Oregon and the Willamette Valley!