First Non-Profit Brewpub Opens in Portland

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ryan Saari is the director of the world's first non-profit brewpub, The Oregon Public House. (Ifanyi Bell/OPB)

There are few among us who don’t love a frosty mug of cold beer. You might stop off at a bar for lunch or spend the night out with friends. But in any case, you are enjoying yourself.

Now, Oregonians will have a chance to imbibe and pay it forward at the same time. A handful of do-gooders are opening the first non-profit brewpub in the brewpub capital of the world, Portland. Staffed entirely by volunteers, The Oregon Public House expects to donate up to $10,000 each month to local charities and community organizations. Ryan Saari is the director of The Oregon Public House.

The world's first non-profit brewpub, The Oregon Public House, is opening in Portland, Oregon.


The brewpub is still under construction.

Blueprints for the soon-to-be opened Oregon Public House.

Ryan Saari is the director of The Oregon Public House.

Ryan Saari, director of The Oregon Public House.


Ryan Saari

Produced by:

Joe Hernandez and Rebecca Klein

Comments [3]

James from Portland

Leland, actually this story is a little bit incorrect. They do plan on hiring people to run the pub. Thus, they are supporting business by hiring, and supporting nonprofits by just giving the extra profit that would normally go to an owner, away to those charities.

Aug. 18 2012 01:35 AM
Leland Crooks

Misguided entrepreneurialism. Non profits were originally designed to provide things that for profit business could or would not. Going into competition with for profits, on a permanent basis like this is not a solution. Every dollar it takes out of the dining pie in Portland is reducing available sales for every other establishment. They then don't see additional sales, don't expand, don't hire. And are at a huge disadvantage from the start. Short term fundraisers of this type are fine. A better solution would have been to start a non profit association that worked with local establishments to do the same thing through their restaurants and bars. Create programs that show how they can help their business and give at the same time. Generate revenue for everybody, charity and business. Non profits competing with for profits is a losing proposition for everyone.

Aug. 17 2012 10:39 AM
Barry Masiello from New Jersey

This is the most briliant fund rasing idea I have ever heard off.I found my pub when I get back to Portland.

Aug. 16 2012 11:25 AM

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