In January 1991 the Mt. Hood Brewing Company opened, serving locally-produced beers and hearty pub fare in a family-friendly atmosphere. In October 1992, the newly constructed ten barrel brewery rolled out its first barrel under the watchful eye of Brewmaster Jon B. Graber. The Mt. Hood Brewing Co. is named for a brewery that originally operated in Portland, Oregon, from 1905 to 1913 during the pre-prohibition heyday of American brewers.
Eight distinctive ales are produced by the union of pure glacial water, Pacific Northwest barley and hops and the inspiration of the Mt. Hood Brewing Co.’s brewers. These delightful beers can be enjoyed at the Mt. Hood Brewing Co. brewpub in Government Camp and throughout Timberline’s other Mt. Hood restaurants. Oregonians can also find these ales on draft at restaurants throughout the state.
The Mt. Hood Brewing Co. was founded upon the notion that, like the best wines, beer is best produced in small, handcrafted batches utilizing the finest ingredients. The brewery’s commitment to this standard demands that each keg arrives at its destination while still in its prime, fresh and wholesome. Thus, none of the beer leaves the State of Oregon.
Like the beer, Mt. Hood Brewing Co.’s food is always fresh and locally-sourced. Kids and adults alike enjoy the pub’s tasty starters, signature pizzas, and hearty entrées. Many menu items are prepared with Mt. Hood Brewing Co. beer and are best paired with a cold pint. Thousands of skiers, tourists and locals have made the Mt. Hood Brewing Co. an institution on the south slope of Mount Hood.
Brewer Bryan Borgmeier
R.L.K. and Company, operators of Mt. Hood Brewing Co. and Timberline Lodge, appointed Bryan Borgmeier as Head Brewer of the Mt. Hood Brewing Co. in fall 2016. He joins longtime Mt. Hood Brewing Co. brewer Jeff McAllister in the brewery. Bryan grew up in Oregon City, and completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Linfield College in McMinnville, OR. It was at a Linfield class on homebrewing that he was introduced to the magic of brewing beer. Upon graduating in 2010, Bryan was hired as Assistant Brewer of Golden Valley Brewing in McMinnville. He earned an Associate Degree in Brewing Technology from Siebel Institute of Technology in 2014. Over the course of the last several years, Bryan has traveled through Oregon and the Lake Tahoe area of California, working at reputable breweries 10 Barrel Brewing, 3 Creeks Brewing, Lake Tahoe Brewing Co., Alibi Aleworks, and Hop Valley Brewing Co.
“Mt. Hood is an icon, as is Timberline, and to be able to represent this icon as a brewer is an amazing opportunity,” states Bryan, “In addition to updating the core lineup of beers, I’d like to develop special projects, maybe 3-4 caged bottles that we release every year. And of course I’d like to make a fresh hop beer and continue to work on the barrel-aged beer program that Chef Jason Stoller Smith helped start this year. I think that Mt. Hood, the brand, being an icon, has a ton of potential that most don’t have. A rare opportunity. In the NW we’re blessed with really fresh hop yards, malting facilities, a world-class yeast lab. And of course we have a glacier-fed well of pure, pristine and plentiful water.”