Laurelwood Brewing


Established: 2001
Founders: Mike De Kalb and Cathy Woo-De Kalb
Brewers: Christian Ettinger (original), Chad Kennedy (2006), Vasili Gletos (2011), Shane Watterson (current), and Steve Balzer (current)
Locations: NE Portland: 5115 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213; SE Portland: 6716 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202; Moda Center, and Portland Airport
Specialties: Workhorse IPA, Organic Free Range Red
Fun Facts:

  • Laurelwood was recognized as Portland’s first Certified Organic Brewery. 
  • Laurelwood’s current brewpub occupies the former location of Sylvia’s Class Act Dinner Theatre. The stage once stood where the brew equipment now rests.

Mike and Cathy De Kalb started Laurelwood Brewing Co. in 2001 with a clear vision: that of a neighborhood hangout. Despite switching locations several times, Laurelwood has managed to do just that with award-winning brews like the Workhouse IPA and Organic Free Range Red.

Their attention to quality has yielded a number of awards and accolades, perhaps most notably the gold medal at the 2009 National IPA Championship for its Workhorse IPA. In 2013, Laurelwood’s Megafauna Imperial IPA won the National Imperial IPA Championship. Judges awarded the Eazy Duz It IIPA a silver medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival. The brewery has also earned recognition at the World Beer Cup as World Champion Small Brewpub and World Champion Small Brewpub Brewmaster.

Laurelwood’s current brewpub contains an advanced 15 barrel system--a large jump from the 7 barrels housed at its original brewpub location in the Hollywood district! In 2007, after a halted investment in a pizza pub, the De Kalbs renovated Sylvia’s Dinner Theatre, a piece of classic Portland architecture. Since 2006, Laurelwood has also operated two locations within the Portland International Airport. 2014 saw the opening of Laurelwood SE Public House in the Westmoreland area of Portland. Coupled with the new locations, a partnership with the Craft Brew Alliance in 2013 led to an exponential growth in output, as well as the production of 12-oz. bottles, which as sold as far away as Pennsylvania and Japan.