USA. SSP America has won two food & beverage contracts at Portland International Airport.
The company will bring two renowned local craft brewers, Deschutes Brewery and Hopworks Urban Brewery, to the airport.
Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery will open in Concourse D. It has been family- and employee-owned since 1988, and is known both for its use of whole hops and the release of small-batch experimental beers each season.
Hopworks Urban Brewery, Portland’s first eco-brewpub, will open in Concourse E. It was founded in 2007 by brewmaster Christian Ettinger. Utilising organic malts and a combination of locally-sourced, organic, and salmon-safe hops, the 20-barrel brewery produces 13,500 barrels of beer a year for its three brewpubs and distribution throughout the Northwest. Hopworks Urban Brewery is a family-owned and operated business, and donates 1% of its beer sales to environmental causes.
The Port of Portland Commission approved the two contracts during a meeting on 9 August.
“With more than 260 craft breweries throughout the state and 19 million annual brewery visitors, the craft beer industry is a cornerstone of the Pacific Northwest experience and a tradition embraced by locals and tourists alike,” said Port of Portland Director of PDX Terminal Business and Properties Chris Czarnecki.
“For that reason, it’s our pleasure to welcome two of Oregon’s most celebrated breweries to the food & beverage programme at Portland International, where they will further the local presence so widely appreciated by our passengers.”
SSP America Chief Executive Officer Michael Svagdis commented: “At SSP America we believe restaurants are at the heart of every community’s story, and airports play a leading role in telling that story. Bringing these two extraordinary breweries to Portland International is a wonderful example of our passion for community anchored dining at the airport.”