We had a chance to drop by Crux Fermentation , the new Old Mill area brewery from Paul Evers of tbd and longtime Deschutes brewmaster Larry Sidor. The brewery is shooting for an end of June opening and things are moving apace at the job site where crews are working to get the brew system, kitchen and pretty much everything else installed before grand opening. On Tuesday most of the crew, with the exception of Sidor who was out on a parts run, was on hand to watch as a paint crew erased the Aamco Transmission shop sign once and for all from the front of the building, unofficially marking the start of its new life as a Bend's newest craft brewery.
According to Evers, the building which featured skylights and glue-lam beams before they every started remodeling, began as a mill supply shop. Aamco moved into the building in the 1990s before the parkway was built when the well-trafficked Division street ran adjacent to the property. Besides the building, Evers said he and his partners liked the centralized if somewhat out-of-the way location that offers surprising mountain views right from the front door.
In fact says Evers, if you put a north-south, east-west grid on the city of Bend, the property would fall right at the intersection of the lines, a fact that helped to inspired the owners to choose the name Crux for their business.
We shot some more pics of the interior, which includes cool re-purposed barn wood finishing, creative wall papering and copper tanks, soon. Stay tuned for more on Crux.