BY GAIL OBERST
Old Town Pizza and its affiliated brewery, Old Town Brewing, celebrated its 40th anniversary April 15 complete with disco balls and Michael Jackson hair, and a visit from Portland’s original drag queen, Darcelle. The popular Portland pizza eatery at 226 N.W. Davis opened in 1974. In 2008, the company opened a second location with a brewing operation in the Vanport Square, 5201 N.E. MLK Blvd, Portland, a former used car lot. The original pizza restaurant on Davis Street is the former Merchant Hotel.
Last month, to add to the celebration, Old Town Brewing won two medals for “I’d Like to Buy the World a Kolsch,” a Cologne-style kolsch, and for its “Paulie’s Not Irish Red,” an Irish-style red ale at the international World Beer Cup Awards.
Silver and bronze medals followed on the heels of Old Town Brewing’s gold win last fall at the Great American Brewers Festival in Denver for Cents and Centsibility, a fresh hop ale.
The ’70s throwback anniversary party April 15 at the original location was not just a self- congratulating celebration. It was also a fundraiser for Central City Concern’s Community Volunteer Corps Program (CVC). Old Town Pizza donated half of its proceeds from food sales on April 15 to the CVC.
The CVC program gives newly-housed individuals recovering from alcoholism or drug addiction the opportunity to learn important job skills and successfully re-enter the workforce. Participants contribute 80 hours of mentored community service over a three-month period to a variety of local non-profit organizations.
“We could not be more proud to have reached such a significant milestone,” said Adam Milne, owner of Old Town Pizza. “Forty years after our opening, we remain deeply grateful for the continued patronage of Portland’s residents, and for the opportunity to be in the company of so many other wonderful Old Town establishments.” Milne – a devoted Old Town Pizza customer since celebrating his ninth birthday at the restaurant – purchased Old Town Pizza from the original owners, the Accuardi family, in 2003.
In honor of the 40th anniversary, Old Town Brewing’s head brewer, Bolt Minister, crafted a pre-prohibition style lager, named for Old Town Pizza’s resident ghost, Nina (pronounced nine-uh).
Old Town Brewing Co.
[a] 5201 N.E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Portland
[w] otbrewing.com www.oldtownpizza.com
Owner: Adam Milne Brewer: Bolt Minister
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