Brewery revitalizes Portland neighborhood

A draught at Breakside Brewery in Northeast Portland (July 5, 2013, KOIN 6 News)
A draught at Breakside Brewery in Northeast Portland (July 5, 2013, KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Not long ago, Northeast Portland’s Woodlawn neighborhood was riddled with crime and gang violence. But it’s come back and turned around with help from small breweries.

Ty Hill lives in Southwest Portland but comes to this area to drink beer and have dinner with his family at the Breakside Brewery.

“I remember coming out and it was not an area you really wanted to walk around,” he said. But the area’s been improving and it’s only natural, he said, a good family-oriented brewery would pop up.

“Now it has a pretty good neighborhood feel. That’s why I like coming out here. There’s a lot of good breweries.”

Travis Puckett of the Breakside Brewery, 820 NE Dekum Street, said he’s seen a lot of people become regulars over the years.

“A lot of folks come in multiple times a week,” Puckett said. “We know a lot of folks names, we see their kids growing up and you just see more and more a lot of families coming into this part of town.”

Breweries like Breakside are attracted to areas like the Woodland triangle that are increasingly populated with families. The brewers like the families, and the families like the fact the breweries are a sign of increased economic activity and growth.

“I think breweries, in Portland, have a huge impact on a neighborhood,” Hill said. “Put a brewery anywhere and people are going to come,” he said with a laugh.

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