Key History of Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
- 2001: Laurelwood founded in March 2001 by husband and wife team of Mike De Kalb and Cathy Woo-De Kalb. The original Laurelwood Public House & Brewery opened in the Hollywood district in NE Portland, Oregon with a 7 barrel brewery.
- 2004: Laurelwood’s brewery wins the World Beer Cup, World Champion Small Brewpub and World Champion Small Brewpub Brewmaster awards. The Company opens its pub in NW Portland as a second location.
- 2006: Laurelwood begins a relationship with SSP America (the successor to HMS Host) to operate two PDX locations, on Concourses A and E.
- 2007: Laurelwood relocates its flagship Laurelwood Public House & Brewery just 12 blocks east to the former Sylvia’s Dinner Theatre in NE Portland, after the original location became too small to keep up with the demand of our restaurants and our third-party accounts in Oregon and SW Washington. This new location was remodeled to accommodate a larger brewery (and remains home to our 15 barrel brewing system today). The prior operations at the original pub location were modified to accommodate a Laurelwood Pizza Company concept.
- 2009: Laurelwood opens a new pub in Mike’s home town of Battle Ground WA, including a small 2 barrel “Nano” brewery system, which allows the brewery team to experiment with new and innovative beer recipes while the core production continues in Portland. Laurelwood’s Workhorse IPA beat out 63 other IPAs to win the Second Annual National IPA Competition.
- 2010: Laurelwood sells the restaurant at the original location (non-branded) in order to focus its neighborhood pub operations at our primary location.
- 2011 to date: Laurelwood launches its newest beer outlet within Portland’s Rose Garden Arena, where we are proudly bringing our handcrafted ales to sports fans and concert goers alike. In addition, we stopped operating our pub in NW Portland in order to focus on our brewing business and feature brewpub locations.