Foster Road business people mix at new brew pub

Here’s a first look at one of the few new brew pubs in outer East Portland; learn why FABA was meeting there …

Foster Area Business Association members and guests sample the hospitality at a new Foster-Powell neighborhood establishment, Assembly Brewing.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

At a time when many famous, founding brew pubs have recently closed, members of the Foster Area Business Association (FABA) met to celebrate the opening of Assembly Brewing on SE Foster Road on Thursday evening, May 9.

“FABA is hosting our evening event here, partly because what’s behind Assembly Brewing is a great story about local residents opening the business in our neighborhood,” said FABA President Allen Rowand of Gray Dog Digital.

Assembly Brewing co-owner Adam Dixon is welcomed to the neighborhood by FABA President Allen Rowand.

“It’s great – not only to have a brewery within a district that serves good food, but also because it’s owned and operated by local people, instead of distant investors coming here to capitalize on our rapidly improving neighborhood,” Rowand told East Portland News.

As some 20 people associated with the neighborhood business district mingled, sampled beers, and ate, Adam Dixon, a co-owner of Assembly Brewing, greeted us.

FABA folks enjoy sampling the locally-brewed beverages, and food.

“It’s true; I live in inner Southeast Portland, off 39th Avenue; and the other owner lives off a street just south of Powell,” Dixon said with a proud smile.

There are many local breweries and brew pubs, Dixon agreed. “But we started on this idea about seven years ago, because we wanted to create to a special place, here in an area that hasn’t been well-served, offering a full-service restaurant that can seat 135 inside, and 60 outside on the patio.”

James Petti, assistant brewer, cleans equipment and makes ready to make another batch of their now-famous local beer.

Depending on the progress of the Foster Transportation and Streetscape Project, FABA plans to roll out its regular summer events. Learn more at the official website:

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