by Tara Morgan
“We’ve been homebrewing for a couple of years now, and we noticed that when we went to a beer tour of Portland, [Ore.,] there were tons of these tiny local breweries, nano breweries,” explained Cloud 9 co-owner Jake Lake. "They usually were like a step up from somebody homebrewing."
Jake and his wife Maggie plan to open a small brewpub in the heart of downtown that will operate on a four-barrel system. The duo are currently in negotiations with potential spaces but haven’t finalized anything yet.
“We are going to be just selling local pints,” said Lake. “We’re going to have a couple of kegs out available for distribution, but we’ll do everything for sale through the pub itself.”
Some beers listed on the brewery’s website include a blood-orange witbeer, a salted caramel stout, a Northwest red ale and a honey basil ale.
“We are going to do as many seasonal things as we can,” said Lake. “We’re going to have our four barrel system, but we’re going to be using six or more fermenters, which means we can have a large variety of beer.”
The seasonal focus will continue into the kitchen, where the Lakes plan to crank out bar staples like housemade pretzels, salads, burgers and tableside s’mores with homemade marshmallows.
“We’re going to be as locally focused and sustainable and focus on organic as much as possible,” said Lake.
The Lakes are currently raising funds for the nano pub via Kickstarter, which Jake said he's using as a marketing tool.
“We’re seeking funding from private investors, from friends and family, from banks and from Kickstarter,” said Lake. “But the reason we went through Kickstarter is it’s a way to reach out to the community and sort of interact with them and establish our presence and get our ideas out there.”