On January 6th, 2019, Portage Brewing Company experienced a catastrophic fire that destroyed their downtown Walker facility. Portage will "pick up the pieces and rebuild", said one of their owners in this
post from last week. A lot of people have been reaching out, asking the brewery about ways to help, and a few of us who are Friends of Portage came up with this...
As the Portage Team navigates the insurance process and rebuilds, we have learned that many expenses beyond what's covered, relating specifically to the design and rebuild of the facility, will be needed. Architecture and investments relating to better facilities, for example, for Portage fans and staff to enjoy, will help them in designing their dream brewery.
Portage Brewing Company, to many of us, wasn't just a place where you went to drink unique beer, but a space that fostered community and culture, offering customers a safe space for open-mindedness, collaborations, creativity, and a welcoming atmosphere. It is our hope as a community, to see them return with their dream facility, so we can all continue enjoying a little Portage Beer. For this reason, and for many who have requested it, Friends of Portage created this GoFundMe page, to help pick up the pieces and build that dream brewery. You can be an important part of their rebuild by helping to fund their redesign efforts!
With your help, Portage will rise up from the ashes, and rebuild better than before.
Friends of Portage
(scroll below to see a few photos since the fire)