Rogue Ales is purchasing the Portland pub the Green Dragon Pub and Bistro. As first reported on Brewpublic, “What started out as one of the best beer bars in Portland will simply become another Rogue location.”
According to Rogue Ale attorney Brian Schweppenheiser “no employees at the Green Dragon have been fired, we do not have new employees “lined up”, the proposed purchase is not final and is subject to regulatory approval.”
Ed Schwartz, majority owner of the Green Dragon reported that “I am trying to do what is best for the employees”
“We’re looking at Wednesday-ish.” he said “There will be no interuption of service but if and when it goes through, (Rogue) will shut it down for a few days.” As of right now: “Nothing has been signed.”
Papers are to be expected to be signed Friday (November 14).
Rogue publicist Brett Joyce, assured to Willamette Week there is no plan to change the Dragon. “Green Dragon has a great reputation in Portland. We have a high respect for that, and we do not intend to change it.” Joyce added that, assuming Rogue’s takeover of the bar is accepted by the Commission (which is probable), the bar will continue to offer many guest taps and host visiting brewers. Green Dragon, he said, will “become part of the Rogue DNA,” but retain the identity that has made it so popular.
The Newport-based compant originally opened as a Brewery and Pub along Lithia Creek in Ashland, Oregon in October 1988. Since then Rogue Ales has expanded to locations including Newport, Portland, Astoria, Eugene and San Francisco.