Bend brew news: Colorado couple to acquire notable brewpub

Bend Brewing Co. bought by new owners from Denver; DrinkTanks expands product line.

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Bend Brewing Co. has been bought by a couple from Denver.

Packy and Leslie Deenihan will assume ownership of the family-owned brewpub in 2016.

Packy Deenihan, an Oregon State University graduate and avid snowboarder, visited Bend frequently during his college years, he said. He moved to Bend in 2008 and owned and operated two food carts selling crepes. He said he also worked at Mt. Bachelor ski area running the Pine Marten lift. When the Great Recession took hold, he moved to Denver in 2009. Most recently, he said, he sold hardware and software for a wireless network.

“I’ve always had the entrepreneurial spirit,” Deenihan said. “Really about two years ago my wife and I made a commitment. We’re living lives that are great but aren’t as fulfilling as we’d like them to be. I was working a corporate job, and that’s just not my personality and style, and that’s when we started looking for other opportunities.”

(SOURCE: Bend Bulletin)

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Bend-based growler company, DrinkTanks is expanding its product line.

A Kickstarter campaign this year raised more than $300,000 to help the company, founded by CEO Nicholas Hill and his late father, Dr. Tim Hill, bring its latest products, the Kegulator and the Juggernaut, to market. Hill set a $75,000 goal for the Kickstarter campaign. Last year, Kickstarter raised $236,772 on a $30,000 campaign.

“Everything’s growing: geographically, what markets we’re selling in; domestically, what channels we’re selling in; the rate at which people reorder; the rate at which people want customization versus noncustomization,” Hill said Wednesday. “We’ve been very fortunate to grow very rapidly the past two years, and that comes with its challenges.”

(SOURCE: Bend Bulletin)

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