It’s been about four years since the 1188 Brewing Company opened its doors on Main Street in John Day, and the pub celebrated its recent expansion during an open house Dec. 6.
Partners in the craft beer pub and restaurant are Shannon and Jeremy Adair of John Day and Jennifer and Ken Brown of Bend. Shannon and Jennifer are sisters, and the pub’s name comes from the numbers used on snowmobiles raced by Shannon’s and Ken’s fathers.
By expanding into the lot next door used by the former Radio Shack store, the pub gained not only space but room for a commercial-sized kitchen with a bakery.
“That means faster service, a bigger menu, more variety and more flexibility,” Shannon said.
Brewing operations will stay in the same location. Separating the kitchen from the brewery will eliminate the issue of cooking odors contaminating the brew.
“We’ll be able to brew any day of the week now, not just Sundays,” Shannon said.
Shannon served as general manager for the remodeling project, with the 1188 crew, family and friends working with contractors to complete the expansion.
Seating has increased from about 40 to nearly 100 through the expansion. Shannon said she doesn’t know how old the building is, but she thinks it was moved from the hill above Dayton Street to its current location about a century ago.
Rick Callahan made all of the pub’s custom furniture. Jeremy is a lineman for the Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative, and part of the pub’s remodeling comes from his work on a 50-year-old transmission line in the Silvies Valley.
A long countertop is made from the crossarms removed from the power poles, sanded and covered with a thick smooth finish. And the brick-like wall covering on the west wall is made from ends cut off from the crossarms, he said. Benches along the west wall are trimmed with copper.
The company also commissioned metal artwork by two artists. Ingo Wedde fashioned exotic sculptures of a motorcycle and a helicopter, and Boyd Britton created an assemblage of gears that hangs on one wall.
The pub continues to handle catering jobs, and the new kitchen will facilitate that, Shannon said. The staff is still testing the new baking equipment, with future plans to use spent oat, wheat and barley grains from the brewery in some bread recipes, she said.
The company has also been looking into canning its beer. The partners have found vendors willing to provide canning material and equipment for smaller breweries and are talking to Steens Mountain Brewing about the idea, Shannon said.
“We’ve really seen an outpouring of support from the community and local businesses since we opened up,” she said. “I want to thank everyone for their patience through the construction process. We couldn’t be here without the community’s support.”