Historic Hood River
Here’s a fun not-so-old photo of the ribbon cutting at Full Sail Brewing in 1987. That’s David Logsdon and Irene Firmat cutting a ribbon which seems to be festooned with hops.
Full Sail may have been the only brewery in town in 1987, but the picture is very different today. The Museum is hosting a fun event this evening as part of their virtual exhibit, “Cheers! From Teetotalers to Tasting Rooms.” You can get tickets and find out about purchasing the associated tasting kit here.
The roundtable will include some of the folks creating the future history of Gorge brewing: Dan Peterson of Ferment Brewing, Bryan Keilty of Gorges Beer Co., Matt Swihart of Double Mountain, and Jordan Hunt of Mountain View Brewing. Enjoy the tasting at home, while learning about the business of microbrewing (and supporting the museum).
Tags: 1980s, beer, Firmat, Full Sail Brewing, hops, Logsdon, ribbon cutting
As brewing and wineries have become a business throughout the Gorge area, I can't help but think about what a devastation the Prohibition act, was to local businesses at that time.
Arlen L Sheldrake
How times change….Roger and my WCTU grandmother Della Sheirbon is now again turning in her grave….our Mom would not buy beer in a grocery store until much later in life….I did NOT get the promised $100 for getting through high school without drinking the devils brew…….today, Full Sail Amber is my drink of choice. Arlen
My Minnesota MIL would drive to the next town to buy any alcohol, and likewise teachers drove to adjacent towns on Friday afternoon to have a drink. And making kitchen countertop wine out of frozen grape juice was popular.
My grandmother was a tee-totaler, so my grandfather had to sneak his cigars while playing golf. She died when I was in college, and when I went to visit him one day afterwards, he had a sixpack (Harp beer) in the fridge… I nearly fell over with shock. And then I sat on the couch and had a beer with my grandfather, and it was one of the most bizarre, wonderful experiences I'd ever had.
Regarding this image, it's great to see what Mr. Logsdon looks (looked) like. I knew of his incredible belgian-style beers before I ever moved here, they are absolutely world class. And his contributions to the way yeast is produced for brewers is huge.
Wyeast Labs is an often overlooked business who's roots are intertwined with Full Sail and Dave Logsdon. It is located in Odell and is widely known in the craft brewing, winery, and distillery industry for it production, maintenance, and sales of well over a hundred distinct strains of yeast and other fermentation products.