River Mile 38 Brewery proposes expansion
February 21, 2019
Commissioners of Wahkiakum County Port District No. 1 expressed great interest in River Mile 38 Brewery owners’ possible plans for expansion on port property at their meeting last Thursday.
Rex Czuba, one of the new owners of the brewery, approached the board about their hopes to erect a second building closer to the river before going over a prepared analysis of the projected impact of the potential project.
The brewery has become a favorite amongst local residents, and on a summer day visitors to like sit outside. Czuba and his partner, Javier Sanchez, would like to take advantage of the scenic waterfront and build a second space closer to the water with more outdoor seating, making the brewery an even bigger draw for locals and tourists.
The two are still working with architects, but current renderings feature a large patio in front, with an open structure built with several shipping containers facing the Columbia River, featuring lots of windows and open doors that take advantage of the surrounding views, and more outdoor space upstairs.
The inside space would be about the same size as the brewery now. They plan to keep the original brewery building as a brew space and storage.
“The goal here was to try to create a project that would bring more high paying jobs and great opportunities into the area, support local businesses, and at the same time help the port achieve it’s mission of economic development,” Czuba said.
“I think its a good idea, there is no bigger draw than people sitting out there staring at that river,” Deaton said.
Commissioners Scott Anderson and Bob Kizziar agreed. Kizziar directed port staff to consider rent and what the port would need to do to install utilities and otherwise prepare the site at the port waterfront if the project moves forward.
Commissioners approved a raise for the Port Manager, Jackie Lea, to $5,304 per month, retroactive as of January 1, 2019.