Between the indefinite hiatuses of places like Base Camp Brewing and the outright closures of brewpubs like Thirsty Monk, the city’s beer scene has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The most recent addition to the growing list of permanent closures: Rogue’s Pearl Public House, one of the Newport-based brewery’s Portland outposts.
The brewpub has been open in the Pearl District for 20 years, and was the site of the brewery’s first experiments in hard spirit distilling. “This was a very difficult decision, but unfortunately challenges from the pandemic and rising costs have made it apparent that our only option is to close the Pearl Public House in order to better focus on our other public houses and wholesale business,” the brewery’s closing announcement reads. “We have offered jobs to all Rogue Pearl employees and hope to keep them as a part of our family.”
The brewery’s last day will be September 20, though the company’s other Portland locales — downtown and on SE 9th Avenue — will remain open. Read the company’s full statement below.