Construction on the future Grains of Wrath brewery and restaurant in downtown Camas — at the site of the former Lemon-Aide Automotive building off Northeast Fifth Avenue and Birch Street — is in full swing and on track for a projected springtime opening.
Mike Hunsaker, Brendan Greenen, Shawn Parker and Brendan Ford own Grains of Wrath Brewing and are leasing the 7,500-square-foot space at 425 N.E. Birch St., from Gunderson Family Trust, of Camas.
The former Lemon-Aide Automotive building was demolished in December of 2016, and Greenen said the site has since undergone “massive structural upgrades,” with construction of the brewery beginning in June of 2017.
“The renovation focused on structural seismic upgrades to meet current code requirements,” Greenen said. “Much of the roof structure was replaced as part of the seismic upgrade.”
General contractor O’Brien Design/Build, of Wilsonville, Oregon, has torn down and rebuilt the front section of the building and added steel columns to add supports to the existing roof.
Greenen said Grains of Wrath has received state and federal licenses to operate as a microbrewery. The brewery owners also plan to apply for a retail/restaurant liquor license from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board in the near future.
Greenen said there will be approximately 25 part-time and full-time staff positions to fill. Greenen, Owen Lamb and Hunsaker, an award-winning head brewer at Fat Head’s Brewery in Portland, will brew the Grains of Wrath beers. The owners have hired Fabiola Ponce-Wyatt as the restaurant’s executive chef.
During a recent walk-through of the future Grains of Wrath brewery and restaurant, Greenen said the interior, when completed, will feature “modern industrial decor” with exposed wood beams and steel columns.
“It will be a cool, fun place to hang out, with good food and good beer,” he said.
Greenen is a former co-owner of Caps ‘N Taps, while Parker and Ford are the founders of Fuel Medical, in downtown Camas.
“I love being part of the growth of our little town,” Greenen said.
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Caps N’ Taps under new ownership
Meanwhile, Greenen, his wife Rachel, and his parents, Kent and Colleen Greenen, have sold Caps N’ Taps, to Michelle Van Tassel. The new ownership became official on Jan. 1.
Van Tassel is a former business operations manager at Kyra’s Bake Shop, in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
Brendan Greenen said he sold Caps N’ Taps, a craft beer bottle shop and tap room, to focus on Grains of Wrath.
Caps N’ Taps opened at 337 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas, in May of 2013.