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Our Story

Laurelwood Brewing Co. is a family-owned business that was founded in 2001 by the husband-and-wife team of Mike De Kalb and Cathy Woo-De Kalb.  After years of working in the hospitality industry and raising a young family, Mike and Cathy made the leap to ownership. The original Laurelwood Public House & Brewery was opened in the Hollywood district of Portland, Oregon in March of 2001, in what was a defunct pub with a 7-barrel brewery.

Mike and Cathy opened Laurelwood Public House & Brewery with the goal of creating a space where all could feel welcome. They wanted it to feel like a party at their house where moms, dads, kids, single friends, and neighbors could all mingle together – “A Place Where Friends and Families Meet.”

Fast forward nearly 22 years and Laurelwood Brewing Co. is known as one of the best brewpubs in Portland.  Innovative food, world-class beer and nightly axe throwing with Celtic Axe Throwers draw packed houses almost every night.   Laurelwood has become not just a family-friendly pub and popular neighborhood watering hole- it’s a fixture in the community, and a staple in the pacific northwest craft beer market.


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