What happens when a 9 year old falls in love with a pizzeria? He grows up to purchase it and create his own business! Old Town Brewing is the place to go to find great beer and even better company.
“Historic ties to Portland run deep within Old Town. Opening its doors as a family-run pizzeria in April of 1974, Old Town Pizza became a hub for like-minded people with a radical agenda. It stood as a beacon for the local community; a place to break bread and enjoy your neighbor. Over 40 years later, not much has changed in that regard. Built within the heart of the historic Old Town neighborhood, inside one of Portland’s oldest standing buildings (The Merchant Hotel), Old Town Pizza & Brewing is a relic of past and present.”
We sat down with Adam Milne as he told us his story on why he decided to buy his favorite pizzeria growing up.
“I left my corporate job to buy my favorite restaurant and started a brewery “
“He celebrated his ninth birthday at the restaurant and immediately fell in love. That experience stuck with him until 2003, when he purchased the downtown pizzeria from the Accuardi family. In 2008, Adam built a second location in the Northeast district of Portland, in his very own neighborhood, which would soon become Old Town Brewing. To compliment the rich historic build of the downtown pizzeria, the new location was constructed using reclaimed materials that circa’d the 1800-1900’s, evoking an atmosphere of Northwest authenticity and sustainability. Three years later, OTB began filling its first tanks with beer. With a passion for community, it was only a matter of time before Milne discovered that same passion inside the beer community. This driving force has lead to two major expansions, a number of prominent awards, packaged beer, distribution, new jobs, and a deep obsession to make some of the world’s best beer possible.”
Adam was passionate about his brewery as well as the community. He believes in a business being more than a company, community involvement, and the celebration of individuality. Be involved in your community and always show love to your neighbors. I inspire others to travel far, but don’t ever forget where you came from because that’s home.
If you are visiting the Portland area, stop by for lunch to visit Adam and his team. Visit the tanks of beer or enjoy a slice of pizza. Take a sip of their own beer that have won countless awards and mentions. Feel at home as soon as you walk in, and don’t forget to check out their awesome merch! Click this link to check out their website.