Welcome to another installment of the Oregon Brewery Running Series Podcast; Inspiring Oregonians to Be Active, Have Fun, and Give Back. We host family-friendly, 5K fun runs that start and end at some of Oregon’s best breweries.
Today on the podcast is our conversation with Bryan Shull, owner and founder of Trap Door Brewing in Vancouver, WA. Drew and I were up there this summer doing some planning for our 5K Fun Run at Trap Door on October 5, 2019. Trap Door is a new brewery partner for us this year, so we always try to meet with those breweries well in advance to make sure we’re all on the same page.
Trap Door is a small-ish, 15 barrel brewery located at 2315 Main St in Vancouver, not far from the river. Brian says they are “kind of” known for their Hazy IPA’s but have 12 taps with a rotating cider. To go with that beer, they have three or four food carts on site that form the permitter of their semi-covered patio. You can also order food from nearby restaurants to have delivered. They don’t do their own food yet.
Bryan, along with his sons Zane, who is the head brewery, and Zakary, who is a silent partner, opened the brewery in 2015. They also have two additional partners – Dave Forster, another silent owner, and Mike Parsons, the taproom general manager.
They’ve been putting out some quality beers since then, winning a couple of awards, and have been growing consistently since day one. There is a second location in the works to be opened sometime next year. Bryan talks a bit about that towards the end of the episode.
On this hot day in July, we chatted first with Bryan, and Mike about the event – where to put the registration tables, how the beer service will work, where the big inflatable arch will go, all of those annoying details we hope is flawlessly executed for our participants. This event will be intimate, but we should be able to pack out the space with 150 sweaty, thirsty runners. They’re going to have pretty much all of their brews on tap for us, so you’ll have a plethora to choose from.
Bryan and I then chatted on Facebook Live. He shared with me:
- How the brewery came to be,
- What it’s like working with his son,
- What type and style of beer they like to brew,
- How he keeps his sanity by running,
- Details on their new location in Richfield,
- Other events they’re participating in,
- A few of the causes they care about. There’s a group called The Do-Gooders, and another helping homeless youth just to name two.
As you know, giving back is important to us, so we love partnering with others who also share that same passion.
Enjoy this conversation with Bryan Shull, owner and founder of Trap Door Brewing in Vancouver, WA! When you’re done, register for our 5K Fun Run on October 5!
About Trap Door Brewing
We are a fourth generation beer industry family with the goal of producing the highest quality craft beer with sustainability and community in mind. We invite you to visit our large taproom and patio for a family friendly experience while sipping on balanced North West style craft brews.
All are Welcome!
We don’t care if you’re a runner, walker, or something else. We just care that you’re active! Nearly 20% of our participants at Ordnance chose to walk this one, and we love it!
The Oregon Brewery Running Series is about inspiring Oregonians to Get Active, Have Fun, and Give Back. We host family-friendly, 5K fun runs that start and end at some of Oregon’s best breweries. Register for our next run here! Our theme music, the Oregon Song, is written and performed by James Hoffman.