A new brewery is coming to downtown Astoria.
The Astoria Planning Commission on Feb. 23 approved a conditional use permit for Josh Allison and Finn Parker to open Reach Break Brewing at Astoria Station, which currently houses Astoria Indoor Garden Supply.
Parker and Allison said they will focus on sour beers, start a buildout in May and hope to open later this year. They will lease the building from Astoria Station LLC, owned by Warren Williams.
“I was a fish biologist,” Allison said, explaining Reach Break, named after waypoints used to determine the length of main channels of streams.
Astoria Station, a former auto dealership, stretches from Duane to Exchange streets, with a large parking lot fronting 13th Street. The brewery would be located in the main showroom of the indoor garden supply next to Exchange Street, with the taproom in the former bicycle repair shop nearer to Duane Street.
Williams is looking to place more food carts in the parking lot, which has played host to several over the years.
Allison said he wants the Thursday River People Farmers Market held in the parking lot starting in June to return.
Although Reach Break will start small, Allison said the brewery hopes to steadily grow, potentially looking at an off-site pub or distribution center three to five years into the future.
Williams said he plans to refurbish the Astoria Station, including a new exterior scheme and full-view glass doors. He is also looking into signage for the wall of the Norblad Building backing Astoria Station, and possibly video projections, as he looks to make Astoria Station a downtown destination.