Bridgeport Brewery, located in Portland, Oregon, was founded in 1984 by Richard and Nancy Ponzi, two local winemakers. As Oregon’s oldest craft brewery, Bridgeport has maintained a commitment to high quality products even as they have expanded their capacity over the years. Since its founding, Bridgeport has been committed to reducing its ecological footprint; re-using heat within their buildings, feeding cattle spent grain, and involving themselves in local recycling and composting initiatives has allowed Bridgeport to stay true to itself.
Bridgeport Brewery is known for many different beers, but perhaps no style as much as the IPA. Their BridgePort India Pale Ale was awarded the gold medal at the 2005 Brewery Industry International Awards, and their Blue Heron Pale Ale was awarded the gold medal at the 2006 World Beer Cup. Today, Bridgeport is one of the largest craft breweries in Oregon, but still maintains their commitment to craft excellence and environmentalism that has enabled their growth for their first 30 years.