first_imgThere are few things more heralded in the Pacific Northwest than bicycles and microbreweries.Perhaps it’s no wonder then that Hopworks Urban Brewery — known as HUB — already seems to be gaining traction at its newest brewpub at 17707 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver. Co-founder Christian Ettinger said Tuesday that business has been almost nonstop since its Dec. 30 opening.“I’ve been here open to close,” Ettinger said. “We’ve been so flattered with the response.”The brewpub is the brewery’s first outside of Portland and third overall. Ettinger said they picked east Vancouver for its mix of up-and-coming neighborhoods with relatively slim competition from other gastropubs.“Vancouver and Washington represents a wonderful community, and when we look at new opportunities, we look to strong neighborhoods that don’t have an overabundance of beer,” he said.But its success obviously hinges on people who, as Ettinger puts it, “vote with their dollar.” Customers who were there Tuesday said they’d anticipated HUB’s opening since its announcement in July. Some had enjoyed the beer but never wanted to journey to Portland.“I’ve been here twice since it opened,” said Adam Luedy, a 31-year-old Vancouver resident. “I’d never been to one, but I liked their beers. I always wanted to go, but I just never got over to Portland.”last_img read more