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Roots Organic Brewing closes

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High Five
Wednesday, July 14, 2010

In spite of the overall success of the craft brewing industry, Portland's Roots Organic Brewing has closed its doors unexpectedly due to small-business problems.

Owner/brewer Craig Nicholls had been trying to sell the brewery for the past few months.

"We just reached the point where it was time to stop the bleeding and cut our losses," said Nicholls, who also runs the North American Organic Brewers Festival, which will continue.

The closure shouldn't be taken as a comment on organic beer or the health of the Portland brewing scene, because Roots fell victim to many of the ills that plague small businesses, including the recession, under-capitalization and an unseasonably cold spring and summer, which has affected many Portland brewpubs.

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

Read our newly updated coverage of the Organic Brewer Festival in Good, clean beer.

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