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November 2012 - Thomas Kay Lager

Distribution Exclusive to Oregon/Washington

PORTLAND, OR (November 19, 2012) – Something fun is brewing at Pendleton as the company prepares for its 2013 Founder's Tribute honoring its patriarch, Thomas Kay, an English fabric craftsman who arrived in Oregon in 1863. Among the many activities planned to promote the
celebration, is a limited run of a special release craft style microbrew, Pendleton Lager, a traditional pilsner with full bodied hop flavor and a clean crisp finish.

"Next year marks 150 years since an adventurous young man from Yorkshire, England arrived in Oregon, bringing his exceptional fabric craftsmanship and emphasis for extraordinary quality," says Mort Bishop III, President, Pendleton Woolen Mills and great, great grandson of Thomas Kay. "After establishing a pioneer mill in Brownsville, he opened his namesake mill, the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill, in Salem in 1889. His daughter, Fannie, married Salem clothier C.P. Bishop, which has led to six generations preserving the family legacy of weaving fabrics in Oregon."

The special 200 case limited edition Pendleton Lager will be available mid November.
Distribution focuses on retailers in four markets associated with Pendleton's Pacific Northwest history and heritage.
  • Portland, Oregon, Pendleton's corporate headquarters
  • Pendleton, Oregon, home of its original mill first opened in 1909 and still weaving jacquard blanket fabric today
  • Washougal, Washington, site of Pendleton's largest mill first opened in 1912 which weaves apparel fabric for its menswear and womenswear as well as finishes blanket products
  • Salem, Oregon, location of Thomas Kay's first mill

  • The special lager is brewed for Pendleton by craft beer brewery The Great Northern Brewing Company in Whitefish, Montana, which was started in 1994 by Minott Wessinger, the great-great grandson of Henry Weinhard.

    About Pendleton:
    Setting the standard for classic American style, Pendleton is recognized worldwide as a symbol of American heritage, authenticity and craftsmanship. With six generations of family ownership since 1863, the company celebrates in 2013 150 years of weaving fabric in Oregon. Pendleton owns and operates two of America's remaining woolen mills, constantly updating them with state-of-the-art looms and eco-friendly technology. Inspired by its heritage, the company designs and produces apparel for men and women, blankets, home decor and gifts. Pendleton designs are also sold by select retailers throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and Asia. Products are offered in catalogs, online and in Pendleton retail and outlet stores nationally. Learn more at www.pendleton-usa.com.
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