MCEDD Spotlight: Dwinell County Ales

— GOLDENDALE, Wash. -- Dwinell Country Ales, the newest member of the Columbia River Gorge's vibrant beer making community, recently opened the doors to their seven-barrel brewhouse and family-friendly tasting room in downtown Goldendale.

Founded by husband and wife team Justin and Jocelyn Leigh with longtime friend Graham Hogan, Dwinell Country Ales focuses on making Belgian-inspired beers and experimenting with local ingredients.

Dwinell Country Ales received a modest loan from Mid-Columbia Economic Development District that allowed them to procure much needed equipment and, in the end, open ahead of schedule.

"Without MCEDD, we wouldn't have been able to be where we are," Jocelyn said. "Financing from MCEDD has enabled us to create a unique space in Goldendale where people can gather, converse, share a beer, and enjoy each other's company."

Even as Dwinell Country Ales focuses on making their Goldendale tasting room into a regional beer destination, beer hunters and craft enthusiasts alike can find their beers on draft in Washington along the Columbia River Gorge and at select bars in Vancouver. For more information, check out or call (509) 773-3138.

The MCEDD Loan Program is available to entrepreneurs, start-up businesses and existing businesses in the five county (Sherman, Hood River, Wasco, Klickitat and Skamania) Mid-Columbia Area. This loan program is part of MCEDD's efforts to strengthen and support the region's economy. Contact Eric Nerdin at 541-296-2266 or for more information on MCEDD's Loan Program.

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