Thomas Kemper Soda Coming to Town

Thomas Kemper started out making beer. I know this because I grew up not far from Poulsbo, where the Thomas Kemper microbrewery began in 1985. In 1990, supposedly to give the children something to drink during their Oktoberfest celebration, Thomas Kemper began making root beer. They brewed it in small batches, with quality ingredients, and it was darn tasty. Eventually they started making a few more flavors.

Funny thing, their sodas became a heck of a lot more popular than their beer ever was. And now TK soda is coming to Portland. Sort of.

Adventure Funds, a Portland-based investment fund led by former executives from Kettle Foods and Tazo Tea, has purchased Thomas Kemper Soda from Pyramid Breweries, Inc. for 3.1 million dollars. That’s a lot of money for fizzy sugar water.

“The sale includes the Thomas Kemper brand and intellectual property, soda kegs, vehicles and point-of-sale materials, as well as a five-year supply agreement under which Seattle-based Pyramid (NASDAQ: PMID) will manufacture Thomas Kemper products at breweries in Portland and Berkeley, Calif.”

So, will this lead to any increase in local jobs, or will it even be noticeable? In any event, you will soon be able to quaff a Thomas Kemper root beer and call it a ‘local’ product.

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