North Forty Beer Company owners R.J. Mills, left, and Arin Forrest stand in their downtown Roseburg brewery. The duo hopes to be open for business at the end of summer.

RJ Mills and Arin Forrest of Roseburg said they hope to open their new brewery, North Forty, on Southeast Jackson Street this summer.

“We’ve never owned a brewery before so it’s a learning experience, and we’ve never worked on a 100-year-old building before so that’s also a learning experience,” Forrest said as he and Mills took a break from renovating the building.

Mills said he started brewing when he was about 20.

“It’s been a dream of mine for a long time and I know Arin’s been thinking about it too,” Mills said.

Mills said the brewery will be family-friendly during the day, and customers can join the brewery’s founders club to receive swag like a pint glass and hat.

Mills said North Forty will offer mainly light, refreshing beers, but stouts and IPAs will be available too.

The two, who have been friends since they were in junior high, had originally planned to go into business together selling brewing equipment, but that idea transformed into opening a brewery itself.

“We’re really excited to be downtown,” Mills said. He added the city’s livelihood is tied to downtown.

Forrest added it was sad to see the area wither when big box stores came to town.

“The way to fix it is when someone takes a chance on it and tries to change it,” Forrest said.

Reporter Emily Hoard can be reached at 541-957-4217 or ehoard@nrtoday.com. Or follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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Emily Hoard is the business, outdoors and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4217 or by email at ehoard@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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