GWM Signs Lease

Courtesy of Great Western Malting, 1935
Courtesy of Great Western Malting, 1952

Port leases property to Great Western Malting Co. as Prohibition ends

On January 12, 1935, the port executed a 30-year lease with Great Western Malting Co. The company was founded in 1934 shortly after the repeal of Prohibition by a group of Washington and Oregon businessmen, most of whom were brewery owners. Still in operation at the port after more than 75 years, Great Western Malting is the oldest malting company in the western United States and one of the port’s longest standing tenants.