If you want to wind down after a long day or stop in for a quick drink, Oro Brewery in downtown Mesa is your new go-to place. The casual atmosphere with simplistic design invites customers to come in, relax, and enjoy a beer.
Co-owners Dave Valencia and Chuck Wennerlund opened Oro Brewery on Oct. 1 in downtown Mesa. The small, simply decorated space lends itself to conversation and a relaxed atmosphere for customers whether at the bar, the high or low tables inside or enjoying the cooler weather on the patio. So as not to take away from the simple aesthetic, on one wall, the one decoration reads ‘Oro Brewery.’
“Basically, when people come through the door, we want to greet them, say hi, let them know they’re welcome here and come on in and join us,” Valencia said of the positive interactions; a goal the staff strives for with every customer.
As of now, Valencia said Oro isn’t brewing its own beers yet; they hope to have three of their own beers on tap in early-to-mid November. They want to add on from there and hope to have about eight of their own beers regularly on tap.
Oro Brewery is a unique space in that it doesn’t have a kitchen. They partner with Worth Takeaway sandwich shop next door to serve food to customers.
An aspect that contributes to their laid-back and almost intimate atmosphere, is the ability to have conversations without having to yell over the music.
“Our music is not really loud here, so that you can actually carry on a conversation,” Valencia said. “I think the best part has actually been having conversations, people enjoying themselves. My vision, is having a place where people can come, relax, decompress, enjoy people’s company, and people at the bar who don’t know each other strike up a conversation.”
He said there were some people out on the patio recently who didn’t know each other, struck up a conversation and were talking for a few hours.
“I like that, it’s nice to see people getting together,” Valencia said.
The space is unique as well; before becoming Oro Brewery, it was a karate and dance studio, which is still preserved in the brewery. A little piece of history is interwoven by recycling the wood from the floors of the studios and incorporating it in the bar.
The brewery is the second brewery in the downtown area next to Desert Eagle Brewing Company. Oro is different because of co-owners Valencia and Wennerlund, said Mitchell Carlson, bartender at Oro Brewery.
“There’s two owners that are both very cool guys who are all about beer,” Carlson said.
He thinks the success the brewery has had thus far is in part to its casual atmosphere.
“I think it’s a very big part of it,” Carlson said. “There’s not a lot like this in this area and it feels modern but old school, we’re laying back but not stuck in the past.”
Carlson said he hopes the brewery will grow organically by customers’ word of mouth.
“This kind of business is like that, so people that are into it are very vocal, so they’ll tell their friends,” Carlson said. “It’s not like a stop in once and kind of casually like it type of place.”
Valencia said another brewery will be joining Oro Brewery and Desert Eagle Brewing Company in downtown Mesa in the next few years.
“We would love to have this downtown as a destination for people who are into craft beers, take the light rail and hop off, visit two or three places, all within walking distance.”
To learn more about Oro Brewing company, visit OroBrewing.com. They are located at 210 W. Main St.
– Mesa resident Alyssa Tufts is a freelance reporter for MyNewsMesa.com.