PORTLAND – The co-founder of Rogue Ales and a pioneer in Oregon’s craft beer industry has died.
Jack Joyce passed away Tuesday. He was 71.
Joyce co-founded Rogue Ales and Spirits in 1988. The Ashland-based brewery’s entrepreneurial spirit and clever marketing helped grow the brand, distributing brews across the country and open pubs around the Northwest, including in Portland, Newport and San Francisco.
“Jack was a daring pioneer in Oregon’s craft brewing and distilling industries,” said Oregon Liquor Control Commission director Steve Marks. “His dream grew into one of Oregon’s most successful breweries and distilleries. Thank you, Jack for taking us with you on your journey to dare, risk, and dream.”
Joyce’s son, Brett, said a reception in honor of his father’s passing will be scheduled soon.