Fat Head's Brewery announced today (Dec. 6) that it will close its Portland, Ore., brewpub in the first quarter of next year, saying the brewery and its partners there decided to terminate their business agreement.

"Despite the best efforts from both sides, we were unable to agree upon a vision for the future," Fat Head's founder Glenn Benigni said in a prepared statement. "As a result, we've mutually decided to close the Fat Head's Brewery location in Portland, pouring our last beer in early 2018.

"We're extremely proud of our accomplishments and the success we've had here, he continued, "including the the team that was put in place at its inception. We are forever grateful for their hard work and dedication to Fat Head's."

The Portland brewpub won a gold medal for its Blitzkrieg Bock in 2015 at the Great American Beer Festival.

Media in Portland report that the brewpub will not actually close but will be rebranded as an independent brewery called Von Ebert Brewing.

Fat Head's said it will concentrate on growing its brand in Ohio, Pennsylvania and neighboring states.

Fat Head's is building a new production brewery and restaurant in Middleburg Heights and a brewpub in suburban Canton. It also has announced plans to build a brewpub in Charlotte, N.C. The brewery announced last week that it is selling its current production brewery to Rivals Brewing Co.