Above, Workers at Crosby's Hop Farm near Woodburn.
Following -- Emily Engdahl put this great list together for the Oregon Beer Growler's print edition. Those who want to hold this list in their hands can pick it up Oct. 1 here. If you want to see Emily's list on her website, go to http://oregonbeercountry.org. Thanks Emily!
List compiled by Emily Engdahl
For the Oregon Beer Growler
10 Barrel | Crosby Farms Harvest Ale | 5.5% | 55 IBU
Base Camp | Golden Hopportunity Belgian IPA | 10%
Base Camp | In-2-Tents |
Base Camp | Hopularity Contest Pale Ale | 5.3%
Breakside | Fresh Hop Citra | 6.5%
Brewers Union 180 | Little Green Men Cask Cond’d IPA | 5.5%
Bridgeport BridgePort | Hop Harvest | 8.0% | 60 IBU
Claim 52 | Whoa-Dang Fresh Harvest Ale | 5.5% | 55 IBU
Coalition Brewing | Green Pig Fresh Hop Pale Ale | 5.0 % | 50 IBU
Coalition Brewing | Simply Dank Fresh Hop ISA | 4.0% | 40 IBU
Crux Fermentation Project | Cruxtennial Belgian Pale Ale | 7.0% | 35 IBU
Crux Fermentation Project | Off the Fence
Crux Fermentation Project | Crystal Zwickel
Deschutes Bend | Hop Trip | 5.4% | 38 IBU
Deschutes Bend | Chasin’ Freshies | 7.2% | 65 IBU
Deschutes Bend | Cinder Cone Red | 5.9% | 47 IBU
Deschutes Portland | Fresh Hop Bitter | 5.0% | 43 IBU
Deschutes Portland | King Cone Deluxe | 6.4% | 55 IBU
Deschutes Portland | Fresh Hop Mirror Pond | 5.0% | 40 IBU
Deschutes Portland | Oktoberfest | 6.1% | 30 IBU
Double Mountain | Killer Green IPA | 7.5% | 75 IBU
Double Mountain | Killer Red IRA | 7.2% | 97 IBU
Double Mountain | Killer Brass IPA | 7.9% | 88 IBU
Falling Sky | So Fresh, So Green Fresh Hop Lager | 5.7%
Falling Sky | Nuggets of Wisdom Fresh Hop | 5.5%
Fort George Brewery | Co-Hoperative Ale | 5%
Fort George Brewery | Fresh Hop Sunrise Oatmeal Pale Ale |5.3%
Fort George Brewery | Fresh Hop Belgian | 7.5%
Fort George Brewery | Hopstoria | 5.6%
Full Sail | Full Sail Fresh Hop Pilsner | 6.0% | 60 IBU
Gilgamesh Brewing | Fresh Prince of Ales Fresh Hopped DIPA | 6.9% | 100+ IBU
Harvester | Harvester Fresh Hop Meridian Pale Ale | 5.3% | 30 IBU
Hop Valley | Citra Self Down “Fresh Hop” Pale Ale | 6% | 40 IBU
Hopworks | Bitchin’ Camaro Fresh Hop Lager | 6.0% | 60 IBU
Hopworks | Fuggin’ A Fresh Hop IPX Single Hop Ale | 5.7% | 48 IBU
Humble Brewing | Larch Creek Harvest Ale | 7% | 66 IBU
Laurelwood | Fresh Hop Mother Lode Golden Ale | 5.1% | 25 IBU
Laurelwood | Workhorse IPA | 7.5% | 80 IBU
Laurelwood | Fresh Hop Pale (Project 21) | 5.9% | 35 IBU
Laurelwood | Free-Range Red | 6.1% | 60 IBU
Lompoc | Harvestman Red | |6.1 % | 60 IBU
Lucky Lab | The Mutt | 3.6%
McMenamin’s | Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale | 6.9% | 44 IBU
McMemamin’s | Roseburg Station | Hopqua | 6.8% | 67 IBU
McMenamin’s | Old St. Francis (Bend) | Golden Sparrow Fresh Hop | 5.2% | 45 IBU
Migration | Glisan Street Fresh Hop Pale Ale | 5.1% | 33 IBU
Migration | Wild Style Fresh Hop Farm House Ale | 6.1% | 39 IBU
Migration | Better Off Fresh IPA | 7.5% | 85 IBU
Ninkasi | Total Crystalation IPA | 6.7% | 65 IBU
Ninkasi | Hop Fraiche | 5.2% | 40 IBU
Oakshire | ‘Bout a Hunerd Hops Pale Ale
Oakshire | Rogue Red Rye IPA
Old Market Pub | Schrader Brau Fresh Hopped Oktoberfest | 4.5% | 12 IBU
Old Town Brewing | Cent’s and Centsability Pale Ale | 5.5%
Old Town Brewing | Freshtoberbrau | 5.8%
Pelican Brewery | Elemental Ale | 5.4% | 55 IBU
Pfriem | Fresh Hop Mosaic Belgian Wheat | 5.1% | 18 IBU
Pints | Seismic Upgrade Imperial IPA | 8.2% | 100+ IBU
Pints | Oktoberfresh | 5.7% | 17 IBU
Pints | Crystal Lite Lager | 4.1% |10 IBU
Portland U Brew & Pub | Freshy Foystons Pale Ale | 5.8%
Portland U Brew & Pub | Papa Paul’s White Wall Pale Ale | 6.0%
Salem Ale Works | Triple F IPA | 6.0 %
Santiam Brewing | Hoppy Froppy | 6.3%
Santiam Brewing | Hopville Rye Pale Ale | 5.2%
Santiam Brewing | Fresh Hop Brown Ale | 4.8%
Sasquatch | Oregon Session Ale | 4.7%
Sasquatch | Woodboy IPA | 6.8%
Sasquatch | Red Electric IRA | 6.7%
Sasquatch | Healy Heights Pale | 5.6%
Sasquatch | Celilo CDA | 8.0% +/-
Silver Moon | Hoppopotamus Fresh Ale | 6.5%
Sky High | Fresh Hop Ale | 5.0% | 25 IBU
Solera | Chubby Bunny Fresh Hop DIPA | 9.5%
Stickmen | Single Malt – Single Hop (SMaSH) | 5.8% | 34 IBU
The Commons | Fresh Hop Myrtle | 5.3%
Three Creeks | Cone Lick’r Fresh Hop Ale | 5%
Three Creeks | Hop Wrangler Fresh Hop Red | 5%
Upright | The Hop and the Abstract Truth Belgian style pale/triticale saison | 5.1% | 30+ IBU
Vertigo | Hop Harvest IPA | 5.3% | 45 IBU
Viking Braggot | 100 Day Anniversary ESB | 5.5% | 50 IBU
Widmer Brothers | Dark and Dank Fresh Hop Lager | 5.1%
Widmer Brothers | Bring the Boom Fresh Hop IPL | 6.6%
By Brian Yaeger
Where spruce and fir forests flow along plentiful rivers to the mighty Pacific, the Oregon Coast is abundant in beauty but has always been deficient in beer. The tide is finally turning. Meet the new coastal breweries.
7 Devils Brewing
245 S. 2nd St., Coos Bay
Considering a new brewery opens somewhere in Oregon seemingly every week, the offspring of Carmen Matthews and his wife Annie Pollard holds the distinction of the newest one. (At least it did...) Two years in the planning, you could say it was several years, considering Matthews said both he and Annie had mused about opening their own brewpub as homebrewers before they’d even met. Their pub with a seven-barrel system aims to be a community hub – kids are welcome inside, and the family dog will be able to dine al fresco in the “rain garden” in the works, just one of the eco-friendly touches at this spot that also welcomes local artists of visual, musical and, of course, culinary stripes. The debut beers are all hop-centric – a pale ale, an IPA, and a session-strength number – or for the teetotalers and minors, Carmen said they plan to introduce a ginger beer (the non-alcoholic kind).
Yachats Brewery + Farmstore
348 Highway 101 N., Yachats
As with most coastal towns, the population of Yachats surges in the summer, but even for those who live here year-round, getting their own brewery will make it more spectacular. That’s why Nathan Bernard and his wife Cicely are currently building a brewery within their new farm store, stocking farm and garden supplies as well as über-fresh produce and food goods from local farmers. The three-story structure that will house the ten-barrel brewery where Chuck Porter from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales will be moonlighting is set to feature a tasting room on the top floor for epic views. Porter’s planned beers include Perpetua Belgian Pale and a Coastal Dark Ale. Porter and Bernard are fishing buddies, so the brewery is, as Nathan says, a way “to build Charles a playhouse.”
Twisted Snout Brewing/Pig Feathers BBQ
318 S. Main St., Toledo,
Inland from Newport and worth the detour off Highway 101 for the barbecue alone, you’ll find Stu and Becky Miller’s little joint in the tiny town of Toledo. Stu is a state barbecue champ and began making barbecue sauce in his teens. He also took up homebrewing before turning 21. He’s 50 now, so he’s been perfecting his brewing and barbecuing for a while. Focusing on pork ribs and chicken wings, the Millers called their restaurant Pig Feathers in 2007. Fodor’s dubbed it “the best barbecue restaurant in the Pacific Northwest.” The Millers added Twisted Snout Brewery two years ago so diners can wash everything down with any of the dozen beers on tap. Twisted Snout IPA works great, but try the Raspberry Squeal (have you noticed all great BBQ joints serve fruit sodas?) or Honey Oatmeal Porker (a porter) for the perfect complements. Even Stu acknowledges, “It’s the best bbq beer that we do.”
1902 Second St., Tillamook
This brand new coastal brewery without a tasting room – brewer Trevor Rogers is keenly aware the fan base for his beers is primarily Portland beer geeks, not locals yet — or even a website beyond a Facebook page, is already making waves with their Belgianesque beers. Start with an infinitely sessionable, 2.1% tart ale akin to a Berliner Weisse that’s called Bu Weisse (the name is both a nod to the Morrocan word for “my” as well as owner Linsey Hamacher’s cat, although Rogers successfully proposed to Hamacher at De Garde’s debut at BeerMongers so Bu is their cat). From there, Rogers goes in every direction, including Chanin Blanc Regards, a double IPA with wild yeast, wine grapes and finished in gin barrels. But while this wine-loving brewer makes ample use of fruit, ultimately, “I just try to get out of the way of the yeast,” says Trevor. “I wanna let wild ale be wild.”
UPDATE 12/30/13 -- DEGARDE NOW HAS A TASTING ROOM, 1902 SECOND ST., TILLAMOOK.
851 Broadway St.
Four blocks east of the beach along Broadway Street on the more mature end of this main drag is a new brewpub with quite a history. Where the main bar rests was once the drunk tank in this former City Hall. Original prison bars remain. Founded by Jimmy Griffin and partner Vince Berg, the brewery debuted in the summer of 2012 on a ten-gallon homebrew system, transitioned to a single-barrel brewery they cobbled together, and finally realized their initial vision of a fifteen-barrel brewery. Jimmy and Vince were managers at Rogue Ales, not brewers, yet their beers rock as much as nearby landmark Haystack Rock. From an imperial version of Lockup IPA called Lockdown Double IPA, which boasts huge pine notes boosted by dry-hopping with citrusy Simcoes, to Black Dynamite imperial stout with bourbon-soaked vanilla beans and cacao nibs generating both bitterness and roastiness enjoyable snifter after snifter, these guys have chops.
2703 Marine Dr., Astoria,
A smattering of homebrew supply shops have added bottle shops then taken the next logical step and become licensed to add a nanobrewery onsite, which is the route R. J. Kiepke has taken with Hondo’s Brew & Cork, which opened in 2005 and just added Brewpub and Taproom to its name. More than a healthy walk from Ft. George and Astoria Brewing (and the forthcoming River Barrel Brewing), this half-barrel brewery (soon to double in size!) offers a low-key hangout with a dozen taps (including guest taps), cheap munchies, open-mic for musicians on Fridays and a large selection of beer geek–worthy bottles (as well as ciders and wine). And should you be low on acidulated malt or PET carboys, they’ve got you covered there, too.
By Gail Oberst
Here’s my favorite fantasy: I lift up the corner of the desk, watch these papers and cards and electronic gadgets crash to floor, slip out the back door before anyone notices, jump on the highway west until it ends, and throw myself on the first beach I find. After an hour of running through waves and chasing seagulls, I work up a thirst for an Oregon brew. What’s close?
Depending on where I land on the coast, I’ll probably be at one of these breweries between Astoria and Newport:
Rogue’s Public House
100 39th Street, Astoria
There’s no brewery at this Rogue, but it is a super cool place to hang out on a sunny, stormy or any afternoon, and by hang out, I mean you are literally hanging out over the lower Columbia River, close enough to hear the ships go by.
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane Street, Astoria
You hunt for their eclectic brews wherever you go, so why not stop in at heaven’s headquarters, located between the historic downtown and the waterfront. There you’ll discover that Fort George makes more than just a delicious Vortex IPA: Stouts, lagers, wits, doppelbocks, pumpkin and coffee and spruce flavors, and Belgian beers all await your tongue. This summer Fort George opened a top floor restaurant with a killer view of the waterfront and a full line-up of wood-fired pizzas. Don’t like wide, open spaces? Try the tiny fireside pub next to the brewery.
Seaside Brewing Company
851 Broadway St., Seaside
This year-old brewery right on Highway 101’s thoroughfare through town is expanding to a 15-barrel system. But even before the expansion, this brewery was the wave to catch: fresh seafood snacks, lunches and dinners paired with their own and other local brews boosted its popularity. Now that the new brewing system is installed, who knows how far they’ll go? Stop by and check it out, if only to see how nicely they’ve fixed up this historic building.
Pelican Pub & Brewery
33180 Cape Kiwanda Dr., Pacific City
There’s a lot to say about this place, but we thought the picture on the cover was worth a million words. In this tiny coastal town, you can eat, sleep to the sounds of waves, shop up a storm, and drink great beer. How could it get better? Pelican is expanding to Tillamook, that’s how! Read more about that, this issue.
McMenamins Lighthouse Brewpub
4157 N.W. Highway 101, Otis
There are several coastal McMenamins on the map, including the new Gearhart Hotel, where you can stay the night, but Lincoln City’s Lighthouse is its only coastal brewery, established in 1986, one of the first in the company. If you read this in time to make the Aug. 17 Lighthouse Brewfest, you may be able to view the Mighty Beer Atom as it emerges from the creative mind of a McMenamins employee.
Rusty Truck Brewery
4649 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City
The brewery is actually behind the sprawling event bar, Roadhouse 101, where you enjoy a quiet lunch with your great beer by day, and by night, rock your pints off every weekend to likes of (this month) Sonny Hess, Renee Hill, Tommy Tutone, Janiva Magness, Phamous Phaces, and more. All that, about 10 Rusty Truck brews on tap, crazy beach and roadhouse decor and a surf, turf, barbecue and pizza menu that doesn’t quit. How do they do it?
Rogue Brewery & Pub, Newport
There are two great places to have a Rogue beer in Newport: At Brewer’s on the Bay, 2320 OSU Drive, you can tour the brewery and then have a pint while watching the fishing boats come in. The original Rogue Public House, 748 SW Bay Blvd., is across from the brewery on the northern bayfront. There, the famous bathtub picture of Mo Nieme, the late-great founder of Mo’s Restaurants, hangs in a place of honor near the bar. Although I’ve spent an hour or two at the original Public House, my favorite seat is at the brewery bar. Go through the giant tank at the front door, past the brewery, through the gift shop and up the stairs. Turn left and sit in the tall chairs in front of the windows, watch the boats bob in the basin, and dream of being a pirate. Because Rogue makes so many good beers, and they are all available at the brewery, get a taster tray before committing.
Crashing waves, art galleries, sweeping vistas, a boardwalk complete with carnival games and cotton candy, sandy beaches, rolling rivers, and even a pretty, historic city -- if it seems like Oregon's North Coast has it all, it's probably because it does. Or close to it.
From Cannon Beach to the farthest northwest tip of Oregon, Astoria, there's enough to do and see to keep folks busy. And apparently thirsty, too, with a growing number of great places to enjoy a pint and all that the region has to offer. There's even the North Coast Craft Beer Trail that features a goodly number of places -- from brewpubs to restaurants -- to source craft beer. The trail is featured on a phone app to help you hit all the hot spots -- and get a reward if you do. (everytrail.com/guide/north-coast-craft-beer-trail)
If you're planning on going coastal for just a day, I suggest having a designated driver as a lot of this touring takes place on the winding (yet beautiful) Highway 101. If you are planning a lengthier stay, the recently opened McMenamins Sand Trap Inn in Gearhart offers craft beer, a full bar, a nice restaurant and a good dose of local history along with a nightly room. Right on a public golf course and within a few moments' walk to quaint shops and the sandy beaches, the hotel is pretty much equidistant from the farthest flung of our beery destinations. Of course, there are also places to hand your hat, from as far south as Cannon Beach, with its artistic flair; to Seaside, the most family-friendly city on the North Coast; and up north to Astoria, a charming city that is reminiscent of San Francisco, but has too much history of its own to not stand up on its own merit. (Two morsels: Fort Astoria was the first American-owned establishment on the Pacific coast of what is now the United States. And Clark Gable got his first acting gig in Astoria -- in a structure that now houses public restrooms.)
Any time is a great time to visit the North Coast, but if you are looking for extra beery distractions, you might consider visiting during the Pouring at the Coast Beer Festival (around St. Patrick's Day in Seaside: seasidechamber.com), the Pacific Northwest Brew Cup (the last weekend in September in Astoria: fortgeorgebrewery.com) or Stout Month (all of February, Fort George in Astoria: fortgeorgebrewery.com).
From south to north, here are a few suggestions for going coastal and enjoying good beer at the same time:
1: Seaside Brewing, 851 Broadway, Seaside; seasidebrewing.com -- The new kids on the block, Seaside Brewing at press time was still working on pouring its own beer at the brewpub full-time. But in the meantime, they've got a good selection of regional craft beers on draft. It's dog- and kid-friendly with a ton of outdoor seating to soak up those precious sunny days. Kudos to former Rogue manager Jimmy Griffin and his gang for finally giving Seaside a brewpub.
2: Wine & Beer Haus, Seaside Factory Outlet Center / 1111 N. Roosevelt Drive, Seaside (no website) -- With more than 300 beers in coolers (plus a great wine selection), the Wine & Beer Haus was already a great find on the North Coast. But at press time, owner Jeff Kilday was moving to a new store location (still in the outlet mall) which promises more room and space for more beer. You can still take bottles to-go or have them open the beer for you to enjoy in the store -- making for a great escape for the non-shoppers in any group. If you plan on return visits, start a free Hall of Foam membership. After logging 100 different beers, you get invited to celebrate at an annual party. Togas optional.
3: Fort George Brewing, 1483 Duane Street, Astoria; fortgeorgebrewery.com -- With its new production brewery in full-steam-ahead mode, chances are you will be seeing more and more Fort George beers -- on draft and in their distinctive 16-ounce cans -- around the region. But just because you can get the beer elsewhere doesn't mean you shouldn't pay a visit to the source. The brewpub is family friendly, always bustling and has a great vibe. Or head across the parking lot to the Lowell Tasting Room, nestled in the production brewery, for a quieter experience. Make sure to check out both places if they're both open (the tasting room has shorter hours of operation) because quite often you can find something special pouring at one place that's not on tap at the other!
4: Astoria Brewing Co. & Wet Dog Café, 144 11th Street, Astoria; wetdogcafe.com -- Hands down the stop with the best view, right on the mighty Columbia River. Grab a pint of one of a dozen or so beers made on-site, hunker down and watch the pilot boats criss-cross in and out to assist the big ships that pass by. On a pretty day, you can't beat the deck, and there are more sailboats on the water. Plans are in the works for a brewery expansion so look for more of the ever-popular Bitter Bitch Imperial IPA and Lincoln Lager (named for the brewers son, not the president) in the near future.
Other suggested stops:
Warren House, 3301 South Hemlock Street, Cannon Beach
The Lumberyard Rotisserie & Grill, 264 E. 3rd St., Cannon Beach
Bill's Tavern & Brewhouse, 188 North Hemlock St., Cannon Beach
Dundees Bar & Grill, 414 Broadway St., Seaside
Twisted Fish Steakhouse, 311 Broadway St., Seaside
U Street Pub & Eatery, 220 Avenue U, Seaside
Rogue Ales Public House, 100 39th St., Astoria
Stories from the print edition of the Oregon Beer Growler.