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OREGON COAST CRAFT BREWERIES
363 miles of the best beer and spectacular scenery on the Pacific Coast
BY ANTHONY ST. CLAIR
From Astoria at the mouth of the mighty Columbia River, to Brookings at the California border, Oregon boasts 363 miles of pristine public coastline — and over 20 breweries where you can enjoy craft beer at the country’s western edge. Whether nipping to the Coast for a weekend or making an end-to-end beercation, here are a few can’t-miss stops.
Astoria Brewing, Astoria
With five breweries — the most anywhere on the Oregon Coast — a good place to start wetting coasters on the Coast is some Oregon brewing history. Astoria Brewing has been serving up since 1997 — back when it was “microbrew,” not “craft beer.” Fifteen taps pour the usual suspects such as IPAs and pale ales, but keep an eye out for unique exbeeriences like Sandy’s Altzbier German Pale, Skipper’s Sourmash Stout and Sunset Mango Sour. You can enjoy your pint while looking out at the Columbia River and the Astoria–Megler Bridge — the last Oregon-Washington connection before the river flows into the Pacific.
Fort George Brewery, Astoria
A visit to Astoria’s beer scene isn’t complete without checking out the expanding Fort George Brewery, right on the waterfront. Especially known for their February Stout Month, Fort George recently announced plans to expand into a 124,000-square-foot building. The former cannery will now be the home of Fort George’s canning line, a 60-barrel brewhouse, panoramic views of the Columbia and an array of light and dark beers such as Overdub Session IPA, Waves of Silence Stout, Crysknife IPA and, of course, From Astoria With Love Stout.
Public Coast Brewing, Cannon Beach
The famous Oregon Beach Bill of 1967 established Oregon’s coastline as public property. That statewide spirit of community, access and taking care of what you love is home not only at the beach, but at Public Coast Brewing. Founded in 2016, the brewery is on the northern edge of town, where Ecola Creek curves north. When you visit, check out beers as distinctive as the North Coast’s rocky geography: Old Bog Farm Cranberry Kettle Sour, The People’s Pale Ale, Sea Sprig Rosemary Session IPA, and — if you can get it — La Noche de Cabra Traditional Bock.
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Buoy Beer, Astoria
Hondo’s Brew Pub, Astoria
Reach Break Brewing, Astoria
Seaside Brewing, Seaside
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de Garde Brewing, Tillamook
Brewpub, Lincoln City
Rusty Truck Brewing,
Bier One Brewing, Newport
Newport Brewing Co., Newport
Rogue Brewer’s, Newport
Beachcrest Brewing, Gleneden Beach
Just as America’s craft beer boom has spread across the country and around the world, craft breweries are finding that smaller communities can also be welcoming homes for local-minded brewers. Located in the Shops at Salishan, Beachcrest sits just off Highway 101 at the southern end of Siletz Bay. Since opening in 2018, Beachcrest has become a local mainstay for live music and quirky events — including a Dec. 14 holiday sing-along that encourages the wearing of lurid Christmas sweaters, the munching of lots of cookies and the enjoyment of house beers such as Siletz Bay Hazy IPA, Sweet ‘n Tart Raspberry Strong Ale and Coastal Knight Imperial CDA.
Depoe Bay Brewing, Depoe Bay
Located in The Horn Public House & Brewery, Depoe Bay Brewing’s small team brings big beers to the Oregon Coast. The former site of a coastal tourist attraction, the 1927 building also served as a Coast Guard barracks during World War II, reinvented as a pub and brewery in 2016. Pair your winter storm watching with Sir Charles Scotch Ale, Sea Witch Icelandic Porter, Dead Reckoning 2019 Winter Warmer or Little Whale Cream Ale.
Wolf Tree Brewery Taproom, Newport
While Wolf Tree’s Seal Rock production brewery isn’t a public space, the South Beach taproom on the southern end of Newport is happy to serve you (no minors allowed, though). From a second-floor space in the Wilder Corner Building, you can enjoy free popcorn along with over a dozen brew selections, including flagship Spruce Tip Ale, Sails Up Saison and Belgian Dip Dark Strong Ale. Don’t forget to grab a pint of Tumornator Triple IPA: named in honor of tumor-fighting neurosurgeon William E. Hitselberger M.D., who passed away in 2014; a portion of the proceeds from every pint is donated to local charities.
Yachats Brewing & Farmstore, Yachats
Tucked between Newport and Florence, Yachats might be a small community, but it’s also home to one of the Coast’s most innovative breweries. Brewing on a seven-barrel brewhouse since 2016, Yachats Brewing’s specialty bottles are can’t miss
beer events: Cetacea Saison with Szechuan Peppercorns, Salal Sour Ale with Salal Berries and Peche Oak-Fermented Saison with Peaches. Also check out their year-round taps, including Thor’s Well India Pale Ale, Perpetua Xtra Pale Ale and Coastal Dark Ale.
7 Devils Brewing, Coos Bay
While there’s no craft brewery in Florence, nearby 7 Devils in Coos Bay heads up the Southern Coast’s solid beer presence. With a focus on celebrating “coastal creativity,” the family-owned brewery aims to have their beers and pub feel just as restorative and inspiring as walking on the beach. Find your personal restoration in a serving of Groundswell IPA, Chinook Redd Ale, Lighthouse Session Pale Ale or McCullough Mocha Stout.
Bandon Brewing Company & Pizzeria, Bandon
Pizza and beer: is it the reason we have two hands? Located near the Coquille River, at the entrance to Old Town Bandon, the brewery and pizzeria combines wood-fired pizzas with Northwest favorite styles such as Sand Circles Pale Ale, One-Eyed Jack IPA or a Wagon Wheel Road Porter.
Arch Rock Brewing Co., Gold Beach
As you go farther south down the Oregon Coast, it might seem like the weather gets wetter but the beer dries up. That’s not the case though. Located at the next-to-last bend before the Rogue River meets the Pacific, Arch Rock Brewing opened in 2013 in a former cabinet shop. From a 15-barrel brewhouse, Arch Rock puts out three beers: Gold Beach Lager, Pistol River Pale and the award-winning State of Jefferson Porter.
Chetco Brewing Company, Brookings
Small-town brewing, world-class beer: Oregon’s last brewery before the California line offers 16 taps pouring all-vegan beers. The dog-friendly brewery views itself as a community space, where people can gather over a pint of Willa Nelson IPA, Evacuation Ale, Raymond’s Fathead Red or Chloe Brown Ale.