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Lets hear it for a small town brewery!

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by Reidrover, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (2,773) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon

    Was at the Oregon Coast today and went to Yachats Brewing .
    Have to say it was one of the best experiences I have had in Oregon in a brew pub.
    Beers good, service excellent and friendly and the food is to die for.
    Most of the food is locally sourced and instead of beers on the chalk board they have "Todays farms" on it.
    I am happy to say i am camping in this area this summer.
    Fantastic..their fermented food plate is another novel concept.
    If your in the area go there..you will not be disappointed.

    Any other small town places that need mentioning?
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  2. 66jzmstr

    66jzmstr Devotee (411) Jul 17, 2005 Washington
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    Doesn't roll off the tongue a la "cave troll," but oh well.

    I had never heard of "Yachats" until the crowler list, and honestly, I initially just thought it was someone who couldn't spell "yachts" correctly. Glad to hear they're good peoples, and when I get around to the road trip down the coast, more than their kooky name will now keep them in mind.
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  3. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (2,773) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon

    Yes how could i forget the crowler since i got two!
  4. mudbug

    mudbug Defender (601) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon

    When I saw the title of this I was going to mention Yachats. Glad you had a good time!
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  5. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (2,773) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon

    Yup and i think they caught on i was in between 2:30 and 4 in the afternoon..not traditionaly a busy time..place was packed
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  6. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,004) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    My parents have been to Yachats Brewing before and really enjoyed their time there.
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  7. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,633) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Can't wait to stop in, next time we're on the coast.

    There was a time when I was trying to hit some of the new, smaller breweries/brewpubs in the area when I lived in Eugene, but after a couple of day trips to Coos Bay and Cottage Grove (to visit Hard Knocks and 7 Devils), I sort of last interest. It seems like for every Yachats Brewing, there's a half dozen lackluster places like 7 Devils (mediocre food and mediocre beer) and Hard Knocks (some decent beer selections, but incredibly greasy pub grub). I had read about several new breweries down Roseburg that I was considering visiting, but after Hard Knocks and 7 Devils, I just couldn't muster any enthusiasm for it (especially after trying some of the beers from Old 99 and Two Shy around town in Eugene).

    Anyway, glad to hear about Yachats... looking forward to a visit in the not too distant future.
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  8. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (2,773) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon

    If you visit and order a sandwich.i can almost guarantee you will be taking half to go.
    They were tasty and enormous!
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  9. sharpski

    sharpski Champion (850) Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    I can see Yachat's saisons and mixed-culture stuff putting them on a similar trajectory to de Garde. They are the real deal.
  10. dphi

    dphi Initiate (158) Apr 14, 2013 Oregon

    For Coos Bay, 7 Devils is a pretty welcome addition from talking to friends there. I went once, and it wasn't bad. Stellar, even, compared to other "brew pubs" I've been to on the coast. Too many coastal restaurants/pubs/hotels mail it in due to the lack of competition so I can respect a place that at least tries.
  11. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (2,657) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    Small towns with great breweries. Hmm. I guess it all depends on what you consider small. Paradise Creek makes some pretty good beers, and if you subtract WSU's student population (most of which couldn't give two shits about craft beer), Pullman is practically a ghost town. Post Falls, Idaho is pretty small when compared to the Seattle and Portland areas, but has two worthy breweries in Selkirk Abbey and Post Falls Brewing (I'm guilty of not getting to the latter nearly enough; the former I can't pass up whenever I'm in Idaho). Everyone thinks the Tri-Cities are small, even though if they consolidated they'd be bigger than Tacoma, and both White Bluffs and Ice Harbor are great places to stop by when there.
  12. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,776) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    I nominate Deming WA. Also, Blaine WA, even though Atwood doesn't have a tasting room.
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  13. mudbug

    mudbug Defender (601) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon

    Nominate Tillamook
    If you subtract the cows and clams there is nobody there except DeGaurd
  14. vurt

    vurt Crusader (749) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon

    Not quite. Pelican has a production brewery and restaurant in Tillamook, and I would hardly call them "nobody".
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  15. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,776) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    If I weren't in a chill mood (and, on my phone) at the moment, I would disagree with your disagreementness. But, alas, I am, so, carry on Garth!
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  16. mudbug

    mudbug Defender (601) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon

    Yep, you are right, damn thats a crowded town!
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  17. RedMedicine

    RedMedicine Aspirant (237) Jun 3, 2005 Oregon
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    For small town breweries, I'm partial to Brewers Union Local 180 in Oakridge OR.
  18. NWer

    NWer Crusader (713) Mar 10, 2009 Washington
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    My shout out is for Stickmen in Tualitin or Lake Oswego. Good beer is definitely migrating out to the 'burbs
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  19. JouerAvecLeFeu

    JouerAvecLeFeu Devotee (471) Apr 17, 2015 Washington

    Does Hood River count as a small town? If so, Logsdon and pFreim would be my two favorite small town breweries.

    Agrarian in Coburg, OR is worth checking out - if you can find it. I stopped in right as they were closing, so I didn't get to try their food. Walking Man in Stevenson, WA and Everybody's in White Salmon, WA are both good and have solid menus.

    There's a two breweries that I've been wanting to investigate: Plough Monday in Veneta, OR (their Brown Ale and Imperial Stout are damn fine) and Wolf Tree, OR outside of Seal Rock (who specialize in beers made from spruce tips). Also, I haven't made it to Port Townsend, WA since Propolis opened their taproom, but I hope to make it up there eventually.
    #19 JouerAvecLeFeu, Mar 21, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2017
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  20. JouerAvecLeFeu

    JouerAvecLeFeu Devotee (471) Apr 17, 2015 Washington

    Oh... One more. Just discovered 7 Seas out of Gig Harbor, WA. The bottle shop here in Da 'Couve started carrying their stuff.
  21. vurt

    vurt Crusader (749) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon

    The spectacular view of Hood from their patio is worth a stop all by itself.
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  22. honkduh

    honkduh Aspirant (263) Jun 2, 2011 Oregon
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    Solera in Parkdale.
  23. itracy63

    itracy63 Devotee (440) Apr 20, 2013 Washington
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    Gakona Brewing Co., Gakona, Alaska, population 218
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  24. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,633) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    I like their beer as well, and would add that there's now a taproom in Tacoma as well (so you no longer have to pay the damn stupid Narrow's Bridge toll to visit the taproom in Gig Harbor).

    Have been a Rude Parrot fan for years! (especially good on tap I would add).
  25. Babbo

    Babbo Initiate (138) Mar 13, 2014 Washington

    Several solid choices in Eastern Washington (then again, we're all small towns to you West Siders), Republic Brewing does a particularly good job - Big Mischief Porter is well worth checking out.
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  26. dphi

    dphi Initiate (158) Apr 14, 2013 Oregon

    I tried an 8-beer sampler at 7 Seas and maybe got one good one? Definitely was not impressed, which sucks since my parents live up there and we visit often. There's also a Gig Harbor Brewing, which is actually in Tacoma. Only went there once to grab their BA RIS which wasn't bad. Haven't been to Wet Coast yet, usually just try the Local Boys tap room if I'm going out for beers up there.
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  27. vurt

    vurt Crusader (749) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon

    Barley Brown's in Baker City.

    My wife and I periodically head out to Boise to visit family, and we do our best to make sure Barley Brown's is open by the time we hit Baker City.

    I mean, sure, we all know about Barley Brown's. But Baker City is a very small town. And it's Barley Browns.
  28. VashonGuy

    VashonGuy Champion (877) Mar 7, 2013 Washington
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    We go through Baker City on our way to/from Colorado a couple of times a year. And somehow, it can be tricky to time the trip so we're in Baker City at the right time. But it's worth it for Barley Brown's. Pretty decent history museum in Baker City too, by the way.

    And, not quite a thread derail, but close: If we hit Boise at the right time, I like the taplist at the Bittercreek Alehouse quite a bit. Like Barley Brown's, it's worth a bit of adjustment in the schedule.
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  29. Texwild

    Texwild Initiate (179) May 1, 2008 Washington
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    Denali Brewing in Talkeetna, Alaska takes the cake for me...gorgeous place but harsh brewing conditions and these guys make good beer and are super cool to boot. The real deal.

    Don't forget Skookum
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  30. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (2,773) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon

    Thanks guys..i just didn't start this thread because Yachats but for all the smaller places that never have there own thread on here.
    I think we are so saturated with great places here..brewers that would be phenomenal in some states are just forgotten in the PNW.
    Suport your small town brewer..even if they are not great maybe you input can help!
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  31. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (2,773) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon

    I love all the darker , maltier beers Plough Monday does..I am hoping they have tasting room by this summer..as its right on my way to Florence and the Dunes,
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  32. itracy63

    itracy63 Devotee (440) Apr 20, 2013 Washington
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    Denali is great, always made at least one trip out to Talkeetna every year when I lived in Anchorage.

    In reality, the majority of breweries in Alaska are small town breweries, and with a couple of exceptions, brew great beer.
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  33. vurt

    vurt Crusader (749) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon

    My wife went to school with one of the managers of Bittercreek. I've only been there once, but I remember the taplist was really impressive, and I look forward to going back.
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  34. RedMedicine

    RedMedicine Aspirant (237) Jun 3, 2005 Oregon
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    Also how about Prodigal Son in Pendleton, OR
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  35. vurt

    vurt Crusader (749) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon

    Isn't Red Peak in a really small town? Doesn't even show up on most maps?
  36. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,776) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    Well, it's near a really small town, not really in it.
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  37. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (152) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    Anybody had Red Peak lately? My brother lives in Wapito and said they have been crushing as of late.
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  38. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (2,773) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon

    Reviiving the thread..was down at Yachats again and they had the most fabulous Flanders Red/sour tonight, Puncheon Pie..very very good.
    Also visited Wolf Trees new tap room in South Beach...also very good stuff.
    Black Squid taphouse in Lincoln City is a very welcome change in this horrible collection of smut and tat..loads of great bottles at a very reasonable price...and great inside to just hang out
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