Oregon is known for its beautiful coastline and epic craft brew scene (among other things). Why not get the best of both worlds during your next trip to the coast? Here's a roundup of 8 great breweries to try.Less
Dating back to 2007, Fort George offers a wide assortment of excellent beers out of a converted 1920s auto garage. Enticing locals and visitors with strong pours of hazy IPAs and award-winning ales, the vibe at this Oregon coast brewery is hard to beat. Thankfully, there's plenty of outdoor and indoor seating, so your chances of snagging a table are favorable, swing by to kick off a great day exploring Astoria.
Established in 2014, avid fans of sour ales should not miss an opportunity to visit de Garde Brewing. This is one of a few breweries in the world that uses a coolship method to make beer. A coolship is a flat, open top vessel used for cooling wort (liquid extracted from mashing). As such, additives are not introduced during the process & the beers are made with natural-forming wild yeasts from the coastal air. de Garde consistently rakes in prestigious awards for their creative concoctions.
There's no denying that Pelican Brewing is a staple for great beer at the Oregon coast. Clearly I'm not the only one that thinks so, As of 2023, they have four top-notch breweries at the coast. The original location opened in Pacific City in 1996 and still draws a crowd today. The extensive tap list is well organized by beer style and can satisfy most any palate, but ordering the Hazestack (hazy IPA) is non-negotiable in my book.
Forged in true Pacific Northwest fashion, Reach Break Brewing is a story of grit, passion and great beer. What originally started on a kitchen stove top turned into a full fledged Oregon coast brewery by spring of 2017. The business model is centered around producing quality small batch beers over meeting corporate productions schedules. And it shows. These beers are top notch and the relaxed setting is equally enjoyable.
Serving Oregonians since 1988, Rogue has amassed an impressive reputation and more than 2,000 awards in the past 30+ years. Their commitment to experimentation has turned many locals into life-long customers, with a rotating menu of exciting seasonals keeping everyone on their toes. Guests enter the pub through a little maze, which leads to a host. From there, head upstairs to the pub. Local's Tip: Swing by the cool merchandise shop for souvenirs and canned beer.
Opening to the public on Valentine's Day in 2014, Buoy Beer Company specialized in lagers but has racked up awards left and right for many styles of beer. The Czech Pilsner and IPA seem to steal the show, but don't sleep on creative limited releases either. Great beer aside, the pub fare churning out of the kitchen is worth the drive alone. The German-inspired pretzel with cheese is a must-order while looking over the extensive beer menu.
Opened in August 2019, Newport Brewing Company is one of the new kids on the block, but the fanfare is nothing short of inspiring. The success can be attributed to a mix between the custom built Portland Kettle Works Brew System and expert brew masters. The flagship brew to try is the Dungeness IPA, although the Hazy Crazy DIPA deserves a proper shoutout. Offering a full-service restaurant as well, there's a dog friendly patio for those that believe beer tastes better with fido around.
Werner Brewing Company was recently ranked as one of the fastest growing breweries in the country by Forbes, which means this brewery deserves some attention. Offering a full-service restaurant and brewery, travelers use Werner as a necessary stop to refuel on energy while exploring the coast. Being part brewery, part restaurant has its perks, especially when you excel in both departments (and thankfully Werner Brewing Company does just that).