Introducing Sky High Brewery and Pub: the newest microbrew to grace downtown Corvallis, owned and operated by American Dream Pizza trio Scott McFarland, Brian Bovee, and Mark O’Brien. With the delivery of a 10-barrel system this past Wednesday, including four unitank fermenters, five bright beer tanks, a brewhouse tank and a combi-tank, the countdown begins to the first batch of craft Sky High Brewery beer.
The new brew pub, located on Jefferson Ave between 1st and 2nd Streets, will boast five classic varieties to start, including an IPA, Porter, Pale Ale, Wheat, and Amber – but there will be 12 taps, which means seven seasonal and rotating varieties. Brewmaster Laurence Livingston hopes to introduce a German lager, a triple IPA, and tasty brews flavored with pumpkin and local fruits. Corvallis should count itself lucky to include Livingston, a professional brewer since 1994, within its microbrew ranks. Founder of Alaska’s first brew pub and several subsequent Alaskan brew pubs, Livingston’s brewing experience has taken him as far as Hawaii, where he did a tropical brewing sabbatical. His Ring of Fire Meadery, opened in 2004, is also a first for Alaska and has won more gold medals than any other meadery in the world. Livingston’s wife, Rachel, is currently the general manager at Ring of Fire and will be joining him here with their family in August.
The brew pub itself is destined to be a stunner. The majestic redwood removed from the property of the South First Alternative Co-op this past April will be immortalized in the structure of Sky High Brewery – stunning beams hewn from the tree fortify the first floor brewery and second floor tasting room. The brewery’s name is cleverly derived from the location of the pub itself, which is currently being constructed to include a roof-top garden above the original building. With the founding of Sky High Brewery, Corvallis residents will have access to four unique microbreweries within four downtown blocks. “It’s a really vibrant downtown, and I think we’re adding a lot to it,” says Livingston.
Craft beer lovers will be able to taste Sky High Brewery beers at the brew pub itself, both Corvallis American Dream Pizza locations, Crow Bar, and the new Crow’s Nest. “We just want to integrate ourselves into the Corvallis community and make world class beers,” adds McFarland, “and have a lot of fun.” While McFarland’s plans for the brewery are currently geared toward Corvallis and the local area, he acknowledges with enthusiasm that anything can happen. “The sky’s the limit!”
By Genevieve Weber