The numbers don’t lie: Beer is an Oregon thing. There are nearly 250 brewing facilities operated by almost 200 brewing companies in the state, according to oregoncraftbeer.org. A glorious 42 of those brewing companies are located in the Willamette Valley.
And most Oregonians appreciate great beer and the efforts that are taken by the state’s brewing facilities to make sure what ends up in your pint glass or snifter is a quality product.
Here in Corvallis, we like our IPAs, amber and farmhouse ales, heady stouts, and everything in between. If you’re looking for your next stop to sip, check out our handy list of local brewing facilities. Yes, that includes a lil cider and honey wine, too.
Block 15 – From the Print Master’s Pale Ale to many a hoppy IPA, Block 15 knows how to brew good beer. Visit the downtown pub along SW Jefferson Street or take a trip to South Corvallis to check out Block 15’s production brewery and tap room, which opened late last summer. Both locations serve food, but the downtown pub has a bigger menu. Don’t forget to take home a Crowler. Don’t know what that is? It’s a hip 32 ounce you can get filled with your fave beer over at the tasting room. The Beer Gods are rejoicing.
Sky High Brewing – For great views and great brews, visit Sky High, located at 160 NW Jackson Avenue. You’ve probably witnessed the keg bike riding around town or enjoyed a summer night on the rooftop or outdoor patio overlooking the city. Beer-wise, Sky High offers up longtime favorites, like the Bohemian Pils, and seasonal specialties, like the Mountainous Stout and Handlebeer Wheat Ale, in their revolving rotation of local beers.
Flat Tail Brewing – If you’re looking for variety, check out Flat Tail Brewing along the Corvallis Riverfront at 202 SW 1st Street. The beer menu is lengthy. You can find something that’s a favorite style of beer, like the Rough Cut IPA, or branch out and try a new brew, like the El Guapo, which is an eclectic summer ale fermented with fresh cucumbers, habanero peppers, and limes. Flat Tail also features an extensive pub-style menu.
Mazama Brewing – Mazama is small, but this Corvallis-based brewery is creating plenty of unique and tasty beers. The tasting room, located at 33930 SE Eastgate Circle off of Highway 34, is open regular hours throughout the week and a taster flight might be the way for people to go if they’re hoping to get to know this local brewery a little better. Try the Saison d’Etre, a spicy saison/farmhouse ale, if it’s available, or another one of Mazama’s Belgium-style brews.
Oregon Trail Ales – Any respectable Corvallis citizen has ordered an Oregon Trail Ales beer to enjoy alongside their sandwich at Old World Deli. The two go together like peas and carrots. This veteran Corvallis brewery has been around since 1987. Make your next pour a Ginseng Porter, or perhaps a Beavers Tail is more your style if you’re craving a lighter ale. Oregon Trail Brewery and the deli are located at 341 SW 2nd Street.
2 Towns Ciderhouse – Your day is pretty much guaranteed to get better once you’ve had a few sips (or gulps) of an OutCider or a Hop & Stalk. Started in 2010, 2 Towns is a beloved craft cider producer right here in Corvallis. Their ciders are a nice break from the many microbrews filling the local waterholes. Check out the Tap Room, located off Highway 34, where you can order pints of cider, small bites, and taster flights of some “Damn Fine Cider.”
Calapooia Brewing Co. – If you make the drive over to Albany, don’t pass up a visit to Calapooia. The brewery has a long list of beers to choose from, a variety of sizes for your pours, and pub-style food and live music to add to the mix. If you dig spice, try Calapooia’s unique Chili Beer, which is flavored with a trio of peppers. If you’re more of a traditionalist, try the ‘Pooya Porter or SantiAmber Ale. Calapooia is located at 140 NE Hill Street in Albany.
Deluxe Brewing Co. – Together, Deluxe Brewing Co. and Sinister Distillery make up the first “brewstillery” in Albany. The brewstillery is located along the Willamette River at 635 NE Water Avenue, Suites B and D. Deluxe has a delightful lineup of beers, featuring everything from pilsners and lagers to dunkels to other sweet and dark numbers. If you’re over on the other side of the river, this unique location is worth a stop.
Insider tip: Grab a copy of the Mid-Valley Sip Trip brochure from one of the local breweries in Corvallis or Albany. The Sip Trip brochure features directions, addresses, and a helpful map for your next beer-drinking journey. Cheers!
By Abbie Tumbleson