Beer! With a Hint of Mead and Cider

2Towns seating room

Classes are done and the days are long, which can only mean one thing: time to get out and explore all the best craft beverages Corvallis has to offer. Our small burg boasts many fine breweries, no matter your tastes — so grab a pint, and tell ‘em The Advocate sent ya.  

Block 15
300 SW Jefferson Ave (pub) & 3415 SW Deschutes St (taproom), Corvallis

Founded in 2008, Block 15 is a Corvallis staple. With two locations — a restaurant/pub downtown and a taproom in South Corvallis — you’re never far from refreshment. Summer seasonal IPAs include Fresh Flow and Red, White & Boom!, as well as the Summer Knights kolsch, the signature brew of the Corvallis Knights. Visitors of the South Corvallis taproom can enjoy a fireside view of Mary’s Peak in the outside seating area, just feet away from where their favorite beers are brewed.

Restaurant Hours: Sun-Thu: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Tap Room Hours: Sun-Thu: 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sky High
160 NW Jackson Ave, Corvallis

Another Corvallis holdfast, Sky High offers a range of beers expertly brewed by brewmaster Laurence Livingston. Find a variety of ales, pilsners, porters, and hefeweizens, in addition to fine cocktails and a great food menu. Guests can enjoy a game of cornhole or take in views on the rooftop seating area; The view of Corvallis at sunset, with a cold drink in your hand, is pretty tough to beat!

Hours: Sun-Wed: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Thu-Sat: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Flat Tail
202 SW 1st St, Corvallis

When brewmaster and co-owner Dave Marliave started brewing at Flat Tail in 2010, he envisioned beer that was high quality, accessible, and fun. Patrons can sit outside and sip on seasonal release El Guapo, a summer ale fermented with cucumbers, habanero peppers, and lime, available through July. In August, Mustache Rye’d Red is set to round out the season with a great balance of malts and hops. 

Hours: Sun: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Mon-Thu: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.

2 Towns
33930 SE Eastgate Cir, Corvallis

It’s not beer, but Corvallis loves this cidery so much that it had to make the list. Owners Lee Larsen, Aaron Sarnoff-Wood, and Dave Takush have been running 2 Towns, Oregon’s largest craft cider operation, since 2010. With a taproom located off Highway 34, their cider is worth the trip. Sip on some Cot in the Act apricot cider or Easy Peasy lemon raspberry cider while watching the game on their newly installed projector screen. Pro tip: the tap room is currently serving cider slushies made with Cherried Away cider that will make all your boozy, slushy dreams come true.

Hours:  Sun-Wed: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Thu-Sat: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.

33930 SE Eastgate Cir, Corvallis

While you’re out on Highway 34, stop by 2Towns’ neighbor, Mazama Brewing. Family-owned and operated, Mazama offers a wide range of Belgian and German Styles, with a few from the Northwest to keep all you hop lovers happy. Jeff and Kathy Tobin Started Mazama in 2013. Their first employee Ryan McVay, then a student of the OSU Fermentation Science program, became their brewmaster after spending a year in Germany, refining his craft. Mazama continues collaborating with the program, developing the next generation of brewers by hiring interns and helping with beer creations. Upcoming offerings include tart beers Rasplend​e​nt and Paradise, which will refresh the hell out of you without being overly sour. Oktoberfest will usher in the last days of summer as it arrives in August.

Hours: Wed-Thu: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Fri: 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Sat: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Nectar Creek
500 Main St, Philomath

Another stretch from beer-dom, Nectar Creek blazes its own trail by being the top mead producer on the west coast. If you are new to the world of mead, ease your mind — this is session mead, meaning it’s carbonated and less than 10 percent alcohol. Brothers Phillip and Nick Lorenz brought their lifelong dream of starting a business together to fruition in 2012. Now they work with brewmaster Chris Orr to provide a steady taplist of refreshing varieties plus rotating releases like newly introduced Nectarade, a lemon-lime session mead. Grab some delicious food next time you visit their buzzy hive-away in Philomath.  

Hours: Sun-Wed: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Thu-Sat: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Oregon Trail Brewery
341 SW 2nd St, Corvallis

Oregon Trail is the OG of Corvallis breweries. Started in 1987 by Jerry Shadomy, the brewery hit the rocks in the early ‘90s when it nearly shut down. It was revived in ‘93 by Dave Willis and Jerry Bockmore, who managed to even bring home some medals from the Great American Beer Festival for their Brown Ale. The Oregon Trail Brewery has called the Old World Deli home since its early days, where it remains today. Stop in to grab one of the best sandwiches in town, and choose from a variety of ales and German-style beers.

Hours: Mon-Fri: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Deluxe Brewing
635 NE Walter Ave, Albany

If you ever find yourself by the river in Albany, stop by Deluxe Brewing for a pint surrounded by 40s décor. Play some ping pong or shuffleboard, and check out Eric and Jamie Howard’s brewing operation, started in 2013. In addition to their five flagship beers, Deluxe currently offers 9-Juan-Juan, a Mexican Lager that will quench your thirst on a hot summer day. Their Wild Beaver Amber Lager or Diabolic IPA come in cans to go, so the party can continue in the comfort of home.

Hours: Sun: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Mon-Fri: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

140 NE Hill St, Albany

Calapooia has been serving up fresh beer in Albany since 2006. Their lineup includes several mainstay ales and stouts, and even a chili beer. This summer, Calapooia features Yeti Blackberry Wheat and Fresh Hop Rye ales. Pair any beverage with one of their tasty burgers, and settle in for some live music most Thursdays through Saturdays throughout summer, or a blues jam at 4 p.m. every Sunday.

Hours: Sun-Wed: 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Thu: 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Now get out there, and enjoy some of the best craft brew in the region — responsibly!

By Erica Johnson