We all know Corvallis is a great place for beer drinkers, but you’re still probably wondering, “What exciting new booze and brews do I need to try in celebration of the Fall season?” It’s a great question, and you’re going to love the answer! Corvallis is absolutely popping off with seasonal brews and new releases. Refer to this guide for craft beers, ciders, and meads before Winter sneaks up on us.
Block 15 Brewing: Various Locations
Block 15 doesn’t mess around with their Fall menu. Folks who want a classic autumnal beer experience should try the seasonal Pumpkin Pie ale, which features a sweet pumpkin flavor without overwhelming the senses. Other releases include spooky-themed pale and dubbel ales as well as a dark chocolate milk stout they call the “Scrumdiddlyumptious.” Visit their downtown location for either of their two daily happy hours. Pints at Block 15 generally run from $4.75 to $6.00, keeping it from being a bank buster.
Flat Tail Brewing: 202 SW 1st St
In addition to their two seasonal beers—The Mustache Rye’d Red, available through October, and the hearty 6am Stout, available come November—Flat Tail has a seasonal cocktail menu with some exciting options that incorporate apple, cinnamon, and other fun fall flavors. Seasonal cocktails come at the affordable price of $7.95. This place has a great local feel and serves as a prime destination for game days.
2 Towns Ciderhouse: 33930 SE Eastgate Circle
This year, everyone’s favorite local ciderhouse is offering a number of different seasonal brews. In the spirit of Halloween, they’ve got a must-have limited edition imperial pumpkin cider called “Hollow Jack’d.” Flavored with sweet potatoes and local spices, it’s guaranteed to spook your taste buds. Goes great with super cheap appetizers – the taproom has kettle chips for just one dollar!
Sky High Brewing and Pub: 160 NW Jackson Ave
In a multilevel building with a sunset view, this local brewery is aptly named. Sky High offers a long list of pub fare, including pizza, burgers, sandwiches, and tacos. Their happy hour menu has some sweet deals; folks can choose from a number of small plates between $4 and $7. Their seasonal beers include a fresh hop ale made with the first hops of the season in addition to the Stratomarven fest bier, a lager with an amber body and a caramel malt flavor.
McMenamins Corvallis Pub: Various Locations
A true Oregon staple, McMenamins has one of the most extensive tap lists you’ll find in town. Visit the Corvallis location to enjoy some delicious pub fare and sip on some classic local brews. Check out their happy hour menu for small plates between $3.75 and $7.00. Their October staple is the Black Widow Porter, a dark and delicious must-have for the fall. Available through Halloween, this porter features deep autumnal flavors like caramel and licorice. They’ve also got a 2018 Oktoberfest lager, and who doesn’t love a good German brew?
Corvallis Brewing Supply: 119 SW 4th St
Fall means changes in foliage and weather, but most importantly it means pumpkin beer and fresh hops. Corvallis Brewery Supply carries reasonably priced home brewing and fermenting equipment as well as ready-to-drink booze and brews. Right now they have at least a dozen different pumpkin beers as well as a number of fresh hop ales from all over Washington and Oregon.
Nectar Creek: 500 Main St, Philomath
If you’re looking for mead, there’s no better place to go than Nectar Creek. Located in Philomath, Nectar Creek has a full taproom with house-made meads as well as guest beers and ciders. Their food menu includes locally sourced foods at a low price; entrees fall between $8 and $12. Seasonal meads include the Nectarade, which features strong lemon and lime flavors, and the Fresh Honeycone, which is new to the menu as of 2018 and incorporates local hops.
By Maria DeHart