The Craft Beer Evolution on the North Oregon Coast

By Cheri Brubaker | Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Beer has evolved. Along the way North Coast craft breweries have become important fixtures in the community, hosting and sponsoring events that bring people together. Oftentimes, these family-friendly, outdoor activities take advantage of the Oregon Coast's incomparable beauty.

This weekend you can hike and explore Willapa National Wildlife Refuge on the Long Beach Peninsula with the North Jetty Brewing's Brews & Views Summer Hike Series on Sunday, July 28. 


Photo credits to Seaside Brewery

The music and the food are cool, but the star of the show – the reason we go  is the beer. Make that beers (plural): a rich, dark stout, a refreshing pale ale or maybe a hefeweizen. How about an amber ale in the afternoon following a hike in the forest or a walk on the beach. If you're new to craft beers, don't be intimidated by the wide variety available at these north coast breweries. Knowledgeable, helpful staff in the inviting brewpubs will help you discover your favorite brew. 

Seaside Brewing Company has Marionberry Hefe on tap, reason enough to head over there right now! (I love berry yeast beers.) Housed in the Old City Jail, they're known for delicious pairings of food and beer. In fact they even serve breakfast!

Public Coast Brewing Co.'s name celebrates the fact that all of Oregon's beaches are public, not privately owned. They offer five different pale ales and currently have two berry beers on tap! See their complete tap list here.

Photo credits to Pelican Brewing Company

It's hard to beat a cold beer on the beach. The Pacific Northwest's only beachfront brewpub, Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City, offers an unparalleled craft beer experience. Enjoy the view of Haystack Rock as you watch the sun go down, or take a brewery tour. Discover more about Pelican Brewing Company's other locations in Tillamook and Cannon Beach and their signature beer "born at the beach." 

Fort George Brewery & Public House is popular for hosting events that appeal to the whole family. This week is no exception with Troll Radio Revue sponsored by Coast Community Radio KMUN 91.9 on July 27th at Fort George in Astoria. This fun, live music event is in its 20th year, and happens from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. every last Saturday of the month. Following your Sunday hike with North Jetty Brewing, experience the sound of Hillfolk Noir's performance at Fort George Brewery at 7 p.m. They call it Junkerdash, and you can learn more about this unique genre of music here

Troll Radio Revue, photo credits to Fort George Brewery

In the tradition of giving back to the community, Fort George Brewery hosts Benefit Night, a fundraiser for local nonprofit organizations, on the last Tuesday of the month. You can support MOMS Club of Astoria with your purchase of a delicious, wood-fired pizza on July 30.

Whether craft beer or 14-year-old scotch, drink responsibly, of course. If you'd like to stay overnight, you'll find a number of accommodations in our North Oregon Coast Hotels guide. Drive safely, and have fun!

About the Author Cheri Brubaker
Cheri Brubaker is a writer living on the Oregon Coast. She enjoys sharing her favorite places to dine, hike, shop and explore this beautiful, rugged place she is so fortunate to call home. Join Cheri as she guides you along Oregon's spectacular North Coast.