Outstanding drinking establishments are a dime a dozen in Portland, but Oregon Coast breweries and other craft beverage producers are giving locals and newcomers an experience for the memory books. That means you can get delicious brews, ciders, or spirits in a beautiful setting without the crowds.
These establishments can be found from one end of Highway 101 to another, starting in Gold Beach and ending in seafaring Astoria. Why not treat yourself and take a designated driver to enjoy the trail?
Tour #1 Gold Beach to Coos Bay
Arch Rock Brewing Company: Gold Beach, OR
Arch Rock opened its doors in 2013, and ever since, owners Larry and Marjie haven’t looked back. Today, the Oregon coast brewery has turned into a 15 barrel brewhouse and is a self-distributing establishment. These brews can be purchased all along the coast, but why not try the product from the source?
Stop by to try out the German-style Gold Beach lager, the Northwest style Pistol River Pale, or for those who prefer a heartier taste, the award-winning State of Jefferson porter. Really, there’s no going wrong here. city map
Hours: Monday – Friday, 11 AM – 6 PM; Saturdays, 11 AM – 5 PM
Bandon Rain: Bandon, OR
Bandon Rain started as an idea and has since turned into a family affair. After many nights of experimenting with flavors and fruit pairings, Bandon Rain now features 15 taps of hand-crafted ciders that range from a Cranberry Apple Squall to a Coast Asian Pear.
The taproom is open for indoor and outdoor seating and welcome outdoor food to enjoy. Bandon Rain is a semi-new establishment that opened in 2020. Currently, owners Gary and Karen Gant are working towards a new production facility located on-site. city map
Hours: Monday – Thursday, Noon – 6 PM; Fridays & Saturdays, Noon – 8 PM; Sundays, Noon – 5 PM
Stillwagon Distillery: Charleston, OR
Rick Stillwagon got into the rum distilling business by accident. He’s always been a tinker, he says, and one of the things he played around with as a young man was purifying water and creating ethanol through distillation. Many years later, on the hunt for a business venture that looked like it could be profitable, he decided to look into the spirit business. “I walked into a liquor store one day to see what I could get into that wasn’t too competitive,” he says. The vodka and whiskey shelves were full. The rum shelf, on the other hand, was fairly empty. That’s where Stillwagon (who didn’t change his name when he started the business, by the way) decided to focus.
The Charleston location produces 10 rums under the name “Devil’s Own.” Most are infused and the ingredients may or may not sound familiar to enthusiasts. There’s a fruity pineapple rum and a spiced variety that’s rich in ginger and cinnamon. But there’s also a mocha rum that’s outstanding in coffee. Locally-grown Bandon cranberries play a starring role in their similarly named spirit. city map
Hours: By appointment
7 Devils Waterfront Ale House: Coos Bay, OR
7 Devils is a family-owned business that strives to support small businesses whenever they can. They are socially, ethically, and environmentally responsible and have created a space where people can feel at home. Owners Annie Pollard and Carmen Matthews didn’t set out to become another brew and food spot; their goal is to provide acceptable wages to creative minds that want to be a part of the 7 Devils family.
7 Devils locally sources its ale ingredients, which can be enjoyed in-house or by the bottle. Like the ale, their pub menu stems from local farm products, and features dishes such as local Coos Bay oysters, Fried Albacore Tuna, or a healthy Spring Bliss Bowl that features sautéed asparagus and snap peas topped off with lemon-mint yogurt and pine nuts. city map
Hours: Mondays, 11 AM – 9 PM; Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11 AM – 9 PM; Fridays & Saturdays, 11 AM – 10 PM
Tour #2 Yachats to Pacific City
Yachats Brewing Company and Farmstore: Yachats, OR
With a 2020 Trip Advisors Travelers Choice Award under their belt, Yachats Brewing Company and Farmstore is a not-to-be-missed stop on your coastal travels. Fashioned from a former bank building by owners Nathan and Cicely Bernard, it boasts a 7-barrel brewhouse and restaurant farmhouse with 30 taps. Customers can choose from more than 15-20 handcrafted award-winning house beers and meads, and house-made probiotic beverages, such as Kombucha, Jun, and Kefir soda.
Their notable menu reveals the vibrant color, texture and flavor of locally grown produce, pasture-raised meats, and their popular house fermented vegetables.
Their commitment to environmental stewardship is widely known on the Oregon coast, through the use of renewable energy and other systems, including biodiesel power, passive solar and thermal mass design, heat recovery, 100% food waste composting, wind turbine generator and spent brewing grain sent to ranches for livestock feed. city map
Wolf Tree Brewery: Seal Rock, OR
Wolf Tree Brewery is located on a cattle ranch along the Oregon Coast. The brewery produces ales that are characteristic of the ranch and the coastal area. The beer selection is brewed with locally sourced and harvested natural spring water. Wolf Tree considers their beer to be some of the most unique in the state, so it’s a great spot to start the tour.
Their food menu is just as impressive with dishes like Pork Belly and Cheddar sandwiches, complete with pico Puerco. To start, they offer beer mussels steamed in Wolf Tree Saison or a spread of beer queso and chips. city map
Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 3-9 PM; Saturday-Sunday, Noon-9PM
Newport Brewing Company: Newport, OR
Newport is a stunning area to visit and what’s even better is that they have an excellent brewery to back it up. Their hand-crafted beers are inspired by the coastal environment and are named after some of the sea life that can be found nearby. For example, the Dungeness IPA is a tribute to the area’s fishermen, as Newport is considered “The Dungeness Capital of the World.” Their other brews range from stouts, pale ales, and lagers to assure anyone can find what they like.
Menu items like Cajun Calamari starters, Deck Hand Fish Sandwich, and a lighter Grilled Southwest Chicken Salad are perfect beer partners. Newport has the brews and the eats to satisfy just about anyone. city map
Hours: Thursday – Sunday, Noon to 7 PM
Rusty Truck Brewing: Lincoln City, OR
Rusty Truck Brewing is an Oregon coast brewery that has the best drink and eats combos around. Nestled in the heart of Lincoln City, the brewery has a core group of beers on tap and a rotation of ales. The Strawberry Wheat has over 220 lbs of Oregon-grown strawberries, so you know you’ll be having a sweet treat. For the IPA drinkers, there are several on tap that range in flavor and include citrus, tangerine, and melon flavors.
For eats, check out the Hot Crab cheese dip or the Pacific clam chowder bowl for starters, and for the main course, try the Deep Sea combo, which includes jumbo shrimp, Halibut, and a side of golden waffle fries. Rusty Truck Brewing is a good ole’ fashion establishment with hearty food and delicious beers to wash it down. city map
Hours: Thursday & Friday, Noon – 9 PM, Saturday & Sunday, 11 AM – 9 PM
Twist Wine Company: Pacific City, OR
After years of experience in the wine industry, Chenin and Sean Carlton developed Twist Wine Company in 2006. Since then, they’ve strived to create and maintain a low-stress environment with a high-impact selection of wines. They work with local vineyards to create the perfect wines that range from tribute labels such as Shy Chenin Chenin Blanc and their very own label called Reversal, which has three reserve level wines: Reversal Pinot Noir, Reversal Syrah, and Double Reversal Syrah.
The Carlton’s Reversal label represents everything they’ve ever wanted to accomplish in the wine biz, and their focus is purely on the wine’s quality, not quantity. city map
Hours: Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11 AM – 7 PM, Fridays & Saturdays, 11 AM – 9 PM
Tour #3 Tillamook to Astoria
de Garde Brewing: Tillamook, OR
de Garde might be a small brewery, but their flavors are big when it comes to their brews. What sets them apart from other breweries is their beermaking process, which avoids the usual addition of laboratory cultured yeast to the fermenting process. They’re serious when it comes to quality, and every one of their packaged products can take up to 5+ years to barrel-age.
Their taproom is a great place to enjoy these hand-crafted brews, and if you’re on the go, you can pick up a bottle or two for later.
Hours: Thursday – Saturday, Noon – 7 PM; Sundays 11 AM – 5 PM
Werner Beef and Brew: Tillamook, OR
Werner Beef and Brew not only has great tasting beer but an onsite meat market and deli, too. Along with their own brewed creations, they highlight an everchanging selection from other local beer and wine producers throughout the year.
The Beef & Brew restaurant offers up plates that include burgers, sandwiches, and paninis, which are each finished with a side of fries. Over at The Marketplace, locally sourced artisan products are available for purchase, along with Werner’s beer to-go. Werner Beef and Brew is the place to visit if you’re craving local dairy and meat products.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 AM – 7 PM
Nehalem Bay Winery: Nehalem, OR
Nehalem might be petite in size, but it’s home to Nehalem Bay Winery, one of the ten oldest wineries in Oregon. Located in the historic Mohler Creamery building, it was founded in 1974 as the first on the Oregon Coast. There’s history to be had here and the creamery is still operating today. Initially, Nehalem Bay Winery production was devoted to fruit wines, which remains a core focus of their production. Over the years, their winemaking evolved into white and red grape varietals such as Marechal Foch, Columbia Valley Merlot, Willamette Valley Reisling and Bay Blush, a traditional Oregon Rosé of Pinot Noir blended with Riesling.
Hours: Curbside pickup or by appointment
The Winery at Manzanita: Manzanita, OR
Manzanita is one of the prettiest coastal towns off Highway 101 and is known for its culinary excellence. Amongst the bakeries and fine dining options are The Winery at Manzanita, a small establishment filled with character and a beautiful ocean-deck view of the Pacific Ocean. Customers can enjoy flights of local wine ranging from reds, whites, and a Hawaiian-style libation that is fruity and decadent.
To pair with a glass or flight of wine, they offer nibbles and sweets that include charcuterie plates, mixed Artisan Organic Cheese and Crackers, and Portland’s 1927 S’mores. You’ll be planning your next adventure to this lovely coastal town after experiencing The Winery at Manzanita.
Hours: Sunday – Thursday, Noon – 8 PM; Fridays & Saturdays, Noon – 9 PM
Seaside Brewery: Seaside, OR
Seaside is filled with bustling shops and restaurants usually crowded on the weekends, but Seaside Brewery is where it’s at. The taproom and pub are located in a restored city jail and offer an array of beers available for pick-up or to enjoy on the patio. The brewery prides itself on staying small and being an authentic establishment that produces excellent brews.
From sourcing clean coastal waters down to the very last step, Seaside Brewery assures their ingredients come from the environment around them to be the best they can offer. city map
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 11 AM – 9 PM
Sisu Brewing Co.: Seaside, OR
The term ‘Sisu’ is a Finnish term that means “a quality we all have inside us.” The name says it all and is what Sisu’s brewers strive to conjure in their craft brews. It’s hard to miss Sisu’s brand and the delicious beer that comes from the Seaside establishment.
All of their beers are tirelessly made with authenticity and countless hours of getting the taste just right. From the light and refreshing Lemon Lager to the dark chocolate and espresso hint in the Indomitable Spirit Stout, everything about Sisu’s beers is quality-driven and delicious. city map
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 11 AM – 10 PM; Fridays & Saturdays, 9 AM – 10 PM; Sundays, 11 AM – 10 PM
Pilot House Distilling: Astoria, OR
Pilot House Distilling, located seaside in Astoria, Oregon, is the most versatile of Oregon coast’s hard alcohol specialists. Their product list includes Painted Lady and Bar Pilot gins, Bar Pilot vodka, A-O whisky, Barrelman rum, Columbia absinthe, a coffee liqueur (reduce this list), and their new-ish Bloody Knuckles Bloody Mary Mix, a Bloody Mary cocktail in a can,
The company makes seasonal products with local ingredients when possible. Although there are no Northwest molasses or agave producers, Owner Cary sources corn and wheat from the region when available. city map
Hours: Monday-Saturday, Noon – 6 pm; Sundays, Noon – 4 pm
Reveille Ciderworks: Astoria, OR
Oregon Coast breweries are hard to beat, but the competition is slim for Reveille Ciderworks. Established in 2016, Reveille is Astoria’s first and only cider house, inspired by the evolution of pre-prohibition farmhouses and country-style hard ciders. Each hard cider batch is derived from hand-selected blends of Northwest apples, with each lending its own taste and history. Even though the name of the ciders doesn’t change, the batches are one and alike.
Reveille focuses on small batches production which means new varieties are coming off the line frequently. The outdoor patio opens Memorial Day Weekend 2021, so customers can help celebrate this new establishment with onsite tasting or bottles to-go. city map
Hours: Mondays & Thursdays, Noon – 8 PM; Fridays & Saturdays, Noon – 9 PM; Sundays, Noon – 5 PM
Oregon Coast breweries and other craft beverage producers will raise the bar on your travels along the West Coast’s scenic Highway 1.
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