Thursday, March 13, 2014

Alphabet of New Oregon Breweries

The other day Dave invited me over to help out with a growler of delicious Omegatex IPA he'd brought back from a visit to Fort George.  "We also checked out this new brewpub in Astoria called Buoy."  In my Omegatex-addled bliss I was hearing that as "Bowie", like how Texans pronounce "Bowie knife", or how George Clinton pronounces "David Bowie" at about 3:00 in Make My Funk the P. Funk, until he showed me the logo with an ocean buoy on it.  I used to be so good at keeping up with new breweries, but I had never heard of this one.

A couple days later I was reading about the OBG's Malt Ball, which included a beer from another Oregon brewery I had never heard of:  Claim 52 in Eugene.  It made me think that there is almost an A-Z of Oregon breweries that are so new that I haven't tried their beer yet.  That's a bit of a stretch, but let's try and come up with an alphabet of Oregon breweries that have opened in... oh, the last three years (so that we can at least get through the letter G).

I'll get it started, please help me out with the rest, since I'm obviously no longer keeping up with current events, or even past events [Thanks to commenters for J-O, R-U.  And for telling us that apparently Yachats and Zigzag are on the way!]:

Wow, that list is very Eugene-heavy.  Is Eugene the next Bend?  Is Ninkasi the beer that made Eugene famous?

One-day only special:  If you happen to be reading this today, March 13, 2014, you can meet the brewers from letters A and P tonight at the White Owl Social Club (SE 8th and Main Street, just down the street from my house).


  1. Taking on the first half of the alphabet, I don't know when Kells actually started brewing, and Logsdon is right on the edge of 3 years.

    If Vancouver counts (we know it doesn't), I've got Heathen and Loowit. Mt. Tabor is an extra special case…

    1. Dang, I wish I could take Heathen, but I started this off with an Oregon slant. Kells is a brilliant addition, and I'll add Logsdon unless someone thinks of a newer L.

  2. Ones that come to mind:

    Mazama Brewing
    Occidental (not sure when they started though)
    Solera & Stormbreaker
    Worth Brewing

    1. Thanks, I added Worthy right before your comment... Those other ones will help out a lot, thanks!

  3. Juniper Brewing (Redmond)
    Oblivion Brewing (Bend)
    Take your pick on S's: Solstice Brewing (Prineville), Sunriver Brewing (Sunriver), Smith Rock Brewing (Redmond)
    Rat Hole Brewing (Bend)
    North Rim Brewing (Bend) is forthcoming but not open yet
    Thunder Island Brewing (Cascade Locks)

    I'm quite sure there are more...

  4. S could also be Sam Bonds in Eugene

  5. I see now that my plan to open a brewery named Xerxes is wise indeed.*

    *Not true, but it's a good name.

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  7. U=Uptown Market. Two breweries in planning: Yachats and Zigzag. You're welcome.

    1. Thank God you haven't gone completely native in the low countries, and still have time to think of us in the somewhat low country. You know more than the OLCC does about Uptown Market.

      Can't believe there isn't a brewery -- new or old -- in Oregon that begins with 'I'.


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