Make your next west coast vacation a pub crawl! We have been fortunate to partner with a number of breweries and pubs in the last several years that we thought it would be great fun to introduce you to them this week. We have given a little bit of history and information below, situated from Central Oregon down to Central California. Along the way, you can explore Mt. Bachelor and stay at Sunriver Resort, visit the shorelines of Humboldt County, hike the Redwoods of Northern California, houseboat on Lake Shasta, and even take an excursion to Pier 39 in San Francisco.
We start off this virtual pub crawl with our most northern brewery partners, Sunriver Brewing Company! Boasting two pub locations, Galveston Pub (est. in February 2016) located in the majestic town of Bend, Oregon and Sunriver Pub (est. in July 2012) located in the mountainous resort area of Sunriver, Oregon. Both are situated at the base of the Cascade Range where some of the nation's purest water is collected. Pride of ownership doesn't begin and end with their delicious food and great craft beers but also being environmentally minded and supporting local charitable organizations. Sunriver Brewing Company has received numerous awards, including a gold medal for their Fuzztail Hefeweizen at the World Beer Cup in 2016, and a gold medal for their Mexican Lager at the 2017 North American Beer Awards. They have also received accolades for "The Best Lunch" in The Source Weekly - The Best of Central Oregon for the last five years in a row.
Let's crawl on down to Six Rivers Brewery to the coastal town of McKinleyville, California, where they are a small batch craft brewery with a locally sourced menu. Meredith & Talia took over full ownership in 2008, and is the second known all woman-owned brewery in California. "The Brew With A View" overlooks the Pacific Ocean and has a robust menu featuring pub favorites that include hot wings, burgers, Pacific cod & chips, and pasta. Their calendar is full with Sunday brunches, Trivia Night, Karaoke Mondays, Southern Fried Tuesdays, Irish Wednesdays, and is a customer hotspot on game nights. Staying tried & true to the traditional English style of brewing has been the cornerstone in producing their popular, award winning craft beers.
Next stop is Humboldt County's Mad River Brewing in Blue Lake, California. Tucked in the Northern California Redwoods is one of the states first breweries! They have been serving some of the best craft beers since 1989, with their popular flagship brew Steelhead Extra Pale Ale. "Good friends and quality beer equal great experiences" is the the motto they have stuck by through the years and has proven to be the winning equation to success in delivering a mouthwatering pub menu and thirst quenching, award winning ales. Mad River Revamps for Growth, details the rebranding and installation of a new brew house in 2016, due to growing production needs. This new brew house is three times the capacity of its previous brew house!
Continuing down California's coastline is Lost Coast Brewery in Eureka, California. Established in 1989, their beginnings were experimental in a 100-year-old building with well-crafted microbrews. They grew to being a major player in the beer industry and are presently ranked 38th in the country for beer production. Like Six Rivers Brewery, Lost Coast was established by women and continues to be ran by, perhaps, a slightly unconventional woman by the name of Barbara Groom. She was once an Avon consultant and then a pharmacist for 20 years! Little did she know that the ambition and creativity she had yearned for would grow into an award-winning, multimillion dollar business. Lost Coast Brewery produces year-round and seasonal products, with some of its favorite "usual suspects" being Great White (where it all began), Tangerine Wheat, Downtown Brown, and Alleycat. They have just started circulating cans into stores and will be introducing a new robust flavor in March called Revenant IPA.
Stay tuned for Part II of our Virtual Pub Crawl coming to you later this week, featuring northern and central California breweries.
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