Last weekend my wife and I went camping down in Florence, Oregon with her family. This is an annual tradition which happened to fall on one of the hottest weeks in record in Oregon. Thankfully, it was much cooler down on the coast. On the way down, we stopped in the tiny coastal town of Yachats to have lunch at Yachats Brewing and Farmstore.
I don’t write about every brewery we visit because that would be overwhelming, but if a place is unique, a special experience, or in my thoughts “unknown” or underhyped, I’ll write about it. Yachats was all three.
Before the visit, I was only vaguely aware of Yachats Brewing. I had a barrel aged version of their Marbled Murrelet Stout at Festival of the Dark Arts. It was “on the way”, so we decided to stop in.
Camping is always a food-fest so we decided to split a sandwich, which was a good idea because it was HUGE! BBQ chicken, onions, peppers and cheese, it was great. Warm polenta and fermented veggies on the side to round it out. Highly recommend the food.
The two beers we tried were the Coastal Dark Ale (4.5 stars), their version of a CDA, my wife’s favorite style, and the Hyphyweizen (4.5 stars), their version of a German Hef. Both beers were really good and we ended up taking a crowler of the CDA camping and I got a bottle of their Kriek (which I haven’t tried yet).
The location was really cool. Obviously not the original use of that building. We sat on the side patio, which was half indoors/half outdoors and used to be a greenhouse/plant area. You could see into the brewery with some tanks back in the back, as well as mics and speakers for live music.
We got there shortly after they opened, so they weren’t very crowded and the staff was very friendly. Quick to recommend a beer, ideas about food, pointed out seasonals and special items. Overall a great experience. If you’re on the southern Oregon coast, I highly recommend swinging by Yachats Brewing and Farmstore. They are located right on 101 (Pacific Coast Highway) about a half hour south of Newport. It’s worth the drive.