Kegs & Legs Brewery of the Week: Yachats Brewing

Location: 348 Hwy 101 N, Yachats, OR 97498
Flagship / Most Popular Beers:
  • Thor’s Well IPA
  • Perpetua Xtra Pale Ale
  • Coastal Dark Ale
  • Cetacea Saison w. Szechuan Peppercorns
  • Up River Kolsch
  • Marbled Murrelet Dry Stout
  • Ten Mile Oak Fermented Saison

Local Running Races:

Yachats is probably one of my favorite places on the Oregon Coast. I don’t know what it is, but it’s just quaint and feels really relaxing and welcoming. Every time I stop through, I ALWAYS stop at the Yachats Farmstore (though I call it the Yachats Brewery). In addition to their great beers and small tap house, they also have a great food menu, fresh produce, and locally shop-made fermented treats (take a home some of their fantastic sauerkraut varieties or do a sampler tray!). Join them in their taproom open everyday Mon-Thur 11:30am-8:00pm Fri-Sat 11:30am-9:00pm and for Sunday brunch 10:00am-6:00pm.

We spoke with Jenna Steward, Director of Brewery Operations at Yachats Brewing (along with her husband) to get some insight into their brewery and hometown.

Your relationship with the running or fitness community:
We are not big runners, but we are happy to help others carb-load before or after a run with a frosty pint. My husband and I have fat bikes that we like to take down to the beach or by the mountain in some snow.

Recommendations of local running routes:
804 Trail, the Amanda Trail, Cape Perpetua Scenic Trail, Ya’Xaik Trail, Gerdemann Botanic Preserve, and the Oregon Coast Trail (Check this out for details on great trails)

Recommendations of local events or locations: 
Fourth of July is probably the biggest event we have here in Yachats. Almost every restaurant in town has a special menu. The town also has a parade called the La De Da parade, which is followed by an amazing fireworks show in the evening. Not to mention, we have lots of awesome beer!

Day Use Fresh Hop Centennial Pale Ale with Brettanomyces

Day Use Fresh Hop Centennial Pale Ale with Brettanomyces

Tell us more!
Charlie, our head brewer/my husband, came from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, so he loves brewing saisons and farmhouse style beers. We do brew some core American style beers, but we try to keep those in house only. Next month, we hope to start bottling and bottle conditioning our specialty beer series. The first release will be one of our core beers, Cetacea Saison with Szechuan Peppercorns. Most of the next releases on the horizon are barrel fermented and barrel aged with fruit we got from our local forager. The most exciting is our Salal Sour. These beers will be sold in a 500ml bottle only. No kegs.

Currently, we only sell to a handful of accounts in Portland, Corvallis, and Eugene. We hope to be able to distribute a lot more this winter, now that we are finally getting caught up with production. In August, we hired Aaron, who also came from Logsdon to be our Assistant Brewer and to make our probiotic beverages. Charlie and Aaron were able to convert one of our wine barrels into a vessel to make bigger batches of kombucha so you will be seeing a lot more of our own probiotic beverages on tap. 

“Crowlers” to go!

We have done a few collaboration beers recently at our brewery with Flat Tail Brewing, Ruse Brewing, Coldfire Brewing, Beergarden, and Loyal Legion. We are in the process of planning a benefit beer collaboration with Ninkasi. We are also talking with Upper Lip about a collaboration that we will be doing the end of the month.

The owner is a builder/contracter that is dedicated to sustainability. The building used to be an old bank and he gutted and rebuilt the building using all reclaimed materials. He also converted our boiler to be fired by biodiesel. I think we are only a handful of people that have that. Also, we bought the first generation of the first shaftless wind turbine that an old Intel guy living in Yachats (who is also our landlord) invented. That is supposed to be installed before the end of the year, but you never know with construction projects.
Yachats itself is also a really cool place in itself. It just got named one of the top 16 adventure towns in Outside Magazine. Also, in 2011 or 2012 Arthur Fromer named Yachats one of his personal favorite places to travel (along with Paris and Egypt of course!)
Come on down to Yachats Brewing!

Come on down to Yachats Brewing!

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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