Even in the enologically advanced Yamhill Valley, man does not live by wine alone.
Sometimes you just want to have a beer. For more than two decades, Golden Valley Brewery & Pub’s handcrafted brews have been the pride of McMinnville, with unusual offerings such as a doppelbock. For even deeper authenticity, the beef on the menu comes from its own local ranch.
Lately, it’s been joined downtown by the Grain Station Brew Works, featuring live music and, among multiple craft taps, a coffee stout made with Nicaraguan coffee.
In the heart of the wine strip in Dundee, Deception Brewery uses fruit in its artisan products, with offerings such as apricot cream ale. This can neatly punctuate an afternoon of pinot noir tasting.
In Newberg, the Chehalem Valley Brewing Company has at least six taps of its own brews, which can run out quickly. In summer, the garage doors open and the warm valley atmosphere mingles with the brew.
Just outside of town at Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery, the experience of drinking handcrafted brews is heightened by the rustic setting in a 1912 barn.