SEASIDE — The 10th Pouring at the Coast event heralded the North Coast as a bona fide beer region, a hub where brewers and beer lovers converged to share their love for the craft.
Co-organizer Jimmy Griffin of Seaside Brewing Co. described the “nice flow” of Saturday’s afternoon event, which brought visitors from throughout the Northwest and featured tastings from breweries throughout the region, with profits dedicated to the South County Food Bank.
“It’s really easygoing, the vibe is cool, it’s beachy,” Griffin said of the festival.
Brewers all donate their time and beer for this festival, he added. “It’s pretty remarkable.”
During the three-day festival, Griffin and the Seaside Chamber of Commerce teamed for a brewer’s basketball tournament on Friday; the craft brewfest Saturday; rock music and beer garden Saturday night; and “Brewer’s Brunch” on Sunday.
Crux, Ecliptic, Stickmen and Mill City were among the 30 participants, with North Coast locals Reach Break, Astoria Brewing, Fort George, Buoy and the Peninsula’s North Jetty Brewing. Seaside was represented by Seaside Brewing Co. and Sisu Brewing, the homegrown beermaker at the Times Theatre.
Cannon Beach brewers took a prominent place.
Trevor McLean, Pelican’s Brewing Co.’s brewer in Cannon Beach, showcased a lemon kolsch — titled “Katch Kolsch,” described as “the zesty aroma of lemon peel and tangerine-like Mandarina hops.”
The Cannon Beach beer scene is better than last year’s he said. “We’re busy as ever — we’re just ramping up for spring break right now,” McLean said in between pours.
Nearby, Will Leroux and Ben Christianson of the Public Coast Brewing Co. in Cannon Beach served blackjack bumbleberry sour stout, a sour stout with four different berries, a coastal haze, a New England-style IPA.
Business is good at Public Coast, he said. “We’re getting a little more, a little more, a little more — as much as we can keep up with.