The beer scene in Cannon Beach is brewing new businesses. Ryan Snyder, owner of the Lumberyard Rotisserie and Grill, announced last week that he’s transforming the restaurant into Public Coast Brewing Co., slated to open in February 2016.
“Twenty-two years ago, I was living in Las Vegas running taps in the back bar of Holy Cow Brewery for entrepreneur and Vegas legend Tom Wisner,” Snyder said. “The aroma of hops, the bright tanks and the buzz of a brewery in action left an indelible mark on me and I decided one day I’d open a brewery. Public Coast Brewing is the culmination of that lifelong dream.”
Snyder unveiled his plans for the restaurant and brewery, to be located at 264 E. Third St., just days after Pelican Brewing Co. held a groundbreaking ceremony at its new Cannon Beach location on Sunset Boulevard.
The Lumberyard Brewing Co. already exists in Arizona, so Snyder came up with a new name. Public Coast Brewing celebrates Oregon’s 363 miles of public coastline, as decreed by legislature in 1967.
“As one of the only true public coastlines in America, the Oregon coast is open to everyone, and the people are warm and inviting,” said Snyder, who also serves as Martin Hospitality’s president. “I wanted to build a brewery that reflects that same welcoming spirit, and make craft beer that’s both delicious and approachable.”
Public Coast Brewing will collaborate with “craft beer pioneer” Fred Bowman, founder of Portland Brewing Co., and Big Dog Brewing Co., based in Las Vegas, to produce seven of its own craft beers with a 10-barrel brewing system — producing up to 800 barrels per year.
Public Coast Brewing aims to distribute bottles or cans on the North Coast by late 2016. They plan to brew root beer on-site and serve five rotating beers from brewery partners.
Relationships are already strong with local breweries Fort George Brewery and Buoy Beer Co., Snyder said, and he knows “one of the guys with Seaside Brewing.”
Pelican Brewing Co.’s owners Mary Jones and Jeff Schons, are longtime acquaintances, he added.
Martin Hospitality Chef Will Leroux will serve as brewmaster and oversee beer recipes and production.
“We are truly blessed with major investments being made in craft brewing and the restaurant business here in Cannon Beach,” Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Court Carrier said.
He called food and beverage a “nucleus” for the city, adding that Martin Hospitality has hugely benefited Cannon Beach as its oldest and largest employer.
Public Coast and Pelican’s arrivals provide “a remarkable opportunity for Cannon Beach to delve into a new market and demographic, Carrier said.
He expects the new breweries will draw younger crowds — the average Cannon Beach visitor is retirement age — and those interested in the brewing scene.
Architect Mike Skidmore designed a Northwest theme “evoking where forest and sea come together” for the new brewery, according to owners. Features will include a wrap-around bar, large windows to view beer-brewing operations and an outside dining patio.
The Lumberyard, purchased by Ryan and Stephanie Snyder in 2004 as part of the Martin Hospitality family of properties, closed Oct. 3 to undergo the five-month renovation.
The location served as a lumber company until Ken Clark turned it into Clark’s Restaurant. Hence the Lumberyard name when the Snyders took over.
Ryan Snyder said the restaurant’s history “will be encapsulated in the historical references on the inside.”
“From the beginning, my vision for The Lumberyard was to transform the restaurant into a brewery that local residents and visitors to the Oregon Coast could enjoy,” he said. “We’re excited to move forward with a project that’s been a lifelong dream for me. We look forward to offering a unique new venue on the North Coast, and leaving our mark on Oregon’s respected beer culture.”