Public Coast Farm Blueberry Wheat Ale

Ok, ok, we’ll say it: we bought the farm! Public Coast Farm Blueberry Wheat Ale combines their love of all things beermaking AND growing things like blueberries and hops. They call it “farmentation.” Actually, no, they will never call it that. Apologies. How ‘bout this wheat beer, though! Fun Fact: Unattended farm stands are a giant social experiment in the goodness of humans. The produce is there; the money jar is there; you’re there. They believe in you! Awww, you can even leave a tip!

The team at Public Coast Brewing Co. / Farm dropped off some of their Farm blueberries, Chandler, Blue, and Drapel! They were delicious! Perfect for summer camping at the Oregon Coast.

About The Farm
A long-time favorite of West Coast travelers, Martin North’s Cannon Beach properties—the Surfsand Resort, the Stephanie Inn, the Wayfarer Restaurant and Public Coast Brewing Co.—are recognized nationally for creating exceptional guest experiences and fresh, locally-sourced craft food and drink.  Now the family-run hospitality company is rolling out its latest venture with Public Coast Farm, located on the iconic Sunset Highway (Hwy 26) on route to Cannon Beach from Portland.  The 40-acre farm is located at 22330 NW Fisher Rd, Banks, OR 97106.

“For me, the genesis of Public Coast Brewing was to create a place that evoked the very spirit of Oregon and the coast—welcoming, accessible to all, and a place where we take care of what we love.  That’s the same spirit we’re embracing at the farm,” says owner Ryan Snyder.  “Every time I made that beautiful drive on the Sunset Highway from the coast to Portland, I wondered if we could find a way to connect the experience of the brewery closer to the city, and produce many of the beautiful ingredients that make our guests’ time with us so memorable.”

Public Coast Farm plans on starting small, with blueberries for Public Coast Brewing’s Farm Fresh Blueberry Wheat Ale and some additional crops for Martin North’s chefs’ inspiration.  “Our hope is to eventually open the farm to guests for produce and exploration.” This beer is an American Wheat Beer at 5.4% ABV.

On top of the awesome blueberries, Public Coast Brewing Co. dropped off a sample of the Farm Fresh Blueberry Wheat Ale for me to try. I ended up taking it camping with me on the Oregon coast – the perfect addition to any outdoor activity. The beer had a great color from the blueberries. Light, fruity flavor, which I liked, it didn’t taste like juice – which I also appreciated. Good, light wheat flavor, making it a lighter wheat beer to easily-drink.

Zupan’s Market Partners with Zoiglhaus Brewing Company to Introduce a German-style lager essential for summer

Zupan’s Markets has partnered with Portland’s Zoiglhaus Brewing Company to develop the ninth beer in their Farm-to-Market lineup. Created with some of the world’s most prized German barley and hops, this German-style lager is crisp and refreshing. Light orange in color with white wine notes and aromas of honeydew melon, this easy-drinking lager pairs well with river floats, backyard barbecues, and picnics in the park. 

“Zupan’s Markets is excited to be partnering with Zoiglhaus Brewing to expand our Farm-to-Market series into a new style – German lager,” said Zupan’s Markets President and CEO Mike Zupan. “Each beer in our Farm to Market series continues to highlight the expansive beer culture that has been cultivated here in Portland.”


This lager is currently on shelves at all three Zupan’s Markets locations in 12oz 6/pack cans for $10.50. With only 150 cases produced, this beer will only be on shelves for a limited time. The really cool thing about this beer is that it’s the first Zupan’s Farm-to-Market beer that comes in a can!

“Zupan’s Markets shares our commitment to the community, and we are really impressed by their dedication to Oregon craft beer,” said Alan Taylor, Brewmaster and co-founder of Zoiglhaus Brewing Co. “Partnering with them on this  collaboration beer is a perfect fit.”

Profile: ABV 4.7%, IBU 22
Malts: German Pilsner, Vienna, Munich, Acidulated malts
Hops: German Opal, Hallertau Blanc, Hüll-Melon 
Tasting Notes: Light orange in color and hopped with Opal which gives it a spicy flavor, Hallertau Blanc which provides white wine notes, and Hüll-Melon that gives honeydew melon aromas. It is an easy-drinking lager.  

Zupan’s Markets hooked me up with a sample of their beer Farm-to-Market lager with Zoiglhaus. I found it great with a crisp, light grain flavor. As they say, this is an easy-drinking summer beer.

About Zoiglhaus Brewing Company 
Zoiglhaus Brewing Company was established in SE Portland in 2015. The founders wanted to establish a brewery focused around community, tradition, family, and beer. Utilizing old-school German brewing techniques that Alan Taylor learned while studying Brewing Science in Berlin, Germany, Zoiglhaus brews traditional German beer styles along with the occasional Pacific Northwest influenced brews. Their 200-seat brewery features 10 rotating Zoiglhaus beers on tap along with German-style and American pub fare in Portland’s Lents neighborhood. Zoiglhaus may be found on tap and in bottles and cans throughout the Pacific Northwest.

About Zupan’s Markets 

Founded by John Zupan in 1975, Zupan’s Markets is a local and family-owned gourmet market that has served Portland’s food-loving community for more than 40 years. Zupan’s Markets has three locations that focus on quality, selling everything from the best meats and wines to the freshest produce, baked goods, gourmet deli products, specialty foods, flowers and more, always emphasizing locally-sourced, artisan products when possible.

Zupan’s Markets partners with Double Mountain Brewery to Introduce the most Sustainable Farm to Market IPA

Zupan’s Markets has partnered with Hood River’s Double Mountain Brewery to develop the eighth beer in their Farm-to-Market lineup. Featuring the BottleDrop Refillable bottle, this package is made and reused in Oregon. Created with ingredients from the Pacific Northwest, this IPA includes notes of tropical fruit and kind herb for a perfect mix of sustainability and drinkability.

“Zupan’s Markets is excited to continue to bring our customers exclusive beer creations in partnership with the best local craft breweries,” said Zupan’s Markets’ President and CEO Mike Zupan. “We are proud to be working with Double Mountain Brewery to bring a delicious spring IPA featuring a sustainable package.”

Made of thick-walled glass which protects the beer from light, this bottle is the most sustainable choice in the beer aisle. Return this bottle to any BottleDrop facility. Or return the bottle to any Double Mountain Taproom or Brewery and Double Mountain will buy you a pint (limit 1 pint per customer per day.)  

Zupan’s Markets Farm to Market IPA brewed at Double Mountain.


This IPA is currently on shelves at all three Zupan’s Markets locations in 500 ml bottles for $5.99. With only 150 cases produced, this beer will only be on shelves for a limited time.

“We enjoy working with companies that we like. And we like Zupan’s a lot” said Matt Swihart, Founder of Double Mountain Brewery. “Our shared mission to provide the best products for our customers made this partnership a great fit.”

Profile: ABV 7.5%, IBU 65
Malts: Pilsner, Wheat, Crystal 15 
Hops: Simcoe and Strata in the kettle, Simcoe hop back and Strata dry hop
Yeast: Abbey
Tasting Notes: The grain bill keeps it light enough to let the hops shine. Heaps of tropical fruit and citrus leap out of the nose and continue through, combining with an enticing dank, kind herb characteristic Strata is famous for, as well as Simcoe’s rainforest pine and ripe strawberry.

I found the beer had a great balance of sweetness and spice. It tasted very fresh with complex notes but easy to drink. It paired well with my roasted veggies and grilled chicken sausage.

About Double Mountain Brewery
Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom was established in 2007 in the heart of downtown Hood River, OR. Founder, Matt Swihart, opened the brewery with a clear mission: make great beer for craft beer fans. The unique location of Double Mountain provides the use of pure and clean glacial water for beers and ciders, while also take advantage of regionally grown hops. Reusable bottles allow customers to partake in a softer environmental footprint, affirming they are part of a sustainable future. Double Mountain may be found on tap and in bottles throughout the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.

About Zupan’s Markets

Founded by John Zupan in 1975, Zupan’s Markets is a local and family-owned gourmet market that has served Portland’s food-loving community for more than 40 years. Zupan’s Markets has three locations that focus on quality, selling everything from the best meats and wines to the freshest produce, baked goods, gourmet deli products, specialty foods, flowers and more, always emphasizing locally-sourced, artisan products when possible. For more information, visit www.zupans.com.

Like in previous blog posts about Zupan’s Markets, they provided free beer for this review.

Zupan’s Markets Partners with pFriem Family Brewers to Introduce Sixth Beer in Farm-to-Market Series

Zupan’s Markets has partnered with Hood River’s pFriem Family Brewers to release the sixth Farm-to-Market beer in its private label line. This Northwest style IPA is inspired by the summer season and packed with notes of papaya, ripe melon, and honey. Perfect to pair with casual summer fare such as fish tacos, burgers, and fries.

“Zupan’s Markets is excited to continue to bring our customers exclusive beer creations in partnership with the best local craft breweries,” said Zupan’s Markets’ President and CEO Mike Zupan. “pFriem continues to be a leader in craft beer innovation and together we have created the perfect summer IPA.”  

This IPA is currently on shelves at all three Zupan’s Markets locations in 16.9ml bottles for $5.99. With only 125 cases produced, it will be on shelves only for a limited time.

“Zupan’s is a quality and flavor driven grocer,” said Josh Pfriem, Founder of pFriem Family Brewers. “We value their continued partnership, along with their dedication to bring customers exciting food and beverage choices.”

Profile: ABV 6.5%, IBU 45
Malts: Rahr Pale Malt Thomas Fawcett Malted Oats, Flaked Oats 
Hops: Citra, Denali, El Dorado, Oregon Amarillo
Yeast: American Ale
Tasting Notes: Illuminating gold body topped with fluffy white foam. Fruity aromas of Marionberries, watermelon, citrus, papaya, lychee fruit, and pineapple. Jammy flavors of cantaloupe, honeydew melon, blueberries, raspberries, and honey. Finishes tropical and jammy with a citrus zing.

About pFriem Family Brewers
pFriem Family Brewers (pronounced “freem”) is a Northwest and Belgian inspired 15-barrel brewery and tasting room in Hood River, OR. Founded in 2012 by Josh pFriem, Ken Whiteman and Rudy Kellner. Best known for artisanal beers influenced by the great brewers of Belgium while staying true to homegrown roots in the Pacific Northwest, pFriem craft brews are unmistakably unique in both flavor and balance. For more information visit www.pfriembeer.com, or onsite daily at 707 Portway Ave., Suite 101, Hood River, OR 97031.

About Zupan’s Markets

Founded by John Zupan in 1975, Zupan’s Markets is a local and family-owned gourmet market that has served Portland’s food-loving community for more than 40 years. Zupan’s Markets has three locations that focus on quality, selling everything from the best meats and wines to the freshest produce, baked goods, gourmet deli products, specialty foods, flowers and more, always emphasizing locally-sourced, artisan products when possible. For more information, visit www.zupans.com.

Zupan’s was nice enough to send me a sample of the beer, which honestly needs a name, something like Zest for Life or All About that Zymolytic Living.  I really enjoyed the beer.  I drank it straight from the bottle after chilling it in my fridge for a day.  It was a good, on the light side, flavored IPA, with mild hop notes and flavored fruitiness.  Would definitely pick up a few bottles the next time I’m at Zupan’s.

Have you tried this beer before?  What did you think?

Arch Rock Brewing Company, Gold Beach, OR [Guest Post]

This guest blog post warms my heart because it’s written by my best friend, Beckie.  Check out what she has to say about Arch Rock Brewing Company!

While Crystal and I were visiting my sister who lives on the southern oregon coast over Memorial Day, she was determined to show us what Gold Beach had to offer. My sister is also a great fan of beer (maybe more than me), and knows all of the awesome places to go because she’s lived in Gold Beach for almost 4 years. Believe it or not, it is not a micro-brew desert! It’s very easy to find a bar that serves only micros from Bend, Eugene, and Medford. But, what was most awesome is that Gold Beach has it’s own brewery- Arch Rock Brewing Company.

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When we came in Larry, the co-founder/owner, greeted my sister by name. He was also the one pouring free tasters of the three standard beers they have on tap at all times (everyone who walks through their door gets tastes). What makes this place so impressive is their story. Larry owned and operated a cabinet shop outside of the town. When the economy went under, Larry closed his shop and wanted something to do with the space so him and his wife decided to start a brewery. They recruited James, a professional brewer formerly with Grand Teton Brewing in Idaho, and started brewing their standard brews:

  • Gold Beach Lager- described as a German-style lager that is light, crisp and refreshing. It has a great, not overpowering taste and smooth finish.
  • Pistol River Pale- described as hop-forward but well balanced and less bitter. This one is definitely the local favorite! It is so smooth and great.
  • State of Jefferson Porter- described as robust porter that hints at aromas of chocolate and mocha. It’s brewed to style and enjoyed year-round. This is one of the better porters I’ve had. Just enough chocolate mad coffee flavor to make sure it’s not a CDA

If you know much about the Oregon beer scene, you might be surprised that they don’t have an IPA. This is because of James and his desire to stand out with a different style in an inundated IPA market. (They did make one for a brew fest in Eugene that I got a zwickel-taste of, and it was also delicious!)

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They self-distribute and don’t bottle or can so it’s difficult to come by in Portland, if you’re cruising down the 101 in your car, or on your motorcycle/bicycle/hiking boots, stop in for some awesome beer!

Been to Arch Rock Brewing Company?  What did you think?

About Beckie Kruse:

I’m an Athletic Trainer by trade, but also consider myself an exert beer taster. Member of the “Frommates” friend-family and been Jenna’s best friend for 10 years. My opinions can sometimes be seen on here, especially if I’m able to finish my beer before Jenna steals it to take a sip (that doesn’t happen often).  [Jenna’s Note: This only happens when she gets strawberry beer!]