COVID Brewery Happy Hour: Von Ebert Brewing Company

Quarantine has been wearing on for over a month now.  I haven’t been to a brewery since early March when I attended a Schitt’s Creek trivia at Von Ebert.  Despite being an introvert, enjoying a nice meal and beer out on the town is definitely something I am missing.  Fortunately for me, several breweries around Portland are offering next day delivery, and those that serve food will offer pick-up or delivery.  What a great way to support your local breweries while still sheltering in place!  So, it took a little bit of pre-planning and acceptance that any socializing would happen remotely, but I decided to put together a Von Ebert At Home Happy Hour.

I chose Von Ebert, because I am obsessed with their chicken wings, and their beer is also top-notch.  Von Ebert is an independent craft brewery with locations in the Pearl District and Northeast Portland.  They make award-winning IPAs, German styles, and farmhouse styles.  No matter what the palate, you’ll be able to find something enjoyable at Von Ebert.  Before my at-home happy hour, I knew that their Volatile Substance IPA was among my favorite beers in town.  Their food menu is also outstanding, hence my obsession with the chicken wings.

I ordered two four-packs of beers from Von Ebert on Tuesday afternoon, so I could have two of every style.  I ordered their New American Pils, a Black Pils, the Volatile Substance IPA, and the Sabrage dry IPA.  I was like a kid at Christmas waiting for my beer delivery.  I put off my morning workout and shower for fear that I’d miss my delivery because I was in the shower!  My delivery driver was masked, he checked my ID, thanked me for supporting them, and placed the beer on the ground for me to collect at a safe distance.  I appreciated the extra safety efforts.

Thank goodness that Von Ebert is selling those award-winning smoked wings to go!  Wednesday was two for one, even!  But there’s only one of me, so I just bought one for one and a side salad.

So I had my beer and I’d ordered my food to be delivered by Postmates.  The first pour was the New American Pils.  As I’ve come to expect from Von Ebert, this beer really embodied the European Pils style, but with a slightly hoppy American twist.  The flavor was bready and malt-forward and the hope profile was light, so it definitely was not an American Pale Ale masquerading as a Pils.  As I nursed that first pint, I caught up with my sister.  It was nice to have a beer and conversation, even though I was in my pajama pants and sitting on the floor of my living room.

My food arrived right before I finished the pint.  I said goodbye to my sister since I require two hands to eat Von Ebert’s wings.  I went for the Sabrage dry IPA.  I could not have asked for a better beer to drink with those smoky, spicy wings.  The beer was definitely dry with a plethora of hop flavors.  The chicken wings were served hot with spicy barbecue sauce.  They did require two hands to dig in.  I savored the meal while watching TV.

I will look forward to going out for a beer and a good meal in the future, but in the meantime, I am grateful for at-home delivery.  I am also happy to support some of my favorite local businesses, and I encourage you to do the same if you are able.

Until we meet again, cheers.

Meet Alyssa

Hi! I’m Alyssa! I grew up in Montana, home of Big Sky Brewing, Bayern, and 60 other excellent breweries worth the road trip.  I came to Portland for college, studied (officially) fine art, and (unofficially) beer in Austria.


I am a music lover, a cat mom, and an obsessive homebrewer.  I was lucky enough to meet Jenna in 2017 and brew an explosive batch of raspberry wheat together.

My favorite beer bar at the moment is Roscoe’s in Montavilla. They have an awesome and varied tap list, and you can choose between Roscoe’s menu of soul food goodness or sushi from Miyamoto. Sushi and beer? Yes please!! There’s also pool and a few arcade games.

I’m on the constant lookout for delicious and well-balanced IPAs.  Some of my favorite breweries are Fort George, Breakside, Ex Novo, and my little home brewery–HouseCat HomeBrews.

Note from Jenna: I’ve been so blessed to call Alyssa my friend for the last three years. I’ve really enjoyed watching her grow from a home brewer to an AWARD winning home brewer! I can’t wait to see what she ends up writing about here on BiteSize Brews!

Public Coast Brewing Co. Develops New Beers

I have some exciting news out of the Public Coast Brewing Company. They have developed two new beers that are sure to add to your holiday cheer. The StackStock Candy Cap Stout with a 5.5% ABV and notes of maple and vanilla goodness and the Old Bog Farm Cranberry Kettle Sour with a 7.2% ABV with the tartness of cranberries will be a perfect pairing for your Thanksgiving meal.

Public Coast Brewing Company is one of my favorite stops on the Oregon Coast. I was extra blessed to introduce my parents, aunt, uncle and cousin who were visiting from the East Coast last summer. I’m always excited when they launch new beers and am so proud of their farm expansion. Next time you are near Cannon Beach, make sure you stop at this family-friendly brewery for a pint or get one to go an enjoy on the sand. Their beers are becoming my go-to camping choice.

Public Coast StackStock Candy Cap Stout

StackStock Candy Cap Stout Profile: ABV 5.5%, 16. oz can

Tasting Notes: Maple, Vanilla

Beckie’s Thoughts: Lots of maple and chocolate notes. Super dark and creamy.

Old Bog Farm Cranberry Kettle Sour Profile: ABV 7.2%, 16 oz can

Tasting Notes: Cranberry

Editor’s Note: I’m so sorry for the delay in posting this. I was in a motorcycle accident and have been in recovery for some time now. Along with the beers Beckie received handmade candy cap mushroom shortbread cookies and Old Bog Farm cranberry kettle sour relish made by brewer Will Leroux that go along with the beers, respectively! Both were delicious!


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.