As I mentioned here a couple of days ago, we went to Corvallis the back half of last week. One of the highlights was our visit to Mazama Brewing on Wednesday evening. They are a brand-new brewery having only opened on 31 May and still pouring from their first batches.
We got there around 4 in the afternoon and there was only one other patron there. We were warmly greeted by the Taproom Manager, Gillian, who continued to take great care of us.
We started with a flight of their current 5 beers, almost all Belgian-inspired. They are from left to right in the photo below, Belgian Style Blond, Belgian Style Dubbel, Grand Cru, Saison d’Etre, and Hop Eruption IPA.
All of these beers were keepers! I gave the blond 4.5 stars out of 5, the dubbel 4, the Grand Cru 4.25, the saison 4 and the IPA 4.5. These values take into account my liking for them as individuals but also as to whether they are in style, which explains the dubbel and saison having lower scores. We ended up getting a glass of the dubbel after our tasters. We were leaning towards the Grand Cru but knew we were going to dinner with some friends later at another very beery place so decided to steer clear of its 10% ABV and got the dubbel which we truly enjoyed. One of friends had two of Mazama’s Grand Cru at dinner and greatly enjoyed them.
I had just submitted my first column for a local/regional beer publication the day before and I needed a decent headshot for the byline so I had Sara take a few photos while there. This is not the one I used but it does show me enjoying the nice aromas of the dubbel. [What’s that? I haven’t mentioned this yet? No. I haven’t. Time constraints would be first and foremost the reason. Also, I’ll kind of believe it myself when I see it in print next month.
Mazama Brewing was very welcoming and I truly enjoyed every one of their beers. They are also working on a porter. Considering that these were first batch beers, consistency is going to be crucial to their success. They are also a bit out of town proper on Hwy 34 but they are next door to 2 Towns Ciderhouse and Nectar Creek Honeywine meadery, so perhaps that will help bring traffic.
They are also currently on tap in over 20 locations in Corvallis and Albany and reaching other locations in Eugene and such with tap takeovers. Canning is also in their future. I have talked them up to my favorite local watering hole, Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale Café, so perhaps we’ll see some of their beers over here in Bend soon.
If you get to Corvallis please do visit them. In my humble opinion, they are one of the better breweries in that area; by far. Of course, liking Belgian-style beers will help. Also. Can they nail the consistency?
I truly wish them the very best!