Seaside Stories

A Weekend of Discoveries

March 22, 2011 | by Becky Jensen

Last weekend I went to the Pouring at the Coast Event with my boyfriend, and had the best time! We were given souvenir glasses to use during the event (and they had rinse stations to keep your glass clean between tastings). We tried craft beers from every brewery, and I discovered I really enjoy the dark beers (the Terminator from McMenamins was one of my favorites). We also listened to music, ate perfectly paired food from local eateries, and enjoyed the lively atmosphere. The room was packed, and we got the chance to chat with both locals and tourists who were there to enjoy the event. They had great information about the beers, vendors, and the event, and I also discovered that the Pouring at the Coast Event is associated with the North Coast Craft Beer Trail (also known as the North Coast Ale Trail). The trail’s motto is to “find where local beer masters share their liquid bounty.”

The ten local breweries involved in the North Coast Ale Trail are the Rogue Public Ales House, Hondo’s Brew Pub & Taproom, Fort George Brewery, Astoria Brewing Co., Wet Dog Cafe & Brewery, and Buoy Beer in Astoria, McMenamins Sand Trap Inn in Gearhart, and The Wine and Beer Haus, Seaside Brewing Co., and U Street Pun in Seaside. Two annual events that help bring the breweries together are the previously mentioned Pouring at the Coast Event and the Pacific Northwest Brew Cup – an Oktoberfest style beer festival held the last weekend in September in Astoria.

The other part of the trail that’s a little closer to home is the Wine and Beer Haus that’s right in Seaside at the Seaside Factory Outlet Mall (right off Highway 101). They have over 300 beers in their coolers! If you choose a beer under 11% abv (that’s alcohol by volume), they’ll open it for you to drink in the shop. There are 300 plus wines from around the world, and they have wine tastings available whenever they are open. They have deals on six-packs and cases of both beer and wine. They also told me that whenever the distributor puts wines on sale, they offer it to the customer at the sale price. They know their beer and wine and can direct you toward choices that match your flavor preferences. You can spend an afternoon shopping, and then sit back and enjoy a nice craft beer…maybe I’ll head over there later today.

Leave a Reply

and so much more!

How to Build a Beach Campfire

It’s a longstanding Seaside tradition: listening to a crackling fire in concert with the crashing of the ocean waves. Campfires ...

Learn More
Murals, Swing Jazz, and Marine Life: Experiencing Seaside’s Arts & Culture

Seaside, Oregon, is known for its downtown murals and active arts scene. Photo: Rick Mickelson As one of the best known beach dest...

Learn More
Boogie Nights

A look at Seaside's old dance hall and skating rink

Learn More
Everyone Needs a Spring Break

Any reason is a good reason to head to the Oregon Coast. Whether you have an official “spring break” or not, we think that yo...

Learn More
Clam Chowder
Must-Eat Clam Chowders in Seaside

A look at five of the more than 20 clam chowders found in Seaside, Oregon

Learn More
Artillery on the Beach

Artillery on Seaside

Learn More
Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament
World’s Largest Beach Volleyball Tournament

Come August, the “digs” along Seaside’s beach have nothing to do with razor clams. For the 36th year, Seaside will host the ...

Learn More
Beach Books is an independent book store in Seaside, Oregon.
Where to Shop for Souvenirs in Seaside

Hunting for bargains? Searching for Seaside souvenirs? Seeking one-of-a-kind gifts? You’ve come to the right place. To your deli...

Learn More
Beach Campfires – Under a Dome of Stars

A longstanding tradition is alive and well in Seaside

Learn More
Gayway Park in the early 1960s

GAyway Park in the 1960s was a major family attraction in Seaside, Oregon

Learn More
Holidays in Seaside

Some say Seaside, Oregon, shines brightest in winter — warm chowder, cheerful shops, blustery walks on the beach, all without th...

Learn More
Miss Oregon Parade: 1950

A brief look at the Miss Oregon Parade circa 1950.

Learn More
Step Into Vintage Charm at the Times Theatre

Moviegoers love a good comeback story, and that’s exactly what they’ll find at the “new” Times Theatre & Public House...

Learn More
Fruits of Your Labor

Picking blackberries on the Oregon Coast, local coastal berries

Learn More
Building a Seaside Mountain Biking Culture

The Oregon Coast is widely recognized as the setting for many incredible outside activities. Located at the end of Lewis and Clark...

Learn More
A Chinook Fishing Tale

Chinook Salmon Fishing in and Around Seaside Oregon

Learn More
MotorTrend Magazine – Epic Drives: Classic Cobra Visits Seaside

MotorTrend Magazine makes the trek to Seaside, Oregon to show off a Classic Cobra

Learn More
A Beach Bicycle Built for Two

Beach Bike Rentals in Seaside, Oregon

Learn More