After a number of delays, Corvallis’ newest microbrewery plans to open its doors to the public this afternoon.
Mazama Brewing, located in the Eastgate Business Center about 2 miles east of town off Highway 34, will start pulling pints and filling growlers in its new taproom at 3 p.m. today.
“It’s been a long time coming,” admitted owner Jeff Tobin, a longtime homebrewer who decided to turn pro. “I thought we’d open at least before the beginning of May.”
Tobin initially hoped to have his 20-barrel brewery up and running by December but hit some snags. Then he pushed his start date back to March and ran into some more last-minute delays.
Now, at last, he’s ready to go. Mazama has already sold some kegs to pubs and growler fill stations in Corvallis and Albany, and Tobin said he has five brews ready to pour in his 40-seat taproom.
The first batch out of the tank was an IPA called Hop Eruption in honor of the brewery’s namesake mountain, which blew its top around 5600 B.C. and left behind cool, refreshing Crater Lake.
Also on tap will be Mazama Belgian-Style Blond, Belgian-Style Dubbel, Grand Cru and Saison, all made in the Belgian brewing tradition Tobin favors.
Mazama Brewing Co.’s tasting room will be open from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
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