Local breweries support fire victims


Breweries from all over the central Oregon coast are collaborating to produce a special beer to support relief efforts for those affected by the Echo Mountain Fire. 

“Otis Strong” will be an IPA, and each participating brewery will brew the same recipe with their own unique twist.

“Before I started brewing, I was a wildland firefighter for many years,” said Joe Hitselberger, owner and head brewer of Wolf Tree Brewery. “I’ve never seen destruction like this before and just want the craft beer community to do what we can to help.” 

In 2018, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company gained national attention with the release of their “Resilience” beer recipe in support of the devastating California Camp Fire. Many nearby breweries participated in that collaboration. “It’s sort of like a more local version of that,” said Matt White, of Beachcrest Brewing in Gleneden Beach. “We are all in.”

The Central Coast Brewers Alliance is an association of breweries working together to promote the central Oregon coast as a craft beer destination. Head brewers from across Lincoln County and beyond have come together to create a distinct beer with proceeds going to support families and businesses impacted by recent wildfires.

Participating breweries include Bandon Brewing Company, Beachcrest Brewing Company, Bier One Brewing, Newport Brewing Company, Pelican Brewing Company, Rogue Ales and Spirits, Rusty Truck Brewing Company, Wolf Tree Brewery and Yachats Brewing + Farmstore. Each brewery plans to release its version of “Otis Strong” simultaneously on Oct. 30. Rogue Ales and Spirits has donated hops from its farm in Independence. “We just want to do whatever we can,” Rogue president Dharma Tamm said.

For more information on this collaboration, contact Ryan Perry by email at [email protected]

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