As one of the only true public coastlines in America, the Oregon coast is free and open to everyone, all 363 miles of it. Public Coast brewing honors that same welcoming spirit by making craft beer that’s both delicious and approachable.
At Public Coast, everyone is welcome– especially lovers of all stripes. Kick back on our patio, grab a stool at the wrap-around bar, or watch the beer being made through the windows of the brewery.
So how did a kid who grew up in Palm Desert, with an obsession with an obscure British soccer team that’s matched only by his love of the Portland Timbers, come to open a brewery in Cannon Beach?
Twenty some years ago, Ryan Snyder was living in Las Vegas running taps in the back bar of Holy Cow Brewery for entrepreneur and Vegas legend Tom Wisner. The aroma of hops, the bright tanks and the buzz of a brewery in action left an indelible mark and he decided that one day he’d open a brewery.
Fast forward past meeting the “Girl from Cannon Beach,” joining the Martin family business, a restaurant gig, a bartending gig, a wedding, some kids, two hotels (The coastal luxe Stephanie Inn and the more family-oriented Surfsand Resort) and finally purchasing Clark’s Restaurant which as Ryan looked around, he thought “hmm… this will be the perfect spot for a brewery someday.” He honed his skills in hospitality and waited until the time was right.
Enter Will Leroux. Woodworker. Forager. Farmer. Beekeeper. Bearded (of course.) Trained as a chef, Will was eager to try out his home-brewing skills on a larger canvas. Ryan and Will hatched a plan to bring Ryan’s vision for his own brewery to life. Will’s talent with flavors was a huge bonus: together, they could brew beers that were seasonal, original, classic or a little bit twisted.
As Will developed his beers and honed his craft Ryan began the process of transforming the restaurant into a working brewery. He knocked down walls to make room for the giant tanks and fermenter; he repurposed timbers from the restaurant into beams, floorboards and a hand-planed bar. And joined by brewer Will, embarked on his dream.
To this date, over 100 batches of beer have been brewed and Will has received recognition for his work, including an Oregon Beer Awards gold medal win for the ’67 Blonde Ale, and most recently, another gold for the Blonde at the World Beer Cup.
Our giant mural was designed and painted by Portland-area artist Zach Yarrington. Zach drew his inspiration from our high and low tide inspired logo, and our motto, “Beaches forever. Beer for everyone.”
Beer Gear for All! Stop by the brewery and grab a Public Coast hoodie, trucker hat, gift card or tee shirt. Feeling picnic-y? Add a crowler or growler and a to-go order.
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