Opening soon: 3 of the coolest new breweries in Oregon


There are 278 companies licensed to operate as brewery, according to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Here are three new beer-making hubs slated to open soon.

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When Budweiser took a not-so-subtle shot at craft brew aficionados during its Super Bowl ad, Oregonians took notice.

And for good reason, according to the trade news website Oregon Craft Beer: Portland is home to more breweries than any other city in the world.

According to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, there are 278 companies licensed to operate as a brewery in the state.

Click through to read about three of Oregon’s new offerings, slated to ramp up production in the next few months.

1. Coin Toss Brewing

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Location: Oregon City

Launch: Slated to open in July

Backstory: Coin Toss is the brainchild of radio personality and (former) homebrewer, Tim Hohl, with professional assistance from “brewing royalty” Dave Fleming. The brewpub gets its name from the incident that gave Portland its name: a coin toss between Asa Lovejoy of Boston and Francis Pettygrove, originally from Portland, Maine.

Read more about Coin Toss by the Portland Tribune here.

2. Defiance Brewery

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Location: The Dalles

Launch: Slated to open this summer

Backstory: Defiance Brewery will be the Dalles’ first brewery since 1916, when Columbia Brewery shut down. The current plan is to repurpose a more-than-a-century-old ice house at 208 Laughlin Street.

Read more about Defiance by here.

3. Leikam Brewing

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Location: SE Portland

Launch: The nanobrewery is run by husband-and-wife Theo and Sonia Marie Leikam. The couple will ramp up production once it receives all the necessary permits from the city.

Backstory: Leikam is the first certified kosher brewery in Portland. It also utilizes a farm-to-pint glass model that encourages beer drinkers to sign up for its subscription service.

Read more about Leikam by Oregon Jewish Life here.

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