The long wait is nearly over! Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery finally opens its (barn) doors this Saturday, May 14. In the past few months, I've had the opportunity to visit the brewery twice as part of Cellar Society (I'm a member) and media tasting events.
Between these visits, I sampled eight beers spanning a wide range of styles including saisons, stouts, Flanders-style red ale, spelt ale with coffee and cinnamon, and even a Kvass (Baltic-inspired ale fermented with bread yeast). The one constant—they were all excellent! Christian DeBenedetti and brewer Jake Miller have done an amazing job of making delicious beers in the converted barn that has been part of DeBenedetti's family home for a half century.
For more details about opening day, check out the news from Wolves and People below. In the mean time, here are a few pics from my recent visits that will give you an idea of what to expect. You're in for a real treat!!
|An amazing stout with cacao nibs|
|Jake Miller (left) and Christian DeBenedetti|
|Funky experiments = delicious beer|
|Media Preview taplist|
|The Soulboat, a former Smithsonian traveling exhibit|
|Doors made with wood salvaged from Rainier Brewery, built in 1884|
|Opens May 14!|
Everything you need to know about our Opening Day -- and beyond
Welcome! Our main doors were made from wood salvaged from the original Rainier Brewery, constructed in 1884.
We made it! After over two decades of dreaming and planning and two straight years of building out, we’re opening the doors at Wolves & People! We’re beyond excited to start pouring our wild and farmhouse beers for you all and know you’re ready, too. Thanks for all your support, enthusiasm, and patience. The little tasting room is coming together, and we have 16 picnic tables with umbrellas for shade and shelter. Here’s what to expect this weekend, rain or shine...
Beginning this Saturday, May 14th, will be tapping six to eight beers by the glass each Saturday from 2-8pm, beers subject to change as supplies last. In the coming month we’re planning to unveil the following on draft: a dry-hopped grisette, biere de garde, Belgian pale ale, assorted traditional and experimental saisons, wild ales, strong ales, a wild-ale/lager hybrid, an old ale, a wild farmhouse witbier, even a stout or two. What you taste in our tasting room may be a one-time beer, here today, gone tomorrow. A few notes that will make opening day and other coming events go well:
- Rain or shine. Dress appropriately. The beer garden is gravel.
- No minors whatsoever. Your ID will be checked. Please bring a valid driver’s license.
- No dogs or other pets allowed. Pets can be left in cars with windows wide open only.
- Please carpool. We have limited parking. Bring a designated driver for your group.
- Draft pours only currently. No growlers will be filled. No bottles are for sale yet (coming soon!). Of course, we have no barrel-aged beer for sale yet.
- Please do not park on Benjamin Road. You will be towed as this creates a safety hazard. If overflow parking is also full, please consider coming back another time. We’ll do our best to accommodate everyone! Please drive slowly and carefully on our narrow country road.
- Please do not wander around or park off the gravel in any part of the orchard or on neighbors’ property. This is a working farm. There are new tree plantings as well as holes, trenches, and other hazards. Please do not smoke or litter.
- Please respect fellow beer lovers, hosts, neighbors, and volunteers.
- Stay hydrated. We will have water stations and encourage you to chug our pristine well water. We make our beer with it!
- Consider a great meal before or after your visit at Ruddick/Wood, Storr’s Barbecue, or Recipe in Newberg, and Red Hills Market in Dundee.
- Cash is strongly preferred. All 12oz pours will be $5 for opening day, and may change later. Custom decorated glasses will be available for $10 each or two tickets (while supplies last).
- Official tee shirts, hats, stickers, and patches will be available for sale, while supplies last.
- We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. No limos, stretch numbers, or buses due to our narrow driveway. Always drink responsibly.
- You’re extra cool if you bike to the brewery! We’ll find a place to lock it up.
- Most of all, have fun!
That should do it. We are really looking forward to seeing you. Look for our May & June events calendar in a separate email shortly, and online. Thanks and see you soon! W&P
Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery
30203 NE Benjamin Road
Newberg, OR 97132