Wineries, breweries and a distillery
Looking to try a new tasting room or taproom? From Bine Valley Brewing to Divine Distillers, there are a handful of new names in town. Meanwhile, several local favorites, including St. Innocent Winery and Salem Ale Works, have moved to new locations. Here are 10 new places to drink near Salem, Oregon:
Cória Estates, in Salem, moved its tasting room to a new facility in July 2017. Sitting atop the estate’s sprawling, 130-acre property, the new tasting room is surrounded by 94 acres of Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It offers a large patio where you can take in breathtaking views of the Willamette Valley and five mountains – Mount Jefferson, Mount Adams, Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens and South Sister - on a clear day.
Benedictine Brewery and St. Michael Taproom
The Benedictine Brewery and St. Michael Taproom at Mount Angel Abbey, a monastic community founded in 1882, is scheduled to open in September 2018. One of just three breweries in the United States that is owned and operated by monks, the brewery uses hops grown on Abbey land and water from the monks’ well. Until the brewery opens, you can purchase Benedictine beer at the Abbey bookstore.
After home brewing for more than a decade, Dan Miletta opened Ratchet Brewery, in Salem, in late 2017. He’s known for his IPAs, but Miletta also doesn’t shy away from creating non-traditional beers like his award-winning Lime Nut Kolsch. The brewery has both indoor and outdoor seating and usually has a food truck parked out front.
Salem Ale Works
Salem Ale Works nearly quintupled in size when it moved to its new Salem location in 2017. The taproom features 14 taps, from light ales to bold stouts, guest ciders and wine by the glass. More recently, the brewery added a culinary team to serve lunch, dinner and dessert. The menu offers items such as burgers, salads and build-your-own grilled cheese sandwiches.
Bine Valley Brewing
Taking over the former Salem Ale Works space, Bine Valley Brewing opened its doors in late 2017. Pouring hand-crafted pilsners, IPAs and porters, the brewery creates very small batches that can only be tasted in the taproom. The brewery features two to three new brews a month and always has a cider on tap.
St. Innocent Winery
Mark Vlossak, the founder and winemaker of St. Innocent Winery, produced his first vintage in the Willamette Valley in 1988. Thirty years later, Vlossak founded Enchanted Way Vineyards in Jefferson, Oregon, with a dream of creating a place to make great wine and have fun. The nearly 48-acre property is planted with acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and heirloom apple trees. Ground has been broken on a new winery, but until it’s finished, you can taste wine and light bites throughout the week inside a cozy, two-story cabin located on the property.
Salem’s first craft distillery, Divine Distillers, opened this summer. The distillery specializes in brandies and rums made from local ingredients. Jason Greenwood, the owner and distiller, works to preserve and highlight the flavors of these local ingredients in his spirits. You can trace this flavor profile during one of the distillery’s farm-to-glass tastings, which allow you to taste the fruit, the fermented juice and the distilled spirit.
Legacy Estate Vineyard
Eola Hills’ brand new tasting room at Legacy Estate Vineyard is surrounded by 160 acres of wine grapes and forests. Located 10 minutes outside of downtown Salem, the vineyard features a spring-fed pond, large patio and spectacular valley views. It also hosts events, including concerts, yoga and guided cycling tours, throughout the summer and permits on-site camping with a minimum $50 wine purchase.
b² Taphouse & Brewery
b² Taphouse moved to a larger location earlier this year. Right down the road from its former Salem home, the family-friendly taphouse is also a restaurant and brewery. It has an in-house kitchen, indoor and outdoor seating areas and plans to move its brewing operation to the taphouse soon.
West Salem’s first brewery, Xicha Brewing, fuses fresh, Latin American food with house-brewed European ales and lagers. Alongside tacos, empanadas and churros, the brewery also serves margaritas and Mexican-style beers. The beers are created with the food in mind, with each beer having a recommended food pairing.
Keep an eye out for: Salt Creek Cider House
A family-owned business in Dallas, Oregon, Salt Creek Cider House produces fresh, hand-crafted hard cider. The cider is made with all local fruit, with no sugar added. Construction is underway on the cider house, but an opening date has not yet been set.