Wolves and People opened their doors to the public in May of 2016. Founded by Christian DeBenedetti, they create small-batch farmhouse beers that are uniquely Oregon. This last weekend they celebrated their anniversary with special beers, rare guest taps, live music, and food.
Brewery & Tasting Room: 30203 NE Benjamin Rd, Newberg, OR 97132
Hours: Friday 4-8pm, Saturday 12-8pm, Sunday 12-6pm
Bottle & Merch Sales: Tuesday through Friday 11am-5pm
Their farmhouse beers are made with primarily local ingredients, most right from the farm that the brewery sits on. They use their own well water, cultivate their own wild yeasts, and utilize things grown on the property. Aged and blended beers are common, some that appeal to the more adventurous beer drinker.
On the hot day I visited, each of these beers were delicious and refreshing:
- 🍺 Sebastian Cherry 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4.25) Tart and lush with rich, pie spice-like notes, our Sebastian Cherry is a blend of several oak-aged Sebastian saisons refermented in the cask with local Montmorency cherries.
- 🍺 Sebastian Plum 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4.25) This French oak barrel-aged saison, a blend of choice casks of various ages from our cellar fermented with Sebastian yeast and multiple strains of Brettanomyces and ripe Italian plums from the farm (from the same tree we got the yeast from originally), balances complex flavors of oak, ripe stone fruits, and tart melon rind.
- 🍺 LO3 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4.25) Dry-hopped with Hallertau Blanc and Mandarina Bavaria, then aged gently with Brett and Lacto in Old Tom gin barrels.
- 🍺 WP1 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4) Barrel-aged Belgian pale ale, minerality apparent
Wolves and People Brewery and Tasting Room
An outdoor patio is available during the warmer weather months, with occasional food on-site. It’s a charming weekend destination spot. From Southeast Portland, it was only about a half hour drive. I’m not an avid wine drinker, but the Newberg area is definitely wine country. There are other stops to make if you need to justify the trip.
Developing a brewery within an old barn has created the quintessential farmhouse experience. It houses a 7-barrel system, fermentation and bright tanks, and aging wood barrels. The space also holds a small tasting room that’s open on weekends.
A vintage refrigerator holds every packaged beer that Wolves and People has ever produced. Lining the top are special bottles that spell out “Wolves People”. There are many other charming elements to the place, but I’ll let you discover those for yourself.
Wolves and People are slated to release cans for the first time over the next three months. Each will be a hazy farmhouse IPA style. The first will be an elderflower and lindenberry blossom brew in July, a coastal berry blend in August, and a yet-to-be-disclosed variation for September. Check out the can designs below.