Restaurants and bars across the metro area have been finding creative ways to serve customers outdoors during the pandemic, but anyone who requires a little more distance from other people can soon sip beer far from the city, in the middle of a Willamette Valley hop yard.
Crosby Hop Farm, located about 30 miles south of Portland in Woodburn, has carved out space among its towering rows of hop bines for a picturesque beer garden that places drinkers right at the source of one of the key ingredients.
TopWire Hop Project features a bar constructed out of a shipping container serving a rotating tap list of eight beers and one cider produced by brewers from across the country that use Crosby's aromatic green cones. There will also be a booze-free option in the form of a seltzer water.
Although launching a new establishment where people will want to congregate during a public health crisis might sound risky, Crosby's acreage has allowed it to set up tables for customers at least 8 feet apart. Visitors can expect other safety measures to be in place as well, like 6-foot markers for anyone waiting in line at the bar, hand sanitizer stations, and free disposable masks.
The fifth-generation hop grower will start welcoming patrons to TopWire on Friday, July 24. From there, it will be open Thursday through Sunday. Kids and leashed dogs are welcome.