A total of 409 new breweries opened in the United States in 2012. Here's one of the first to open in 2013.
Arch Rock is a very small brewery in Gold Beach, OR (actually just down the road, in Hunter Creek), which opened on January 25, 2013. Only two
beers (a lager and a porter) were available when I visited, though
apparently they have just added a pale ale. As they grow, they plan to
add seasonals and others (IPA, triple, stout). So far they are making
15-barrel batches, and the brews are available at several local bars and
restaurants, as well as in 32oz and 64oz growlers at the brewey. A small
taproom fronts the brewery, but it didn’t appear to be in
operation yet. I had a chance to talk briefly with the friendly owner, Larry, and the brewer, Charles. Charles worked at Uinta Brewing in Salt Lake City for five
years and later at Grand Teton Brewing in Idaho.
Gold Beach Lager
Has a mild grassiness, and low hop nose. Hazy dull yellow color, with a creamy off-white
head. The initial flavor is of slightly harsh grass and grain / mid palate is lightly sweet, with milled
cereal notes / pleasant traces of bitterness in final. Thin-medium body. Actually, a bit
heavy for a lager. Not bad at all, though.
State of Jefferson Porter
This one features a smooth chocolate aroma. It's pitch black, with translucent edges. A gentle coffee initial / chocolate notes come out in mid palate / very good balance in
the finish. Medium body. Though it was served too cold, it's a pleasant,
I'll certainly stop in again next time I'm in the area to see how they are developing.