Thursday, April 17, 2014

Supporting Local Beers and Local Brides at Seven Brides Brewing in Silverton Oregon

So I have to admit, I was a little disappointed to learn Seven Brides Brewing was not named after one of my favorite musicals, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.  However, it still has a cute story behind the name and bless your beautiful hide, some delicious beers to go along with the name.  (Thank you to the two of you out there who understand my movie reference.) 

Seven Brides Brewing Silverton Oregon

Seven Brides is a brewery in Silverton, Oregon, just outside of Oregon’s capital city, Salem.  It celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2013.  As their menu explains, Seven Brides was started in 2008 by three dads and two uncles who decided they would earn money to pay for their seven daughters’ weddings by brewing and selling beer.  The first beers they brewed were named after each of the daughters.  Also, they are committed to using local products, including Oregon hops, yeast from Odell, and grain from Vancouver, Washington.

We visited the brewery because they serve lunch, brew beer, and are dog friendly.  Unfortunately, on a rainy day, their dog friendly policy isn’t really possible.  While our pooches stayed in the car, we ate lunch in this brewery’s simple dining area and sampled their brews.   The brewery’s fare is nothing fancy, but well executed, and the staff is friendly.  Seven Brides Brewing always has their signature lineup available, but also offers special selections as well.  I ordered one of the special selections, but was given the option of tasting it first.  Thank goodness, because it was not quite to my taste.  It was a dark beer with a strong taste of cherries, which in theory sounded good, but wasn’t a very good lunch choice.  However, Becky’s Black Cat Porter, one of the signature brews, was creamy, chocolaty, and delicious.   Seven Brides Brewing’s other signature brews include Franken Lou’s, a hoppy bitter IPA, Lil’s Pils, a floral pilsner, Lauren’s Pale Ale (LPA), a hoppy ale, Emily’s Ember, a red ale, Oatmeal Ellie, a coffee oatmeal stout, Paige’s Purple Wheat, with locally grown blueberries, Hazelblock, a hazelnut pilsner, Abiqua Black IPA, Drunkle, and Bridezilla, an Imperial IPA.  

Becky’s Black Cat Porter Seven Brides Brewing
Becky's Black Cat Porter
Silverton is a small town.  In fact, the city council was holding a meeting in the brewery while we were enjoying our lunch.  Salem and neighboring Silverton are usually bypassed by travelers for Portland or the Oregon coast, so our waitress was quite surprised we were spending part of our vacation in the area.  However, we had a great time in Salem and Silverton, and I highly recommend taking a day or two to visit the area, and while you’re there, visit Seven Brides Brewing and help these men fund seven weddings!

Seven Brides Brewing is located at 990 North 1st Street, Silverton, Oregon, and is open Wednesday through Sunday.

Katherine Belarmino has been traveling for over ten years on a quest to see as much of the world as possible, experience new cultures, and sample other cuisines and libations. She also writes the travel blog Travel the World, which journals her world travels with her husband Romeo and seeks to encourage others to take the time to travel.