A Beer and Cheese Daytrip to Tillamook, Oregon
By: Sarah Collins
For those in the greater Portland, Oregon area, Tillamook is an easy hour and a half to two-hour drive and is often neglected as one of the better daytrip destinations. Last week, my boyfriend and I made the beautiful drive out to the coast through the Tillamook forest to treat ourselves to day filled with cheese and beer. If you’re looking to do the same, here’s some of the places you should be sure to stop by:
The Tillamook Creamery – I’ve been coming here since I was little and it truly never get’s old! It’s been recently remodeled and now has a modern look and feel.
We started by walking around the educational section upstairs, where you can learn about dairy farming and how cheese is made. They offer a birds eye view into their factory and it’s cool to see how it all works! At the end of the self-guided tour, you have an opportunity to try some of their cheeses; my favorites were the cheddar curds and Swiss cheese.
Next we made our way to the food court because there is no softer ice cream, than Tillamook brand, straight from the factory. There were also food options that looked amazing, but we weren’t quite hungry enough for a full-blown meal.
Before we left we also did some shopping at their HUGE gift shop section. We of course purchased some cheese, but also picked up a couple stickers while we were at it.
Blue Heron French Cheese Company – This was a last minute addition to our day, but a fun stop nonetheless! They have a little outdoor area with a petting zoo, face in the hole paintings and picnic tables. Inside there is a large gift shop, café and wine tasting area. Normally we’d indulge in the wine, but decided against it this trip since we had a few beer stops already on the agenda. We tried their brie cheeses, and particularly enjoyed the peppercorn variety!
Pelican Brewing Company – Living in Oregon, we have Pelican beer on a regular basis, but we had yet to visit their new(ish) Tillamook location. It was a nice chill day when we visited so we decided to sit outside on their patio and play a game while we sipped.
We got a sampler, so we could try some of the newer beers, and it came in an awesome tasting tray! We really liked the Beak Bender, an IPA brewed with Citra and El Dorado hops, which they describe as “Hoppinated.” We also enjoyed the Mother of All Storms, an English-style barley wine aged in bourbon barrels. I’ve been on a barley wine quest, because it’s receiving so much hype, but I rarely enjoy them and it gives me FOMO! This has been the first one to-date that I could actually drink a full glass of – so I definitely recommend trying it this season!
De Garde Brewing – I was really excited to finally visit De Garde, because if you’ve been following my blog for any length of time you know I LOVE SOURS! It was really busy when we visited and we were trying to get on the road back home, so I regret how little of time we were able to stay. However, I did get a glass of The Orchard, which was recommended by the bartender as the sourest on the menu and was packed with peachy goodness! I also picked up a bottle of The Blackberry, which I believe we’ll be cracking into for Christmas.