Currently, the brewery only opens its doors on Fridays from 4-8p.m. for dock sales and tasting room. The warehouse-like space in an industrial complex comes alive when the doors roll open with a band, food truck parked outside and some casual games of bean-bag tossing called “Cornhole.”
There are 5 taps of a rotating selection brewed on-site and one cider from Corvallis. The brewer, Trevor and his business partner, Mercy are on hand to serve pints, answer questions and participate in the subtle ambiance. The beers are good, distinctive, and very obviously crafted with care.
The only way to follow Claim 52 for now is on Facebook. Join their page to get updates on what’s on tap for the evening and what band will be the soundtrack to your Friday happy hour.
When I visited, Django jazz band Manouche Noir paired their musical stylings to the afterwork crowd. I tried both the red and the stout and both were very well-done. Gastronomad was the food truck offering up fresh tacos, with vegetarian choices. Minors are welcome, and contribute to the community vibe. The folks are nice, the logo is great, and best of all, the beer is REALLY good.
Be sure to go check out Claim 52 while it’s still a well-managed secret.