Our story begins in 2010 in the garage of seasoned home brewer Levi Allen, where he was teaching his new friend Trevor Frazier to brew beer. Two craft beer enthusiasts with a particular taste for fresh, local, high quality beer.
After our family moved to our wives' hometown of Reedsport, a town that had never seen a brewery, we began brewing together regularly on the weekends. Although we missed having a local pub to go drink fresh beer, we soon filled the void by making our own while enjoying it in the company of our family in our own homes.
We found that as much time and effort as it took to brew and condition 10 gallon batches at a time, we looked forward to brew day almost as much as we enjoyed drinking the beer. We both found a growing passion to brew better beer together and wanted to take our hobby to the next level. So we decided we wanted to make this our career and create a new lifestyle for our family.
Building off of a name given to us by our father in law, along with the idea of building a brewery in a pub with a gigantic copper bar top, we found our direction was built around our family and developed into creating a place for our community to enjoy.
After several years of home brewing, research, networking, sensory development, and lots of late night talks with delicious beers, we found a suitable building in Old Town Reedsport, built a business plan that captured our vision and found investors.
After nearly another year of demolition, construction, and innovation with the help of our family in one of the most character rich buildings we've ever seen, our dreams finally came true and we opened the Defeat River Brewery & Public House in June of 2016.
Our pub is the result of countless hours of thoughtful planning mixed with a lot of luck, craftsmanship, and grit. Our beer is a glimpse into our combined personalities and taste preferences, and we won't tap anything in the pub that we wouldn't enjoy drinking ourselves.
We continue to operate the pub with the hope that people who arrive as strangers, after being treated with the same care we extend to our family, while enjoying our delicious beer, leave for wherever they call "home" knowing they've found a very special place.
Levi & Trevor