When we heard that Molalla River Brewing Company (MRBC) recently opened in — you guessed it — Molalla, we raced there as soon as we could. And since we also love local coffee shops, restaurants and boutique specialty stores, we decided to make a day of it and explore the gems and shopping finds Molalla's Main Street has to offer.
It also gave us the opportunity to properly visit The Humble Pig Café, which opened in 2019, but because of the COVID shutdowns, still feels brand new. (Also, we're going to go ahead with the obvious dad joke about our meal right now. We pigged out!)
After delicious success, we decided that one coffee drink just wasn't enough. We were off to The Prairie House Inn, which is also home to Cowboy Coffee, the cutest coffee shop around thanks to the beautiful architecture and loving upkeep of The Prairie House. Plus, the grounds are stunning, especially since they have been groomed for weddings and special events, so time spent inside or outside is something special. If you're hungry when you go, they have locally made pastries and full meals you can order. Next time, we'll make sure to bring our hollowed out leg to fit more food.
After coffee we set off on a hunt for locally made gems. We were not disappointed. We had quite a haul by the end of it. Whimsy's Chocolate Box, Las Delicias Bakery, Hoffman House Antique Mall, Back to the Racks, The Rustic Shed and Par Li Boutique all carry locally made goods in addition to their other specialty items.
Whimsy's Chocolate Box, a small, family owned shop, makes their own fudge and also carries local chocolates from other area chocolatiers. They also have a fun assorted of specialty gifts and offer unexpected painting classes, such as electric jellyfish and abstract elephants.
It was finally dinner time. MRBC offered a fun, vibrant end to the day. First off, yes, they will be brewing beer. They officially opened last month, so they're still getting everything set up and in order before they begin, but if you check out their event space, you'll see their new, shiny tanks. Second, they are very kid and dog friendly, so take everyone to see them. They have miniature golf, cornhole and other games to keep everyone entertained.
So you can act like a pro when you go, here's how things work. You can order beer, cider and other tapped or bottle beverages inside the tap house. Food you order at the food carts. There are two right now, but a third is coming shortly and they plan on having four in total. You can sit at any of their seating areas with or without beer, which takes the guesswork out of things. After that, just have fun!
We can already tell that this is going to be a hot hangout spot and can't wait to return to try their beers.
Thanks for a wonderful day, Molalla!
Molalla River Brewing Company's tap house has a slick, modern look, while still feeling warm and inviting. We can't wait to take advantage of the two sided, indoor/outdoor fireplace and large firepits.