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7 Devils Brewery’s Expansion Complete!
By Annette Langenstein, Staff Writer

       I spoke with Annie Pollard, co-owner with her husband Carmen Matthews of the beautiful 7 Devils Brewery, located at 247 S. 2nd Street in Coos Bay. They have been open about eleven months now, and have 17 employees. And patrons will be glad to know they’ve just completed their “Community Room” which doubles their pub seating!

    Before the brewery opened, Carmen and Annie generated cash by offering some investing opportunities for the community. “We opened the possibility for 300 investors and we had all 300 of them four days before we opened,” said Annie. “We did it again for the construction of the community room. This time, we had 248 investors, which allowed us to deck out our expansion with locally-made art and furniture, and a state-of-the-art sound system for our musicians.” 

The very busy duo of Carmen Matthews and Annie Pollard, co-owners of 7 Devils Brewery in Coos Bay.

When I asked Annie if there will be another opportunity for investing, she replied, “We’re going to give people one more chance to invest on our one-year anniversary, October 30, 2014.  A $100 investment is good for two free beverages a week on Wednesdays and Sundays for a full year. The money raised will go toward buying locally-made stained glass and paintings for the Community Room.”

    More expansion plans for the Ford building include a wine bar and on the other side will be a barbeque and pizza shop on the west side; people are already lined up to open both.

    Right now 7 Devils has 7 beers and 1 cider on tap. Their beers are offered at 12 locations in Coos Bay, North Bend, Bandon, Port Orford, and Florence, and they provide brews to go if you have an airtight glass container with a screw top. On Thursday, October 9, they’re getting a new double batch fermenter, which will expand their brewing capacity by 20%. This makes a 100% increase in brewing in the first year!

    So why did these young folks open a brewery in Coos Bay? “We decided to open a brewery here because we truly love this town, we love beer, the craftsman movement, and pubs. We think that here in Coos Bay we deserve good things, too!” said Annie.  And check out their new beer delivery vehicle that is a bicycle built for two—kegs, that is!

    Annie had some advice for other young entrepreneurs: “Doing this was very hard...it took about six years of work...we didn’t quit our day jobs for the first five years. Always have a back-up plan, and you have to truly believe in your product.”

       7 Devils Brewery is open at 11 am Wednesday-Sunday, closing at 10 pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. They have live music every night. Give them a call at 541-808-3738 or stop by and see for yourself the great brew pub that everyone’s talking about! www.7devilsbrewery.com

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