Coin Toss Brewing Co.

Drink History!

Hours of Operation

Thursdays & Fridays - 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Saturdays - 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sundays - 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Open as of February 13, Coin Toss Brewing is the newest brewery to settle in Oregon City!

Like so many pioneers before him, local radio personality Tim Hohl takes his homebrewing hobby to the next level.

Coin Toss Brewing Co. offers a variety of signature brews available by the pint, growler or keg. We are committed to crafting the finest beers in honor of Portland’s illustrious history.

The Coin Toss moniker is a nod to the fateful event that determined Portland’s name.

Although Asa Lovejoy may have lost that toss to Francis Pettygrove, we would like to reach through the years and tell him: Heads or Tails?

It’s Beer. You Win!

The Beer

At Coin Toss Brewing Co., we serve a traditional lineup of handcrafted beer along with our Heritage Series, brewed from historical recipes.

Half Penny Lager

Light, crisp and refreshing. Brewed with 2-row pale malt, flaked rice & lightly hopped with Hersbrucker & Nugget. 4.2% ABV | 10 IBU

George’s Honest Ale

The inaugural Heritage Series beer is our interpretation of a recipe originally brewed by George Washington at Mount Vernon. Sweet molasses plays an integral role in this beer, as do Cluster hops and six-row pale malt. These ingredients closely resemble those used by our Founding Father in the 1700s. Lightly carbonated as true to style. 6.0% ABV | 25 IBU

1845 Amber Lager

Our latest Heritage Series beer is our interpretation of what may have been brewing in the Oregon Territory around the time of the historic Lovejoy versus Pettygrove coin toss in 1845. Brewed with 2-row pale & dark crystal malt, Northern Brewer hops & warm-fermented with lager yeast. 5.5% ABV | 48 IBU

Apricot Saison

A delicious combination of 2-row pale, wheat & rye malt, Sorachi Ace hops & 88 pounds of apricot puree! 6.3% ABV | 28 IBU

Heads Red | NW Red Ale

A Northwest-style red ale, brewed with Northwest Pale, Munich, Caramel, Victory and Black malts and hopped with Chinook, Centennial and Crystal. 5.7% ABV | 42 IBU

Nine Eyes IPA

Our house IPA features a blend of five grains and generous amounts of Galena, Chinook and Cascade hops in the boil. Dry-hopped with Equinox and Azacca to make a traditional yet tropical beer. Named for the Pacific Lamprey which are indigenous to Oregon City's Willamette Falls and harvested each year as part of a Native American tradition. 6.6% ABV | 65 IBU

The Weinhard IPA

An easy-drinking & Citra-forward IPA brewed in collaboration with our friends at The Weinhard Grill in downtown Oregon City. 6.0% ABV 58 IBU

Black Hohl | Cascadian Dark Ale

The flagship brew of Coin Toss Brewing. Dark and hoppy with a malty backbone and a hint of roast. Two-row, Crystal, Victory and Chocolate malts are complemented by Columbus, Chinook, Centennial & Cascade hops. 6.0% ABV | 68 IBU

Pie Hohl | Cherry Ginger Stout

Originally brewed for the Holiday Ale Festival in Portland. Two-row pale malt, roasted barley, crystal, flaked oats and 3 lbs. ginger root made up this 10-barrel batch. Hopped with Nugget, Galena and Northern Brewer and finished with 44 lbs. of sour cherries. Drink it down your Pie Hohl! 6.0% ABV | 35 IBU

Imperial Pilsner *** NEW RELEASE***

Our biggest beer to date! We got a little crazy and put 32 pounds of noble hops into this beautiful beer. It clocks in at 8.4% ABV & 58 IBU.


The Story

A Coin Toss Named Portland, Oregon

The two New England natives who founded Portland—called The Clearing at the time—both vied for the bragging rights of naming the 640-acre locale after their respective hometowns.

Pioneers Asa Lovejoy from Boston Massachusetts and Francis Pettygrove of Portland, Maine split the site’s land claim, and in 1845 settled the decision on a coin toss.

Pettygrove won the best two-out-of-three coin toss in the parlor of the Francis Ermatinger House in Oregon City and the rest is history. Portland was incorporated in 1849, and the copper one-cent piece, minted in 1835 and now dubbed the Portland Penny, is on display at the Oregon Historical Society Museum.

Coin Toss Brewing Company was founded with a nod to the region’s rich history, its pioneering spirit, and for the event that named Beervana,
the center of the Craft Beer Universe!

Source: Mental Floss

Portland Penny

The Portland Penny
Image Credit: Oregon Historical Society

Coin Toss Brewing Logo

You might have noticed that Coin Toss Penny is smiling,
unlike her original counterpart.
It’s the beer.

Pettygrove and Lovejoy: Coin Tossers

Photo Credit: Buchino Blog

Ermatinger House

Site of the Historic Coin Toss

Located at 619 6th St. Oregon City, Oregon, it is one of ten entries on the Historic Preservation League of Oregon's Most Endangered Places in Oregon 2011 list. Unfortunately, due to damage from moving the structure, it is not open to the public. For more info:

Photo Credit: "Ermatinger House - Oregon City Oregon" by Ian Poellet - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The Coin Toss Brewing Team


Founder & Brewer

Tim Hohl has been an avid craft beer advocate and home brewer for nearly 20 years. For the past 14 years, Tim has developed strong roots in Portland’s craft beer community through his role as a radio broadcaster, news reporter and host of the award-winning weekly “Beer Geek” segment on Portland’s KPAM radio station.

Check out his KPAM Beer Geek Blog

Tim Hohl has been an avid craft beer advocate and home brewer for nearly 20 years.


Mentor & Beer Guru

Fleming is a veteran Oregon brewer and founder of Fleming Brewing Consultants, LLC. He currently serves as Brewmaster at Kells Brew Pub in Portland and general lead consultant for Mount Angel Abbey in Mount Angel, Oregon, which is the process of building the nation’s 2nd monastic brewery. He has served as head brewer at Lucky Lab in Portland, Silver Moon in Bend, and Lompoc Brewing in Portland.

Dave has overseen construction of Three Creeks Brewing in Sisters, served as general lead consultant at Coalition Brewing in Portland and assisted with the launch of McMenamins Saint Francis in Bend, Buoy Brewing in Astoria and Sunriver Brewing in Central Oregon.

Fleming is a veteran Oregon brewer and founder of Fleming Brewing Consultants, LLC.

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