We all enjoy a great beer with our friends. Beer builds friendships, and friendships build communities, and nothing exemplifies that more than Obec Brewing. In fact, Obec (pronounced obez or obetz) is a Czech word for community. Owners Wayne and Stacey have long been involved with the Czech Republic, the Czech Community and Czech Beer. They wanted their taproom to be an extension of their home and their community. The cozy couches, communal tables and relaxing patio is the perfect place to enjoy a beer with friends. The taproom is also an extension of the brewery. The open floor plan shows off one of the best-looking brewing operations in town. During our tours this is where I usually explain the brewing process. An outdoor mural, by mural artist Obec taproom server Jordan Atkinson, in the style of Czech painter Alphonse Mucha, ties in the themes of brewing, community, Bohemia and the Pacific Northwest.
Obec is known for its Czech inspired beers such as a pilsner, a Czech Dark, granat and much more. Brewing a great lager beer was not always fashionable in the craft brewing world. It is hard to do it right and it takes more time and patience than most ales. Obec is an example of how to do it right. Wayne is also inspired by brews from all around the world so you will always find great examples of IPAs, porters, English Ales and Belgian beers on tap and ready to enjoy.
To learn more about Obec, listen to this podcast with Wayne and Stacey from Into the Dark Blue.