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Friends of Beer


There’s always time for a beer with good friends. FOB Taproom owner Steve Puga knows this well and has built his Canby tavern around this fraternizing fermented philosophy.

FOB, short for Friends of Beer, also includes family. Steve runs the taproom with his son, Mitch. Both are intimately involved with all aspects of the taproom, including carefully curating the ever-changing menu of 35 craft beers, ciders, wines and other beverages on draft.

“As a family-owned, independent business, we take a lot of pride in getting our hands on as many Northwest beers as we can,” Steve says. “At the same time, there are plenty of other beers out there that are delicious, and we always support the small companies and self-distributors.”

Steve continues, “If there’s delicious beer out there, I don’t care what country it’s from or what part of the U.S., we’re going to take a look at it. But we think very carefully about the different things we bring in, and what would be fun for the community to try.”

Besides an excellent selection of beers, Steve also focuses on the laid-back yet professional, inviting atmosphere. He even added a patio with glowing heaters attracting lager lovers and Pilsner people alike.

FOB’s German pub ambiance is influenced from Steve’s former career in supply chain logistics that took him overseas. “One thing that was really obvious about all the places I went to in Germany was that they were very open to all,” he recalls. “That’s what we’ve tried to create here. You can walk in whether you’re wearing a suit or a T-shirt and jeans. It’s very inviting to everybody.”

Just as enticing, especially for German bier fans, is FOBTOBERFEST, this year at Wait Park in Canby, Sept. 16–17. FOB’s take on Oktoberfest promises lagers, polka, pretzels and more. Find details online (see left) and social media.

So, for the “friendliest” tavern in town, hop over to FOB Taproom. Prost!

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