Steps Coin Toss is Taking to Re-Open

While state laws are allowing breweries to reopen their taprooms for business, they still must be careful about the reopening process.

Coin Toss Brewing in Oregon City, Oregon only seats 21 people at full capacity inside the taproom. That’s why, to be safe, the inside is closed, but the outside has been expanded.

Founder Tim Hohl said they had already been informally talking about ways to expand the outdoor area, but it wasn’t until COVID hit that it became a high priority.

“Turns out the outdoor space is such a hit with customers that we wish we’d done it sooner, especially the serving window,” Hohl said.

An added serving window allows customers to order directly from the patio, which was reopened June 6, accompanying the release of a “Thank You” beer, Pale it Forward, which is dedicated to Coin Toss’ supportive customers. 

Two nights a week, a food truck will sit at the brewery, with additional tables in the parking spaces next to the food truck. Additional picnic tables, Adirondack chairs & two large patio sails for cover opened the space up even more.

With such limited space even when at full capacity indoors, Coin Toss chose to be safe by keeping the indoor taproom closed for now.

“We just don’t have enough space to protect the safety of our customers and staff, which is why we chose to focus on our outdoor seating,” Hohl said.

Along with extra safety concerns addressed, signage detailing social distancing guidelines is posted indoors and out, all staff are required to wear masks while on the clock, and customers are encouraged to wear masks.

The only time customers come inside is to order or to use the bathroom, but they must notify the bartender before going inside.

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