The backstory of 7 Devils Brewing Co.
“One of these days I’ll start a brewery,” said Co-owner and CEO of 7 Devil’s Brewing Company, Annie Pollard. “Then a decade went by and no one did.”
Entrepreneur or biologist? Actually, Pollard is both. She moved to Coos Bay, Ore. in 2003 to do research at the Charleston Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. Her science education allowed her to spend her winters in Antarctica and summers in the States. However, this lifestyle wasn’t suitable for family life and after a decade of living in Coos Bay with her husband, Carmen Matthews she decided to think about a career change. At the time the couple was brewing small batches in their garage. Pollard’s science background definitely contributed to their beer’s success but her and her husband have always loved brewing and drinking beer.
“Carmen is very well-rooted in this community,” said Pollard. “Everybody knew Carmen.”
In fact, according to Pollard, Matthew was the Regional Manager of Dutch Bros in which she identifies as one of the main contributors to their success as a brewing company. His connection with the community allowed a lot of opportunity and support to follow his dreams.
“When we finally made the call that this is what we were going to do,” said Pollard. “We started brewing on a larger scale in our garage. Instead of doing just homebrews, we actually bought a pretty significant home brew system. We were brewing 30 gallons at a time.”
Using all grain, the couple started their recipe development. This left a byproduct of a significant amount of beer that they couldn’t drink or sell, so instead they invited everyone over to fill up their growlers in exchange for critiques. At the same time, they were also looking for funding sources and a location to start their business.
“A friend of ours, David Ford, owned the building,” said Pollard. “He knew we were looking for a spot and he asked us if we’d partner with him.”
The building located on S. 2ndstreet is almost a completely different building than what is was years ago. According to Pollard, the building was just a shell with good walls but terrible floors and when they drilled underneath they could see the tide coming in and out. In fact, the whole down-town area is built on dredge soil, an area that used to be a marsh field and a part of the bay. All of that area needed to be filled in along with a lot of other cosmetic repairs. Then, within three years, in 2013, 7 Devils Public House opened their doors at 247 S. 2ndSt in Coos Bay, Ore.