Covered Bridge Brewing Group is comprised of local friends with a vision to bring craft beer, coffee and house-made beverages to the community of Cottage Grove.
We have plenty of room inside and out with ample social distancing space! We want our customers to not only be safe and healthy, but feel safe coming into our tasting room. We work to continually sanitize and maintain a fun and safe space for all to enjoy.
We have two outdoor seating areas, our front patio area complete with custom bike racks after a long day’s ride; and our back beer garden, which partners with local food trucks, that brings a variety of local flavor pairings together with our craft beverages.
Our vision is that our community will have a place to work and gather, in an inviting space, with quality service. We want everyone to relax while connecting and enjoying conversation with friends and family, while having some of the finest locally crafted beer, coffee, and uniquely flavored house-made sodas and beverages.
Nate Sampson, our award-winning craft brewer, is creating signature beers, ciders, and sodas brewed in-house with the finest local northwest ingredients.
We proudly feature Laurel Mountain Coffee roasted locally in small batches to bring out the freshest organic flavors in every cup.
We also source locally, as we also live and play in Cottage Grove, and we hope to showcase all that Cottage Grove has to offer. Our location on the corner of Highway 99 and Main Street is the gateway to the historic downtown district, making us a destination location!
Nate Sampson brings a scientific approach to the brewing platform and has almost three decades of brewing experience. As a former professional microbiologist, Nate relies on structure-oriented brewing as the base of his brew house prowess. On top of that, layer on a naturally creative flavor profile that rounds out a full-spectrum of high quality brewed beers.
His award-winning beers and ciders have garnered accolades from GABF (Great American Beer Festival), World Beer Cup, GLINTCAP, and World Beer Awards, among several others.
Nate has also performed multiple capital improvement projects including: equipment design and installations, brewery consultation, and designing and outfitting quality assurance laboratories.
I am a native Oregonian, raised in Roseburg, and now a resident of Cottage Grove for the past 5 years. Upon graduating high school, I joined the Navy, and spent the next decade serving the military and traveling the world.
I returned to Oregon in 2001, and went to work in IT with companies such as Symantec Corporation, Hewlett Packard, and Orthopedic Healthcare. With a career spanning 30 years of IT, a different career was needed and what better career than Coffee! Having been a home roaster of coffee for over 10 years, a change to commercial coffee roasting was in the future; giving specialty coffee a start in my new home town.
Being raised by a family of entrepreneurs, from my great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents, it is no wonder I am an entrepreneur! I grew up in the family businesses and knew that I wanted to be in business for myself. However, when it was time to pick a major in college, entrepreneur was not a choice. So, I chose business administration, with a major in accounting, as I have a passion and drive for business.
I have been doing accounting and taxes most of my working life, but not enjoying what I do. One day, in my young 20’s on a trip up to South Lake Tahoe, my brother and I stumbled upon the Brewery at Lake Tahoe. I was floored that they brewed their own beers, as I didn’t know that was a thing! I always thought the only beer available was what the store had to offer. Ever since that day, I found my passion for craft beer. In my travels, I would seek out breweries to try their brews.
Many years later, I met a wonderful brewer, Nate, at the brewery I was working at as a bartender. I also met Dave and Liza at that same brewery, who introduced me to the best coffee I have ever had! Nate and I are now partners in life and have partnered with Dave and Liza in our venture to open a local small-town brewery and coffee house to serve our great little town of Cottage Grove, Oregon, utilizing my passion for business, craft beer, and coffee!
Coming from early pioneers of Oregon on both sides of my family, and raised on a small farm in Creswell where we also raised our food, I was taught to live a sustainable and creative life and want to give back to my world in some way.
I’ve enjoyed community service through 4-H, FFA, and volunteering in youth organizations for many years. I have also worked in various service industries, manufacturing, and I currently work in the medical field. I enjoy taking care of people.
So, when we decided to open a business in our town, I couldn’t be more excited to create a welcoming space with warm hospitality. I look forward to serving you, our customers, and giving you the best experience possible!