New brew to benefit first responders

July 1, 2020 — A Yachats-area firefighter and registered nurse have teamed up with Yachats Brewing to make a special batch of “barley pop” (also known as beer) to benefit local First Responders. 

When they’re not on the job or raising their two children, Jeff Gillies and his wife Alysha, have a unique way of spending time together: 

They malt barley.

Driven by a desire to find locally sourced ingredients for his home brewing hobby, Jeff realized there was a shortage of locally grown and malted barley. 

So, the couple worked with local farmers and learned the craft of transforming specialty raw grain into a building block of tasty beer. 

They formed Tiller Malt Company and now supply local brewers and bakers with craft malt. 

Remnants of Yachats’ logging roots backdrop the vibrant color, texture and flavor of locally grown produce, pasture raised meats, hand crafted brews and house-fermented vegetables. 

Their Sauerkraut, Kim Chi and Garlic Dill Pickles bring living food fans from far and wide, featuring 30 taps, including 15-20 of their award-winning beers and house made probiotic beverages. 

Recently, Yachats Brewing’s Head Brewer, Aaron Gillham, collaborated with Tiller Malt to brew more than 2,400 pints of a Session IPA, called First Responder. 

“First Responders have kept us safe, now it’s our duty to repay them,” said Gillham. 

In collaboration with Tiller Malt Company, Yachats Brewing will donate 100 percent of proceeds from this beer to Yachats local first responders affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The proceeds will be distributed via grants from IAFF Local 1660 to help first responders with expenses resulting from the pandemic. 

Grant applications can be found at

Yachats Brewing is also buying a First Responder beer for any local First Responder that shows their employee badge at Uptown Beer Co. in Portland or their Scholls Ferry Road location, while supplies last. 

First Responder beer can be purchased and delivered through Uptown Beer Co.’s online store as well.


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