Nate Sampson brings a scientific approach to the brewing platform and has almost 3 decades of brewing experience. As a former professional microbiologist Nate relies on structure-oriented brewing as the base of his brew house prowess. Then 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.
Laurel Mountain Coffee Roasting
A native Oregonian raised in Roseburg and 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.
Accounting Finance Manager
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!
Front of House and Social Media
Coming from early pioneers of Oregon on both side of my family and raised on a small farm in Creswell where we raised our food I was taught to live a sustainable and creative life and wanting to give back to my world in some way. I've enjoyed community service through 4-H and FFA and volunteering in youth organizations for many years. I also worked in the 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 our customers giving them the best experience possible!