About Wild River Brewing & Pizza Company
Jerry and Bertha Miller established Miller's Shady Oaks Pizza Deli in Cave Junction in June of 1975. We expanded to Brookings Harbor in 1980 where son Darrel and his wife Becky manage the restaurant. With the theme "Blame us if your life goes to Pizzas", we have always put our energy, resources, and imaginations to the test creating great food from fresh ingredients. With an interest in old-world crafts and a desire to add beverages that matched the flavor and quality of the foods in our restaurants, we ventured into the brewing world. And so in 1990, using the name Steelhead Brewery, we began brewing our award winning beer.
Our desire to build an establishment using new ideas and concepts in the restaurant and brewing industry led to the birth of our Grants Pass facility. There we had space to install old-world, wood-fired ovens and a 15 BBL brewhouse with 5 fermenting tanks, 4 bright beer tanks, and a bottling line capable of 1800 BBL per year.
Back when the idea for the Grants Pass expansion was germinating, we were having an identity crisis with the name of our business. The name "Pizza Deli" was a generic term and we wanted a name that would reflect the fact that we were also a brewery (remember that up until then, we had used the name Steelhead Brewery). Hence, in 1994, Wild River Brewing & Pizza Company was chosen as our new identity. Being in the heart of beautiful river country in Southern Oregon made it a natural choice.
In 1994 we opened the Wild River Pub in Grants Pass. The Wild River Pub also has a large Publick House area that is designed for receptions, meetings, conferences, and any function where a large group of people can gather and enjoy a great meal.
Our newest location is in Medford. The perfect blend of great food in a casual family setting or great micro-brews on tap in the bar section—you can have both at Wild River Medford. The wood-fired ovens and cooking areas are clearly visible, welcoming you into the restaurant.
We would like to thank all of our loyal customers who continue to make Wild River a success. All of us here at Wild River look forward to serving you in the future.