Monday, June 18, 2012

Talking Trials: 5 Breweries worth visiting in Eugene

This is the first feature for the Talking Trials series. I'll be getting into Eugene this Friday and will be covering everything from the races, to the nightlife, to the morning runs and everything else that you won't see on television. If there's something you think I should cover while in Eugene, send me an email

Portland, along with Asheville, NC, is known as Beer City, USA. Let's just say there's a nice spillover of excellent beer about two hours south down the I-5. Here are some breweries well worth your time if you'll be visiting Eugene this week for the 2012 Olympic Team Track and Field Trials. If can't get enough or don't have time during the trials, check out Eugene Beer Week every year in May. Cheers!

5 Breweries worth visiting in Eugene

Falling Sky Brewing
30 East 13th Avenue

Recently featured in Draft Magazine's "8 New Oregon Breweries you should know," Falling Sky has "creative-but-not-too-wacky house beers and a locavore’s dream pub-grub menu."
1243 High Street

One of the three McMenamin brewpubs, High Street is known for it's excellent outdoor beer garden and is "the first microbrewery in Eugene since the days of Prohibition."

Ninkasi Brewing
272 Van Buren Street

After Pre, I made a stop to the brewery and beer garden at Ninkasi and had a blast. They had a yacht rock cover band playing outside and I enjoyed a Total Domination IPA in this truly Eugene neighborhood.

Oakshire Brewing
1055 Madera Street

I've never had Oakshire, but I can't wait to try it. It comes highly recommended. They are big on single batch beers and recently had a "Black Jack Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter." Need I say more?

Rogue Ales Public House (aka Track Town Ales)
844 Olive Street

Another stop on my recent Eugene trip, Track Town Ales is going to be a hot spot during the trials. They will have shuttles running to and from the trials every day and trivia, a Track & Field Arcade game challenge and more.

Worth Mentioning: 
1580 East 15th Street (beside Hayward Field)

This will be right by Hayward and will likely be a fan favorite. Deschutes won't be brewing beer, but they should have a nice selection of their excellent beers.

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