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June 29, 2017 01:00 AM

I had my first sip of beer around the age of 14. I curiously asked my dad for a taste of his IPA. He raised an eyebrow, handed me the bottle, and I cautiously took a sip. 

The bitter hoppiness of it deterred me from beer, and alcohol itself, for a few more years.

June 29, 2017 01:00 AM

Beer scientist Dana Garves brewed her first batch of beer with her dad in their Seattle home’s basement when she was 17. Garves says her mom was furious, but the memory has fueled her love for craft beer ever since. 

Garves studied chemistry at the University of Oregon, where she put together a database of chemistry experiment resources for teachers from K-12 through grad school. She then took a job doing water quality testing at a local company in Eugene, but quickly found it unsatisfying.

June 29, 2017 01:00 AM

Just when you think this town can’t get any more into beer, or any more into hoppy beers, Eugene is like, “Hold my beer.”

In our annual State of Suds issue, we dive into the beer scene as we look at non-hoppy beers, Oregon hops’ immigrant history and brewfests and talk to a beer scientist about brews and feminism in the beer industry. 

June 29, 2017 01:00 AM

The bitter fruit of the hop plant is at the heart of Oregon’s burgeoning microbrew industry. Oregon is second in the country only to our northern neighbor in terms of hop production. While hops are ubiquitous in the crafting and marketing of Oregon brews, the history of hop cultivation by Chinese immigrants in the Northwest is largely an untold story.

June 15, 2017 01:00 AM

Butchering — cutting down an animal for food — is an art, a calling, a passion.  But for Mikey Lawrence from wildly popular food truck Buck Buck, it’s his life. “It’s all I have,” Lawrence says. 

In fact, he's so dedicated, Lawrence has a small meat cleaver tattooed next to his right eye.

June 15, 2017 01:00 AM

Açai bowls — those fruity concoctions like smoothies you eat with a spoon — may be a trend but they certainly aren’t a fad, say the three owners of Big Kahuna Bowl. Christopher Tennis, Elliot Gruver and Howard Choe Miyashiro who were all born on Oahu. 

June 15, 2017 01:00 AM

Step into Lion and Owl Brunch, a new food truck located on 5th and Washington, and immediately smile. Lion and Owl is in a converted sleek, silver 1977 Airstream that owner Kristen Hansen calls a “land shark.” The truck began its life in Portland, as Lebaneser Scrooge, a food truck open daily from 4:20 to 4:20 (Why? — Because Portland!) 

June 15, 2017 01:00 AM

Tucked into the trees at the edge of Highway 126 along the McKenzie River is a vintage storefront. Don’t let the quaint exterior deceive you. Out back, there’s a party going on.

June 15, 2017 01:00 AM

What makes the perfect picnic? Aside from a memorable locale, isn’t it all about the food? But just any food does not a perfect picnic make. Picnic food should be easy to transport and easy to eat, using fingers or minimal silverware. Nothing fussy is allowed, but elegant is excellent. 

June 15, 2017 01:00 AM

Jon Bertolone, owner of The Fresh Press Northwest organic juicery, took his first shot at juicing to help a friend who was battling cancer. From there it grew into something bigger than he ever imagined. 

April 6, 2017 01:00 AM

John Li, founder of Spice ’n’ Steam, Eugene’s brand new dim sum-style restaurant, visits his native Guangdong (Canton) every few years. He says the southern Chinese province has changed a lot since his childhood, but more than anything, returning home shows him how much living in America changed him.

April 6, 2017 01:00 AM

The Equiano tasting room is tiny, calm and slow. I enter and am embraced with the redolence of expertly roasted coffee. Two older gentlemen sit in a corner, nailing down the answers to life’s mysteries over espresso. Dave Harney, having driven across town from his auto body shop, waits expectantly for a couple of Americanos, a latte and a half-pound of beans.

April 6, 2017 01:00 AM

Eugene, Oregon, and Chef Ibrahim “Ib” Hamide, founder of Café Soriah on 13th Avenue, have been through a lot together: the tumultuous ’60s, the booming ’90s, the tense aftermath of 9/11 and, now, Donald Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric. 

April 6, 2017 01:00 AM

He came to the U.S. with $300 in his pocket and a partial scholarship to the University of Oregon. Now, after 48 years in Eugene and a string of restaurants to his name, he has finally started a place that serves the food of his home country, Lebanon. 

April 6, 2017 01:00 AM

It survived colonial occupation, war, immigration and migration. Refugees helped spread it around the world. Today, Vietnamese beef noodle soup — called pho — is more popular than ever and has earned a global following, including in Eugene. 

April 6, 2017 01:00 AM

On a recent mid-week afternoon, the dozen people who drove up to Tortilleria el Metate’s storefront along Main Street in Springfield were greeted with a sign on the door stating: “No hay tortillas.” No tortillas today.

March 9, 2017 01:00 AM

Crystal Gerig has three rules for successful bartending:

Fake it until you make it.

Being able to multitask is huge.

And be aware of everyone. “Make sure people are in a safe environment,” she says. “Make sure people are happy. And still take care of your work.”

March 9, 2017 01:00 AM

Looking for a bar in Lane County? 

You shouldn’t have to look too hard. According to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, as of Feb. 7 Lane County had 331 licensed establishments where you can buy distilled spirits by the glass. That number includes 193 in Eugene and 53 in Springfield.

March 9, 2017 01:00 AM

To our squealing delight, craft distilleries are on the rise. In the last six months, a number of brand-new spirit operations have popped up in and around Eugene, and they’re all great at what they do. Here are a few for you to try.

March 9, 2017 01:00 AM
January 26, 2017 01:00 AM

The Hayden Bridge Tap House is full of happy customers on a Friday evening. Multiple screens flicker with basketball games, and classic rock is urging us to sing along. But there must be some sort of acoustic magic happening, because my husband and I can still hear each other over it all. We sip a heartwarming stout as an enormous serving of fresh, veggie-topped nachos sits between us. Overall, we find ourselves in a comfortable and comforting place to have a beer and a meal.

January 26, 2017 01:00 AM

Jason Waligoske and his wife, Louisa Waligoske, are farmers. 

They have a dilapidated collection of outbuildings and greenhouses on the 4.6-acre former plant nursery site in Dexter they purchased two years ago. The couple battles poison oak while tending greens and tomatoes and checking their water lines. They use amendments listed as acceptable by Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI). They’re organic farmers, right? 

January 26, 2017 01:00 AM

For years the building at 1190 City View Street housed a dowdy local Mexican favorite named Nacho’s Restaurant, and for years the building blended right in: Complete with faux-adobe walls and a waifish, grinning hombre caricature, the restaurant had everything we’d come to expect of Eugene’s longest strip mall on 11th west of Chambers.

January 26, 2017 01:00 AM

“If we had a cow,” my daughter said, hope resonant in her voice, “we wouldn’t have to go to the store at all.”

We are not getting a cow. Our family is already scrambling and busy without the addition of milking anything.