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May 2, 2013 01:00 AM

Talk about starting off strong: When The Bier Stein reopened at 16th and Willamette on Tax Day, it was inevitable that the beloved beer bar would have a good day, but owner Chip Hardy says that the new location has overwhelmingly exceeded expectations. “Our best day ever at the other location we doubled on our opening day, and by Friday it tripled,” he says. “I was completely blown away by so many customers.”

May 2, 2013 01:00 AM

Ninkasi’s latest brew, crafted with the help of student brewers, is called Sasquatch Legacy Baltic Porter, but it’s not a reference to Bigfoot. The beer pays tribute to Glen “Sasquatch” Falcolner, a longtime Eugene brewer with close ties to the brewing community. He died in a 2002 accident, but his passion for helping other brewers was too powerful to quench, and now his work lives on through the Glen Hay Falcolner Foundation and its scholarship program.

May 2, 2013 01:00 AM

Remember those old Olympia beer ads? “It’s the water.” When it comes to good beer, it really is the water, and that’s why Oakshire Brewing has begun its “1% for Watershed” program, donating one percent of the profits from its Watershed IPA in the lower Willamette Valley to keep the watershed and its water clean and healthy.

May 2, 2013 01:00 AM

Sky High Brewing, located in downtown Corvallis, currently lacks a kitchen, seats not even a fifth of its desired capacity and has a second-floor staircase leading straight into the ceiling a la the Winchester Mystery House, but Scott McFarland, his co-owners and brewer Laurence Livingston were too excited to wait. They didn’t mind opening with a half-finished brewery in August 2012. 

May 2, 2013 01:00 AM

When Agrarian Ales was planting its first rows of hops seven years ago, an unexpected visitor dropped by. “An 85-year-old farmer stops his pickup and jumps out and has the biggest grin on his face I’ve ever seen,” says Ben Tilley, one of the owners and brewers. The farmer told Ben and co-owner-brewers Nathan Tilley and Tobias Schock that he used to pick hops by hand on that very field when he was a little boy.

May 2, 2013 01:00 AM

Head Brewer Steve van Rossem is still finishing the assembly of the brewing side of Plank Town Brewing Company, but the fledgling first brew, Bart’s Best Bitter or B^3, is already a refined recipe.

May 2, 2013 12:18 AM

Whether you’re a tour guide for out-of-town friends during Eugene Beer Week or you just want to soak up some sun while enjoying a few brews, a self-guided bike tour of breweries is an entertaining way to get immersed in the feel of Eugene and Springfield.

April 4, 2013 01:00 AM

The last time EW caught up with the dynamic duos behind Party Cart (Tiffany Norton and Mark Kosmicki) and Red Wagon Creamery (Emily and Stuart Phillips) in fall 2012, they were cultivating a culinary following at the corner of 28th and Friendly, serving savory seasonal plates and ambrosial scoops of ice cream respectively. At that point, there were only murmurs of a brick-and-mortar establishment; it was more of a long-term dream than a short-term reality.

April 4, 2013 01:00 AM

"We take the notion of a cupcake and elevate it to the next level,” says Larry Oswald, owner, founder, baker (and mopper, he adds) at Larry’s Cupcake Café — a new addition to downtown Eugene’s food-scene renaissance. 

April 4, 2013 01:00 AM

For a third of a century, Ibrahim Hamide worked around the challenge of running his first restaurant, Casablanca, out of a small location at Fifth Street Public Market. “It proved to me that people really like [Lebanese] food and maybe even the way I presented it and prepared it, but the space was too small, so it didn’t offer me the full range of what I wanted to do, food-wise and service-wise,” he says.

April 4, 2013 01:00 AM

Cheri Esselstrom, owner of the new Dukko’s eatery in the Fifth Street Public Market’s International Food Court, knows a bit about hard times, perseverance, community and family. Oh, and food.

April 4, 2013 01:00 AM

Sometimes a hot dog is just a hot dog, but sometimes it’s made of fish. Wild Grill Foods, a Eugene-based company specializing in seafood products, is now distributing its salmon dogs in local stores.

April 4, 2013 01:00 AM

Some food carts create a specific type of cuisine: Mexican, pizza, Southern food, vegetarian. GastroNomad owner Ben Maude reinvents his menu on the regular not by picking a genre, but by running his food truck as some sort of delicious pop quiz.

April 4, 2013 01:00 AM

Morsels of restaurant news

March 28, 2013 01:00 AM

Tens of millions of bacteria are crawling on your skin and squirming in your gut and in your mouth. Thank goodness! Your microbiome — that’s the collection of tens of thousands of species crawling through you — plays a role in training the immune system, and some skin bacteria even helps prevent acne.

March 28, 2013 01:00 AM

Robin Runyan is a four-year CrossFit veteran and coach. She came to CrossFit because other workout and conditioning programs didn’t hold her attention; CrossFit’s quick pace, varying routines, close-knit community and friendly competition appealed to her.

March 28, 2013 01:00 AM

With the Dalai Lama visiting Eugene in May, there could be no better time to examine the peaceful practices that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, recommends for living a happier, healthier inner life.

March 28, 2013 01:00 AM

Hands are often an integral part of massage therapy, but not for those who practice ashiatsu. Feet are their main instrument, used to smoothly work out all muscles of the body that are sore.

March 14, 2013 01:00 AM

Monday nights are usually reserved for recovering from a big weekend or loathing the realities of a new week. At The Barn Light, however, Mondays take on a new meaning: game night. 

March 14, 2013 01:00 AM

St. Paddy’s Day: America’s most Irish of holidays. Commemorating the Patron Saint of Ireland, St. Paddy’s has lost its religious meaning, particularly in the U.S., becoming instead an excuse to eat a lot, drink more and toast all things Eire.

March 14, 2013 01:00 AM

It’s a minute before half past nine on a Saturday night in downtown Eugene’s Barmuda Triangle. Four bartenders dressed in sleek black stand at their posts behind the long, narrow bar at Starlight Lounge. The bar stools have been removed, the limes have been cut and the saltshakers are at the ready.

March 14, 2013 01:00 AM

There are many bars and nightclubs where the ambiance and the pours can send us back a few decades in a woozy, boozy time travel machine — think ’80s night at John Henry’s — but the increased popularity of some cocktails take a century-deep plunge.

March 14, 2013 01:00 AM

Born but not raised in Eugene, Jackalope bartender Summer McCarty returned to the Willamette Valley in ’93 from Southern Cali, bringing the sunshine with her.

March 14, 2013 01:00 AM

A self-described “townie” (he graduated from South Eugene High School), Eirrin’s Bistro and Pub bartender Teren Baker began tending bar two years ago at Emerald Valley Golf & Resort, where he mastered a mean Tom Collins.