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State of Suds

June 5, 2014

Of the hundreds of varieties of craft beers available at microbreweries throughout Oregon, bacon, oyster, horseradish, fig, beet and pork chop are not mouth-watering flavors that often come to mind when craving a cold pint. But according to members of the Cascade Brewers Society (CBS), home-brewed creations like Curry Stout, Licorice Logger or Beet Weiser are mighty tasty. 

June 5, 2014

The traditional cask-conditioned style of beer is very much alive, and you can see its influence growing in Oregon’s craft beer industry, where local brewers like Plank Town in Springfield and Oakridge’s Brewers Union Local 180 are making concentrated efforts to keep it a living force in the beer world — a time and place far from the English and European pubs where they were once the norm.

June 5, 2014

Craft brewing companies like Ninkasi have put Eugene on the map as the place to experience and purchase quality beer as well as support local causes. Now Elk Horn Brewery and Mancäve Brewing hope to make names for themselves by using innovative ideas and supporting the community.

 

Mancäve Brewing

June 5, 2014

The craft brew renaissance is in full bloom here in Eugene and Springfield, and nothing makes this sudsy success more clear than looking at local breweries and what they’ve been up to.

 

Agrarian Ales

May 2, 2013

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

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.

May 2, 2013

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

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. In 2013, the McKenzie River Trust (MRT) will receive the funds to continue its restoration and conservation work. 

May 2, 2013

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. 

Getting into beer has long been McFarland’s dream. “I did pizza for a number of years but always kind of had a hankering to get into the beer business,” he says. 

May 2, 2013

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

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.

Van Rossem, who is transitioning to Springfield’s newest brewpub from Block 15 in Corvallis, brewed B^3 test batches up at Block 15, and he says that Plank Town will likely stick with the recipe. “It’s made using British yeast, British malt and British hops,” van Rossem says, “a classic-style British best bitter.”

July 19, 2012

It’s no secret that Sam Bond’s Garage is a venue where Eugeneans can go to experience lively bands (both local and touring) put on first-rate shows. Many a music lover has spent an evening or two taking in the laid-back atmosphere, the raging concerts and the impressive selection of beer that Sam Bond’s has to offer. But now there is more to look forward to — specifically, more beer. Sam Bond’s is in the process of opening its own brewery.

“We’re beer lovers, and this is the next step,” owner Mark Jaeger says. 

July 19, 2012

If this brewery only produced 10 barrels of beer, as its name might imply, Eugeneans would never have heard of it. Eastern Oregon would’ve drunk up everything and there would be nothing left for us to sip on. “We had to either grow or stagnate,” Brewmaster Jimmy Seifrit says. “We built this to expand.”

July 19, 2012

In the old days, human beings got drunk on unsanitary, bacteria-ridden, fermented pulp provided by agricultural negligence and elated discovery. Thousands of years have passed, science has dissected nature and people still get drunk on fermented pulp. At Oakshire Brewery, colonies of latent bacteria thrive in the wood-grains of aging barrels stacked in a warehouse across from the main facility.

July 19, 2012

Crux Fermentation Project, which opened its doors June 30, sits on an 11-acre plot of land adjacent to Highway 97 smack in the center of Bend. Open space for hop-growth, concerts, barbecues and a dog-park pale in comparison to the majestic East Cascade view reflected in the glass, copper and stainless steel of the new brewery in town. Most of those shiny tanks at Crux haven’t had a chance to be used yet.

July 19, 2012

As somewhat of a beer virgin, I met up with part owner and brewery manager Jason Carriere to find out why Falling Sky Brewing’s beer has Eugene buzzing.  

July 19, 2012

There’s a bevy of crazy cheap beer out there that sud-suckers pretend to hate — you know, the industry standards like PBR, Hamm’s and other such swill. If you’re one of the many beer drinkers below the poverty line in our wonderfully indebted country, then there’s probably a good chance you’ll end up drinking that stuff at some point. 

July 19, 2012

In ancient civilizations, the transformation of sugar into alcohol was a ritual performed by diviners and seers. Vats of grape juice and sweet grain nectar were left before altars, prayed over by priests and, if given the proper time and alignment, would morph into a satiating and consciousness-altering beverage. The ancient Sumerians took their beer with a hefty dose of spirituality.