Hopped Up Eugene

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beerweekIt seems like every day there is something new happening in the Eugene craft beer scene and this week is no different.  So put on your sunglasses, pop a bottle of your favorite spring seasonal craft beer (I’d recommend local favorites Oakshire’s Line Dry Rye or Ninkasi’s Spring Reign) and get a moment of relaxation in today… because starting this weekend Eugene is going to be in full beer-drinking mode as we kick-off Eugene Beer Week! There are events everyday, so I’ve compiled your 8-day, can’t miss them for the world, list of the best events in Eugene.

Saturday Sasquatch Brew Fest: Eugene Beer Week starts with Sasquatch Brewfestival this Saturday, May 4th.  Doors open at noon, and for only $10 you get a commemorative glass and two taste tickets.  With live music playing all day long, this event should be the highlight of your spring.  Where: Eugene Hilton 66 E 6th Ave, all day.

Sunday Sasquatch Recovery Hash Bar: Thankfully the guys at Falling Sky are the smartest people I know, because honestly, a recovery Hash Bowl the morning after is such a good idea. Join in at 11am, then spend your day enjoying the sun with a Spring Seasonal brew and maybe an afternoon nap.  Trust us, you’ll need the rest as you gear up for the rest of the week. Where: Falling Sky, 11am.

Line Dry Rye is the perfect seasonal beer to put on draft in your home kegorator.
Line Dry Rye is the perfect seasonal beer to put on draft in your home kegorator.

Monday Learn to Build a Kegorator: Join the friendly folks at Oakshire Brewery for your how-to class on kegorators.  As a someone who built her own (with FOUR taps!) understands, a little extra instruction with a pint or two is never a bad idea. After, check out their new public house at 207 Madison, across from Wandering Goat Coffee. Where: Oakshire Brewery (1055 Madera St), 5:30pm-7pm.

Tuesday Bend at the Bier Stein: Even though it’s Eugene Beer Week, it doesn’t mean that the Bend Breweries can’t get some love.  Check out the new Bier Stein location for the second-annual Bend tap-takeover.  Brewers will be there from 6pm-9pm. Where: Bier Stien, all day.

Wednesday Meet The Brewer: Meet Simon Sothras as he presents his first Ninkasi brew – Babylon Double IPA. Get an inside look at what went in to making this deliciously hoppy beer from mash tun to pint glass. If you can’t make this one, Ninkasi Brewers are doing exclusive sensory classes and tastings everyday this week. It’s worth checking out if you’re new to craft beer or a seasoned pro.  Where: Ninkasi, 4pm-6pm.

Relax with some Spring Reign from Ninkasi!
Relax with some Spring Reign from Ninkasi!

Thursday Real Ale Fest: Join Falling Sky at 3pm for an afternoon of firkins and a special cask release. They’ll have two different beers from Falling Sky and two guest firkins, all pouring for $3. Yum! Where: Falling Sky, afternoon.

Friday Cheese Wars:  This is one you’ll have to buy tickets for in advance, but it’s completely worth it.  It’s 5 courses of cheese, paired with beer and wine. If you think wine will always win- think again.  Beer pairs beautifully with certain cheeses. Where: 16Tons Cafe & 16Tons, 5:30 and 8pm.

Saturday Claim 52 Inaugural Cornhole Tourney: I’m so glad Claim 52 is around this year for Eugene Beer Week, because this is a seriously awesome way to end the week. Register your team at [email protected] or day of event starting at 2:30. 10/ team gets you two skill-enhancing beverages and a chance to compete for fab prizes, including a private tasting party at the brewery. Double elimination tourney.  Where: Claim 52 Brewing, 3pm. 

Questions about the events or want to learn more about Eugene Beer Week? Visit the website here, or email [email protected]

Cheers,

Lana

EDN's Beer Writer, Lana O'Brien, loves talking about beer as much as she loves drinking it. From bartending to home-brewing and now writing for EDN, she's on a mission to discover the best local craft beers. Follow along in her weekly column, Hopped Up, every Wednesday. Connect @lanaobrien.

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