Hopped Up Eugene July 10-16
These hot summer afternoons call for chilled pints of beer, and Eugene’s Bier Stein has a selection of craft brews that will undoubtedly please the most discerning of palates. Most every Eugenean has heard of The Bier Stein and visited it at least once. Whether it’s to take home a six pack of mixed local and international beers from their rows and rows of coolers or to sit down with a chilled, honest pint, The Bier Stein is one of Eugene’s iconic bottle shops and pubs.
Relocating from a space that was way too small for their big fan-base, The Bier Stein moved from its campus location to 1591 Willamette Street, into the larger-than-average spot that used to house Midtown Market.
Visiting them for the first time in their new location, my husband and I were impressed the second we walked in the door; the atmosphere is open, welcoming and very spacious. A large rectangular bar in the center of the room has bar seating on all three sides, and one side is where orders for food, beer and wine are taken. The seating near the beautiful floor to ceiling fireplace will be an ideal place to warm up in the chilly winter months, but for the gorgeous Willamette Valley summers, there’s plenty of other seating around the restaurant; as well as, outdoor seating.
Two large, flat-screen televisions hang above the area where orders are taken, displaying their current tap list. An icon of a keg, next to each beer listed, indicates the amount of beer that is left in the keg. If the keg icon of a favorite beer is nearing empty, it’s time to order that beer, pronto.
We decided to build our own flights, a great option for those who can’t decide which beer to choose. Four beers from the tap list may be chosen and are served in taster glasses. I ordered 4 Oregon beers: Nectar Creek Honey Peach Session Mead, Burnside Premiere Enfant Biere de Garde, Boneyard RPM IPA and Mt. Hood Hogsback Oatmeal Stout. My husband ordered four California beers: North Coast Acme IPA, Speakeasy Tallulah Extra Pale Ale, Lagunitas Lucky 13 Imperial Red Ale and Firestone Walker Wookey Jack Black Rye DIPA. It was sort of like an Oregon vs. California taste-off. I’m happy to report, that although it was a close tie between Firestone Walker’s Wookey Jack Black Rye DIPA and Mt. Hood’s Hogsback Oatmeal Stout, Oregon won – we both loved the Hogsback Oatmeal Stout and ordered a pint each. We also ordered the German Sausage with sauerkraut and two-mustard sauce, and the flavors with the stout were a perfect match, it was all absolutely delicious.
Our server, Kat, was incredibly knowledgeable of all things Bier Stein. She made suggestions about the order in which to sample our flight of beers, she explained in detail how their tap list works, she told us about upcoming beer makers dinners and she was quick and happy to answer any questions we had. She also informed us that the tap list at Bier Stein is updated daily and posted on The Bier Stein Facebook page. The service we had during our entire stay at Bier Stein was unbeatable, and we enjoyed every minute and are looking forward to becoming regulars.
Visit The Bier Stein at 1591 Willamette Street, Eugene, 97401. www.thebierstein.com
P.S. Have no fear wine lovers, The Bier Stein has an extensive list of stellar Pacific Northwest wines! Cheers all – Julia