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Hopped Up Eugene November 6-12

You are GORGEous: Full Sail Brewing

The second stop on our tour of the Pacific Northwest Gorge is Full Sail Brewing.  This brewery is hands down my favorite brewery to bring guests to for a great brewery tour.  While I still believe Sam Adams in Boston does the best beer tour, Full Sail does the best Oregon brewery tour.  If you’ve never been on a brew tour, seriously consider taking a drive to Full Sail to check it out.

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Tour details:  First of all, the tours are FREE!  And pretty much kid friendly (kiddos 12 and over are welcome on tours with a parent or guardian).  Tours begin and end at the Brew Pub at 1, 2, 3 and 4 pm daily.  They last about 30 minutes and have a maximum of 25 people per tour.  Once the tour is over, you can sample beers at the Brew Pub (and grab a bite to eat)!

What to Drink:

Session Lager – True, I’m an East Coast girl at heart and can’t say no to a good lager.

The Original Session, with the bright red label, is a classic all-malt pre-Prohibition style lager that reminds us of what American lagers used to taste like.  It’s flavorful, refreshing and has a touch of that import-style taste.  Oh, and it comes in a stubby 11 oz. bottle like your grandpa used to buy.  So after your next session (ski session for me), crack open a Session and drink to the good old new days.

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Enjoying the Session Lager at Full Sail Brewing in Hood River

What to Eat:

Fish Sandwich – Session Lager battered wild Alaskan salmon topped with shredded romaine, cucumber, and tartar sauce.  Seriously, fresh fish and beer.  YUMMY! (See, I really am an East Coast girl at heart – hold the lobstah!)

In the News:

At the 2013 World Beer Awards, Full Sail’s Amber Ale and Session Premium Lager added two more gold medals to the already impressive list of awards that Full Sail holds.  The Amber was named “World’s Best” and the Session Premium Lager was named “The Americas’ Best”. This annual tasting selects, awards and promotes the World’s Best Beers to consumers and the trade throughout the world.  Always humble, Full Sail’s website says “We don’t brew our beers to win medals, but we are honored when we do…Thanks to all our beer fans and friends for your ongoing support!”

Can’t make it to Hood River?

You are in luck, Full Sail recently opened up Riverplace brewery in the heart of Portland on the waterfront.  You can even see the brewery in action through the glass wall at McCormick & Schmick’s Harborside Restaurant.  This small brewhouse now serves as the research and development center for the brewery as well as where Brewmaster Reserve and Brewer’s Share beers are created.

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The delicious Session Lager amid Oregon’s beauty | photo: Full Sail Facebook page

Fun Tidbit:

They take care of their precious Mt. Hood water by implementing practices that reduce water consumption by 3.1 million gallons each year.  While the average brewery consumes 6 to 8 gallons of water per gallon of beer produced, Full Sail has reduced their consumption to less than 3 gallons.

Been to Full Sail Brewing?  What did you think?  What was your favorite drink?

Original post: BeerIsSexy.com



Breweries, Bars, Shops and Restaurants


  • Claim 52 Brewing: Eugene brewery specializing in small batch European style ales. - 1030 Tyinn Street, Suite 1 Eugene OR 97402
  • Lane Events Center: Lane Events Center hosts year round events including food, wine and beer events. - 796 West 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97402
  • Hot Mama's Wings: Great place for wings and beer. - 420 West 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401
  • Marche': French themed restaurant featuring lunch and dinner; as well as, special events. - 265 East 5th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401
  • The Bier Stein: A craft beer bar/restaurant/bottleshop that specializes in providing the finest craft beer selection between Portland and San Francisco. - 1591 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR 97401
  • Hop Valley Eugene: Hop Valley's Brewery located in the Whitaker Neighborhood offers loads of seating, inside and out and a menu with food options.  Picture windows look in on the brewery. - 990 West First Street, Eugene, OR 97401
  • The Steel Pail: Specializing in Craft Beer, Premium Wines, Hard Cider and Kombucha.  Private Parties with Catering, music most Thursdays and Sundays.  Weekly Specials, tap take overs and special events - 3007 North Delta Highway Suite 201
  • The Tap and Growler: Open 7 days a week, enjoy this extensive beer and wine taproom and growler filling destination. Featuring 70 taps of craft beer, fine wines, and more. - 207 East Fifth Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401
  • First National Taphouse: Enjoy an ever rotating tap lineup that's been hand selected to showcase the finest and most exclusive brews from around Oregon and the Northwest; including a selection of wines. - 51 West Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401
  • LaVelle Tap Room: 4 - 9 pm, Mon.-Sat. closed Sun. LaVelle's new Tap Room in Springfield will offer wine and beer on tap.  Soft Opening is Oct 10, 4 pm. Grand opening TBA. - 400 International Way, Springfield, OR 97477
  • Oakshire Brewing Public House: Visit the Public House at 207 Madison for a pint 11am-10pm every day! Cheers! Bring your own food or rotating food carts daily. - 207 Madison Street, Eugene, Or 97402
  • My Party Bus: My Party Bus provides wine beer and event tours to Eugene, OR and the surrounding Lane County areas. Call 541-554-7979 for more details about the service they provide. - Pick-up at various locations depending on the event, Eugene, OR 97402
  • Steelhead/McKenzie Brewing Company: Open daily. - 199 E 5th Ave Eugene, OR 97401
  • Plank Town Brewing Company:  Mon-Thurs. 4-11pm. Fri.-Sat. 4pm-12am. Sun. 4pm.-11pm - 346 Main St Springfield, OR 97477
  • Oakshire Brewing: Brewery Tours every Saturday. - 1055 Madera St Eugene, OR 97402
  • Ninkasi Brewery: Tasting room hours: Sun.-Wed. 12-9 pm, Thu.-Sat. 12-10 pm. Indoor and outdoor seating, food available for purchase from varying food carts. Brewery Tours: 1:30, 4 and 7pm Tues.-Fri. 5pm. Sat. - 272 Van Buren St Eugene, OR 97402
  • McMenamins High Street Brewery and Cafe: Open daily, Mon.-Sat. 11am-1am, Sun. 12pm-12am. - 1243 High St Eugene, OR 97401
  • Hop Valley Brewing: Open daily, Mon.-Thu. 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat. 11am-1am; Sun. 11am-10pm. - 980 Kruse Way Springfield, OR 97477
  • Falling Sky Brewing: Open daily, Sun.-Wed. 11 am-12 am; Thu.-Sat. 11 am-1 am. - 1334 Oak Alley Eugene, OR 97401
  • Track Town Ales: Open daily, Mon. 12-10pm; Tues.-Thurs. 12-11pm; Fri.-Sat. 12pm-12am; Sun. 12-9pm. - 844 Olive St. Eugene, OR 97401
  • Rogue Ales Public House: Open daily, Mon. 12-10pm; Tues.-Thurs. 12-11pm; Fri.-Sat. 12pm-12am; Sun. 12-9pm. - 844 Olive St. Eugene, OR 97401
  • Eugene City Brewery: Open daily, Mon. 12-10pm; Tues.-Thurs. 12-11pm; Fri.-Sat. 12pm-12am; Sun. 12-9pm. - 844 Olive St Eugene, OR 97401
  • Claim 52 Brewing: 1st and 3rd Fri. every month, 4-6 pm. Tastes and growlers; call for corn fills. - 1030 Tyinn Street, Suite 1 Eugene, Oregon 97402
  • The Bier Stein: A connoisseur beer store located in Eugene, Oregon home of the largest beer selection south of Portland and north of San Francisco. - 345 E 11th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401
  • Agrarian Ales: Open Fri. 3-8pm and Sunday 12-7pm Tastes, growlers and dock sales. - 31115 Crossroads Ln W Eugene, OR 97408
  • Cork and Bottle Shoppe: Fri. 4 pm, free weekly wine or beer tasting. The Cork & Bottle Shoppe is one of Oregon’s only liquor stores that carries a large selection of local and international wine and craft beer, in addition to liquor. - 812 Beltline Rd., Springfield, OR 97477
  • Koho Bistro: Wed. Wine Wednesdays – 25 percent off bottles of wine. Happy Hour daily from 5 – 6:30 pm $1 off beers on tap, well drinks and wine. Read the Local Lunch Gals review. - 2101 Bailey Hill Rd, Suite L, Eugene, OR 97405
  • 16Tons (Taphouse): Events Weekly - check the sidebar.  Sun.-Wed. noon – 10 pm, Thu.-Sat. noon – 12 am (except New Year’s Eve). Great selection of beer and wine. - 265 East 13th Ave., Eugene, OR 97401
  • 16Tons (Cafe): Wed. 7-10 pm, Trivia Night; Events and Tastings on Thu. 5 pm. Every Fri. 6 pm, Tastings and free live music; Every Sun. and Mon. 4-10 pm deals on growler and mason jar fills. - 2864 Willamette St., Eugene, OR 97405
  • Heidi Tunnell Catering Company: Creswell Bakery now open FIVE days a week! Tue.-Fri. 7 am - 6 pm ( Tue. lunch from 11 am - 2 pm), Sat. 8 am - 2 pm; Thur. 6 pm, Family Style Dinner.  Doors open at 6 pm with appetizers, excellent selection of beer and wine available for purchase.  Read about the Thurs. family-style dinners on WineJulia.com. - 182 S 2nd St Creswell, OR 97426
  • The Barn Light: Everyday 4-7 pm, Happy Hour specials on beer, wine and cocktails. - 924 Willamette St. Eugene,OR 97401
Jenna Forstromj4strom@gmail.comhttp://bitesizebrews.com

Jenna Forstrom

Hi! I’m Jenna. I got the nickname bitesize in high school and I have a beer blog named bitesizebrews.com. I’m lucky enough to live in the microbrewery capital of the world, and home brewing is a hobby I love. With a focus on home brewing, reviewing local breweries and locally crafted beers, I'm excited about sharing my beer experiences with the readers of Eugene Daily News.

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