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Hopped Up Eugene Gets Sky High

Our Hopped Up Eugene Columnist Lacey “Hophunteror” Harrison is still out working on her damaged kitchen. For pictures of what a little fire can do to your kitchen, head to Lacey’s page and take a peek. Drop her a note and let her know you miss her! Today we’re getting Sky High.

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Sky High Brewing and Pub, Corvallis, OR
by Adam Gaylord

 

We love talking with people about beer. It’s one of the main reasons we started Hopstories. Our conversations with Scott McFarland, co-owner of Sky High Brewing and Pub, were no exception. “I’ve always had this fascination and interest in beer and I’ve always enjoyed it,” he told us.

Growing up in Europe, Scott learned to appreciate good beer younger than most. “I’ve been drinking ales since I was 14. That’s what I started on was those English ales so I’ve always had a taste for those better beers.” But it wasn’t until the early ‘80’s working as a bartender in his mom’s restaurant in Portland that Scott found his epiphi-beer. Every craft beer lover has what we like to call their “epiphi-beer”; that first microbrew that opened their eyes to what beer can really be. For a Colorado kid like me it was Fat Tire. Eric cut his teeth on Dirty Bastard.

For Scott, it was “Redhook ale. Back before they called it ESB. And Grant’s Scottish Ale.” His face lights up talking about the early days of Oregon craft brewing. “Those were the first two breweries that made local craft beer.” Scott added a tap to his mom’s bar bringing the grand total to two. “People loved it.”

Open in late 2012, Corvallis’ newest brewpub features 12 taps pouring a rotation of traditional style ales and lagers brewed using locally manufactured equipment and locally sourced hops, grains, and yeast. Laurence Livingston, Sky High’s head brewer, is serious about local ingredients.

Fresh, Local beer!

Fresh, Local beer!

“Local’s great. The more we can do locally the less carbon cost we have. We can help the planet. I’m really all about that.” Sky High gets almost all its hops from Crosby Hop Farm just up the road in Woodburn. “The key is getting those hops to the beer as soon as possible,” Laurence told us. For their fresh hop beer, one of the first brewed at Sky High, the hops were harvested in the morning, trucked to the brewery, and in the tanks the next day. It’s hard to get fresher than that.

Laurence’s commitment to quality ingredients comes through in his beers. His latest, a Belgian honey triple, includes “local raw unpasteurized wildflower honey.” An amateur bee keeper for over 20 years, Lawrence knows a thing or two about this particular ingredient. “Honey has its own special characteristics that lend unique flavors.” Eric and I had the pleasure of sampling this unique brew straight from the tank (one of the fringe benefits of Hopstories) and I for one can’t wait until it’s ready. It’s delicious.

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Quality beers like the honey triple, fresh hopped IPA, and their Russian Imperial Stout (brewed with absurd amounts of unsulphured blackstrap molasses) are quickly earning Sky High a solid reputation in the Pacific Northwest brewing community, a family they were welcomed into with open arms. Scott told us that when he was just getting started, “I could walk into any brewery and they’d pour me a pint, throw open the doors and, say ‘What do you want to see?’. They were excited for me. That’s a really nice working environment. It’s not just a business, it’s got some soul.”

Every Brewery Has a Story. Left to right: Adam Gaylord, Laurence Livingston, Matt Huizenga, and Eric Buist.

Every Brewery Has a Story. Left to right: Adam Gaylord, Laurence Livingston, Matt Huizenga, and Eric Buist. | Image Photo by Genevieve Weber – Corvallis Advocate

And that’s what we’re looking for here at Hopstories, the soul of Pacific Northwest brewing. We hope you like Sky High’s story. If you do, check back often for updates on up and coming brewery videos, keep an eye on our Facebook page, and let us know why we should visit your favorite brewery.

Thank you to Eric Buist – BuistMedia for permission to share this story!

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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
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Featured Events


  • Sun, Jan 21 Falling Sky: Falling Sky Brewing - Sundays All Day - Ride A Bike, Save a Buck Mondays - Industry Night 8-10pm 
    1334 Oak Alley Eugene, OR 97401
  • Mon, Jan 22 Burger and a Brew: LaVelle Tap Room - Enjoy a pint of Beer or Cider, and a burger for just $10.  Every Monday night at the Tap Room. 
    400 International Way, Springfield, OR 97477
  • Mon, Jan 22 Pints for a Cause: Ninkasi Brewery - Every Monday. 25% of pint sales from the Tasting Room are donated. 
    272 Van Buren St Eugene, OR 97402
  • Tue, Jan 23 Tuesday Night Trivia: LaVelle Tap Room - 7 pm, Trivia nights are hosted every Tuesday at the Tap Room. 
    400 International Way, Springfield, OR 97477

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