This Saturday and Sunday (December 15 & 16), from 12pm to 10pm, 16 Tons will host the 3rd Annual Eugene Winter and Strong Ale Fest.
When you are a business that makes its profits from the beer industry and are located relatively close to a college campus, it can sometimes be forgotten that the point of drinking beer is not to get drunk; the point of drinking beer is to participate in one of the longest-standing methods of socialization that the human race has come to know. Dating all the way back to the times of Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia (with an existence record since at least the 5th Century B.C.), beer has fostered some of the greatest interactions throughout history.
Recognizing the importance of beer and taking advantage of the quality Northwest breweries in the area, 16 Tons has continued to emphasize the special place beer holds in society. Featured as one of Eugene’s best businesses in 2010, 2011, and 2012, this local taphouse also pays special attention to making their company as eco friendly as possible, offering their fresh draft beer to go in environmentally safe, reusable containers. Since their establishment they have expanded to feature over 300 craft beers, more than 250 wines, and a selection of Sake, Cider, and more.
16 Tons’ taphouse on 13th and High, one of their two locations in Eugene (the other location is placed at 2864 Willamette right next to Market of Choice and provides a cafe setting), will provide the setting for an event that is quickly becoming a favorite in Eugene. The Winter and Strong Ale Fest will emphasize those seasonal and rare beers that people grow fond of yet can’t get their hands on for much of the year.
This years’ headlining breweries are Ninkasi, Oakshire, Boneyard, Deschutes, Hop Vally, Block 15, Flat Tail, McKenzie/Steelehead, Gilgamesh, Silver Moon, Elysian, Full Sail, Heater Allen, Hopworks, Laurelwood, Double Mountain, 10 Barrel, Midnight Sun, Gigantic, Alaskan, Widmer, Evil Twin, The Commons, Hair of the Dog, Brew Dog, Firestone Walker, Dogfish Head, Stone, Mad River, and Fort George. The festival can provide the opportunity for breweries on the cusp of success the chance to expand their markets and showcase their style against some of the bigger producers in the area, such as Ninkasi, Deschutes, and Oakshire.
Offering tasters at $1-$2, depending on quality and production of the beer, the festival has particular emphasis on Boneyard’s Suge Knite Imperial Stout (Bend, Oregon) and Block 15’s Barrel Aged Figgy Pudding (Corvallis, Oregon). Like many other beers to be featured at this festival, these two brews are rare in production and high in demand.
As mentioned previously, the Eugene Winter & Strong Ale Fest will take place at 16 Tons on December 15th and 16th from 12pm to 10pm and play host to an added selection of beers in an effort to stimulate what can be a cold and rainy winter. Only persons of age 21 and over are allowed and there is free entry into the event.