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16 Tons Celebrates 4 Years During Their Wild Ale Festival Today!

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From noon to 10 pm today, May 3, 16 Tons Wild Ale Fest and celebration of their 4th Anniversary will take place at the Tap House at 265 E 13th Avenue.  Entry is free, and it’s a cash only bar.

They will be pouring 70 different Wild Ales ranging from Farmhouse to Funky, from Tart to Tooth-Achingly-Acidic.  Rustic, Sour, Barrel Aged, Spontaneously Fermented, and simply Wild ales.

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Each year they have teamed up with a brewery to brew a special anniversary beer as part of their “Phantom Limb Series” that pays homage to a famous author who lost an arm or leg as a result of their adventures.  This year they are very excited to work with Breakside Brewery to create “A Saison in Hell,” a Wallonian-Style Wild Rye Saison that pays homage to Arthur Rimbaud, who is from the Ardennes Region where this working class beer originated.

A few notable beers at the festival: Oakshire Frederic C. Noir, Upright El Coloquio Cervantes, The Commons Fishing with Hallet, Block 15 Wild Chardonnay Ale, Block 15 Kriek, Crux Better off Red, Logsdon / Solera Half Naakte Paasvankantie, BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien, Double Mountain Devils Kriek, Deschutes Green Monster, and Russian River Consecration.

Some of the featured breweries include: Breakside, The Commons, Oakshire, Upright, Block 15, Cascade, Deschutes, Hair of the Dog, Flat Tail, Logsdon, Hanssens, Mikkeller, Jolly Pumpkin, Goose Island, The Bruery, Crux, Anchorage, Russian River, Stillwater, New Belgium, Evil Twin, Propolis, Rodenbach, and more!

Wine Down Eugene

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Wine Down Eugene October 16-22

Every now and then, I enjoy writing about craft beer; especially, barrel aged beer, sour and wild ales, and my favorite – pumpkin ales.

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It’s that time of year when many breweries release beer that’s been made using roasted pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, brown sugar and even maple syrup (to name a few), bringing out the best flavors of fall in some seriously tasty crafted ales. These specialty beers are a lot like wine; they have unique and often intense aroma profiles, their characteristics are identifiable, and they are easily paired with foods.

I recently took advantage of one of the many 16 Tons excellent beer fests: the Pumpkin Ale Fest. With a list of over thirty pumpkin ales and pumpkin ciders, ranging in price from $1-$2 dollars a sample, I was able to try fourteen different pumpkin-centric beers and ciders from around the country – discovering some of the finest pumpkin infused beverages to ever hit my palate.

Here’s what I sampled:

  • Elysian (Seattle, WA) The Great Pumpkin – the world’s first Imperial Pumpkin Ale
  • Red Hook (Seattle, WA) Out of Your Gourd
  • Alaskan (Juneau, AK) Smoked Pumpkin Porter
  • Elysian Dark O’ the Moon
  • Uinta (Salt Lake City, UT) Punk’N
  • Oakshire (Eugene, Or) Big Black Jack
  • Laurelwood (Portland, Or) Stingy Jack
  • Elysian Night Owl
  • Two Roads (Stratford, CT) Roadsmary Baby
  • Uinta Oaked Jack Pumpkin
  • La Parcela (Dexter, MI) Jolly Pumpkin
  • Doc’s Draft (Warwick, NY) Pumpkin Cider
  • Ace (Sebastopol, CA) Hard Pumpkin Cider
  • Tieton (Yakima, WA) Smoked Pumpkin Cider

All of the pumpkin beers and ciders were really tasty and unique in their own ways (I really loved the Elysian brews), but I definitely had some favorites:

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Laurelwood Stingy Jack and Two Roads Roadsmary Baby

Elysian’s Dark O’ the Moon stout had pumpkin in the mash and was finished off with crushed cinnamon.  The pumpkin and cinnamon flavors were really pronounced in both aromas and flavors and were highlighted by brown sugar and chocolate.  Lower carbonation than the average stout gave the mouthfeel a creamy and smooth quality, ending with a great balance of flavors.

The Elysian Night Owl was by far my favorite of them all.  It’s as if the brewer took all of the qualities of fall and put them into a bottle.  Pumpkin pie, fall spices, brown sugar, creamy caramel and loads more pumpkin.  I absolutely loved everything about this pumpkin ale.

Oakshire’s Big Black Jack is an Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter that is really savory and delicious.  Rich and intense aromas and flavors of pumpkin and spices dominate, but I definitely detected the chocolate, as well.  Rich and creamy on the palate with a smoky quality on the finish.  This one’s going to be a staple porter in my house this fall.

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Oakshire’s Big Black Jack and Ninkasi’s Raspberry Oatis.

Laurelwood’s Stingy Jack was created with roasted whole pumpkin, toasted pumpkin seeds and organic pumpkin purée.  Surprisingly, the pumpkin notes weren’t all that pronounced, but what it did have was loads of fall spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and juniper berries.  The carbonation was exactly the way I like it – small and tightly wound.  Medium body on the palate with a lush, round and vibrant finish.

La Parcela Jolly Pumpkin is an oak aged pumpkin ale with spices and a touch of cacao.  I really like the complexity in this oak barrel aged brew with it’s mass flavors that hop onto the palate all at once.  Fall spices and pumpkin were easily detected, along with some earth. It’s strong, crisp and has a bit of a bite – truly a fun beer to taste.

I also tried my very first White Beer.  Inspired by the Belgian Witbier, a blend of raw wheat and pale barley malt highlighted by citrus and unidentifiable spices, one of Oakshire’s brewers created the Oakshire Welcome Whit.  The name is a twist on the Oakshire Public House that recently opened its doors in Eugene’s eclectic Whiteaker neighborhood.  I say “unidentifiable spices” because I really couldn’t place my finger on the flavors – they were mysterious-like, but very alluring and palate pleasing.  Last, but definitely not least, I tried Ninkasi’s Raspberry Oatis.  Their Oatis Oatmeal Stout is my favorite Ninkasi beer, add some raspberries from Oregon and Washington and age this beauty in bourbon barrels and it’s pure heaven – it’s a must try, beer enthusiasts.

Keep up with the beer fests at 16 Tons year round on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SixteenTonsBeer 

 

 

 

Hopped Up Eugene

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Featured guest writer for Hopped Up Eugene October 2-8, Todd Gebow, writes about a newly released winter ale from Deschutes Brewery: Jubel Ale

Bend, Oregon, as mentioned in a previous Hopped Up Eugene, is a beer crazy town.  So, I wouldn’t be crazy to reside there.  Fortunately, Deschutes Brewery delivers to the Eugene and the west coast of Oregon, and being a Eugene resident, I have no problem finding Deschutes at my local watering hole.

Even if fall has just begun, finding a festive winter ale is no problem.  Stores already have Halloween, Thanksgiving decorations are in the aisles, and I’ve even seen Christmas stuff on the shelves.  So, maybe an early release for a Winter Ale is not premature; however, I do believe it is a bit early.  Let us adjust to the rain first, please.

Regardless, winter is coming and good dark beers are available!

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2013 Jubel Ale label

Yearly, Deschutes Brewery releases their Jubel Ale, a dark Festive Winter Ale, and I am a fan of dark beers.  This years Jubel does not disappoint.  It pours smooth and dark, with only a slight head.  It settles nice to a dark Amber color, sending me into a meditative state similar to when I watch a pint of Guinness settle after a good pour.  Although it’s not the ‘meal’ that Guinness is, Jubel definitely succeeds at falling into the craft brew category.  Slightly hoppy with a smooth finish – unmistakably Deschutes!  The aroma of good hops and a rich porter flavor makes me smile as I critique this years Jubel Ale – sending me into beer bliss.

It starts very smooth with a satisfying familiar Bend flavor and nip.  When Jubel settles onto the palate, with the usual Deschutes flavor that tends to tingle your taste buds and epiglottis, it ends with a satisfying, slightly chocolate effervescence.  With a touch of hops that aren’t overpowering, it left me feeling uplifted and with a smile, as a good dark beer should.

I’m sampling this years Jubel at my local watering hole, Jiffy Market in south Eugene on Hilyard – a great place to critique a beverage.  Jiffy has a lot of select beers at very good prices; however, I really like to keep this place a secret so there’s more good beers for those of us that frequent it.

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Critiquing the 2013 Jubel Ale at my local watering hole, Jiffy Market

I’ve heard that Deschutes changes the recipe each year, but I’ve also heard that they do not.  This remains a bit of a conundrum for me because based on my taste buds, I believe that Deschutes most likely does change it yearly.  Last years Jubel Ale wasn’t my style, but this year it’s crisp and festive, just as the label proclaims!

Good job Deschutes, you have asserted yourselves as one the Northwest’s premier breweries that is enjoyed by most of the country, and you are still one of my favorite beer makers!  I believe beer drinkers will be happily pleased with this festive winter ale.

Visit Jiffy Market at 3443 Hilyard Street in Eugene, 97405.

Next up? Pumpkin beers, and 16 Tons is having their Pumpkin Ale Fest this Friday, October 4, from 5-10 pm at their cafe location on Willamette in south Eugene.  20+ ales and ciders, $1-$2 dollar tasters, free entry, cash only.

Wine Down Eugene

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Wine Down Eugene October 2-8

A couple days ago, I received a tweet via Twitter from @16TonsCafe (we all know and love 16 Tons), and here’s what it read: “@WineJulia you must be in wine heaven with all these new places opening.  It’s kind of epic for Eugene’s urban wine scene.”

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Oregon Wine Lab logo glass filled with a lovely William Rose Gewürztraminer

There’s no denying it, I am indeed in wine heaven these days.  There’s the new Tap and Growler, where a plethora of wines are on tap just waiting to fill either a wine glass or four different sized growlers.  We’ve got the new Route 5 Wine Bar at Fifth Street Market, and I know of two other wine-centric places that are in the works in the same general area.  Territorial Vineyards and Wine Company and Eugene Wine Cellars are no longer Eugene’s only urban wineries, the new Oregon Wine Lab, which I checked out for the first time just yesterday, is now open daily.

Owned by Mark Nicholl of William Rose Wines, who was also the previous winemaker at Sweet Cheeks Winery, the Oregon Wine Lab is all about Local Artisan Brands – the Lab portion of the creative name Mark came up with for his new business.  Located on Lincoln Street, just behind Utopia Salon on 5th, Mark has found the perfect location for an urban winery and tasting lounge.

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Check out that gorgeous bar top

With plenty of room for a crowd of wine enthusiasts, the tasting lounge is large, open and airy, with high ceilings and polished concrete floors.   Vinyl records and mood lighting (that changes color at the touch of a button on Mark’s phone) create a uniquely inviting, comfortable and unpretentious environment.  A gorgeous recycled barrel stave tasting bar is the center of attention.  Made by Mark with help from his father-in-law, the tasting bar boasts a salvaged wood bar top from Urban Lumber Company that is naturally cut and beautifully refinished.

There’s an area off the tasting room that’s been designated for wine education and classes, where AVA maps and aroma wheels will adorn the walls. Upstairs, there’s a special events room with a floor to ceiling window that looks down over the tasting room.  But what convinced Mark to sign on the dotted line for this particular building was the space that is accessed through a single door in the tasting lounge – a space perfect for a soon-to-be full-blown winery that will be bustling like mad come harvest 2014. 

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Mark is building a collection of vinyl records to play in the Tasting Lounge

With a focus on supporting local businesses, Mark will be working with a local restaurant to create small plates to offer guests, he plans to have local art throughout, and he’s working on bringing in other local wineries without walls so they can make and sell their wine at the Oregon Wine Lab.

Before departing, Mark gave me a sample of his not-yet-labeled 2012 Illinois Valley Gewürztraminer – one I tried months ago while it was still in a stainless steel tank.  Housed in a 500ml bottle that is sleek and lean, the William Rose Gewürztraminer is truly a treat.  With just 8.5% alcohol and 4.5% residual sugar, the Gewurztraminer is sweet, but not too sweet, with a lovely faint acidity and solid structure.  Aromas and flavors of white peaches, rose petals and ginger roll in waves from the front of the palate to the lengthy, delectable finish.  It’s a must-try wine.

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Looking down into the tasting lounge from the upstairs special events room

Read more reviews on Mark’s line of William Rose wines on my award-winning wine website, WineJulia.com.

Visit The Oregon Wine Lab 7 days a week from noon to 8 pm.  488 Lincoln St., Eugene.

Hopped Up

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The weather may be getting warmer (fingers crossed), but that doesn’t mean you have to switch to drinking light lagers.  The darker beers are often thought of as “wintery”, but they can still be enjoyed year around by all palates.  My favorite beer-myth to dispel is that non-beer drinkers don’t like stouts.  Often, I’ve found the exact opposite to be true.  Stouts can feature flavors such as coffee or chocolate that many “wine-only” patrons enjoy more than an hoppy IPA.  If you’re a fan of chocolate, coffee, things aged in bourbon barrels, or simply good beer: keep reading.  We’re going 100% into stouts this week.

In the mood for stouts: We finally cracked our home brew last night.
In the mood for stouts: We finally cracked our home brew last night.

This Saturday Sixteen Tons Beer is hosting their Imperial Stout Fest. Stouts are made with dark roasted malts given them their dark, black color.  Popular styles of stouts include Dry Irish (such as Guinness), English, American, Milk, Oatmeal (such as Oatis from Ninkasi) and Imperial stouts. Imperial stouts, sometimes referred to as Rusian Imperial Stouts, are characterized by their stronger alcohol content and full malt, roasted and chocolate flavors.  While many stouts have little to none hop bitterness, others can span the full range.

Coffee and Chocolate in Stouts: Perhaps the two flavors that pair best with stouts are the rich, roasty, earthy flavors of coffee or chocolate. Roasted barley and chocolate malt are often part of the brew recipe with stouts.  Ironically, chocolate malt doesn’t give a chocolate flavor.  It’s instead more of a carmel or vanilla taste.  The beers that really taste like chocolate actually have cocoa nibs in the recipe. The same is true of coffee.  Oakshire’s Espresso Stout is an award-winning stout that is brewed with ground coffee from the local coffee roaster, Wandering Goat. You even get a little caffeine kick equivalent to a shot of espresso with a pint. At 16 Tons Cafe this weekend I recommend trying the New Belgium Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout. It’s a limited release beer, and if you like coffee and you like beer, then you’re definitely going to enjoy this.

Stouts are dark in color and feature rich, roasted flavors.  Photo: home brew bottles of our Imperial Stout.
Stouts are dark in color and feature rich, roasted flavors. Photo: home brew bottles of our Imperial Stout.

Barrel Aged Stouts: Many popular imperial stouts are aged bourbon or whiskey barrels to create a more complex profile. These beers aren’t for everyone.  They are often strong and boozy. At the Imperial Stout Festival there will be multiple barrel aged stouts.  I recommend tasting Block 15’s Super Nebula. It’s an Imperial stout matured in 9 and 10 year old bourbon barrels and aged on house roasted cocoa nibs.  Also at the festival will be Deschutes Abyss, 2012.  This is a must-try beer. At 11%, it’s strong and rich with notes of molasses and licorice. If you haven’t heard of Oakshire’s barrel aging program, the Imperial Stout Festival will give you a chance to try the third beer in their Hellshire series.  This Hellshire is a foreign-style stout aged in Heaven Hills bourbon barrels.

With all this talk of stouts, I was ready to crack open the first of the home brews from the recipe I shared with you a few weeks ago.  We brewed an Imperial Stout that came in at a big 9.4% ABV. It turned out just as expected with a rich roasted flavor and big aroma.  I’m letting the other bottles condition for a week or so longer, so the yeast can really carbonate the beer. Until then, I’ll be enjoying the 40+ stouts that 16 Tons has on tap.  See you on Saturday at the Imperial Stout Festival!

Cheers,

Lana

Hopped Up Eugene

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The Pacific Northwest is best known for it’s eccentric ideologies, magnificent landscapes and  hoppy IPAs.  But what makes west coast breweries the best at their craft? And what exactly defines an IPA or Imperial IPA versus a pale ale or amber?  The 16 Tons IPA Fest over the weekend was the perfect place to explore the vast range of IPAs that the craft beer world has to offer.  With 70 IPAs from Eugene to Copenhagen, 16 Tons’ normally great selection of 18 + taps expanded to bottles and specialty beers that brought in a crowd from Friday to Sunday.

16 Tons IPA Fest featured 70 IPs
16 Tons IPA Fest featured 70 IPAs

An India Pale Ale, or IPA, is the best selling style of craft beer in the United States.  IPAs first started as English IPAs, but American IPAs and Northwest IPAs are more aggressively hopped and commonly found on draft here in Oregon. They tend to feature citrus and piney profiles with a balanced malt backbone. A Double, also called an Imperial, IPA just means that they doubled or tripled the amount of hops (and sometimes malts) to enhance the hop characteristics and the ABV to match. If an IPA is “dry-hopped” like the popular IPAs in Eugene (Total Domination, Watershed and Alphadelic) it means that extra hops were added after fermentation.  It doesn’t heighten the bitterness, but does add a burst of hoppy aroma.

The beer that perhaps encouraged the most excitement this weekend, and usually does in the beer world, was Pliny the Elder on tap. Pliny the Elder, an Imperial IPA from the Russian River (not to be confused with Pliny the Younger also from Russian River), is legendary in craft beer circles for being one of the best IPAs in the world and scoring the elusive 100% on the beer-rating site Beer Advocate. It’s brewed with Amarillo, Centennial, CTZ, and Simcoe hops and is released in limited supplies, so Eugene folks go crazy when this California beer makes it’s way up north.  I made sure I got a pint in first thing, but then was ready to explore the delicious IPAs we have right here in our own backyard.

McKenzie Brewing’s Twisted Meniscus is an IPA that I would recommend for those unwilling to jump 100% into hop bitterness overload.  McKenzie Brewing brews here in Eugene out of Steelhead’s facilities, and you can find their beers all over town.  This NW style IPA is brewed with seven hop varieties and is light on carbonation.  The honey malt they use really comes through in the flavor profile, making for a sweeter IPA.  McKenzie Brewing also offered up the Imperial Hopasaurus Rex. Claim 52 had their Lotuseater Imperial IPA and Oakshire surprised us with Watershed IPA on Nitro.  Still on tap at 16 Tons is Block 15’s Sticky Hands IPA from Corvallis.  This one takes after it’s name and was actually super sticky with a delicious aroma that would make any hop head excited.

 

Ninkasi is known for their hopped up beers, especially Total Domination.
Ninkasi is known for their hopped up beers, especially Total Domination.

If you’re a Eugene local you tend to migrate towards Ninkasi, and they never disappoint with a wide selection of hopped up beers on tap.  At the IPA Fest, Babylon was on tap but if you go in today the KLCC English Style IPA is also on draft at 16 Tons. Ninaksi Brewing is always a fan favorite here in Oregon, and increasingly across the United States. (On a side note, check out their awesome new bottle labels released this week). Ninkasi first made a name for themselves with their flagship beer Total Domination IPA, released when the brewery opened in 2006.  Total Domination has a great strong aroma and big hop flavor which perfectly demonstrates the Northwest style IPA that we’ve come to love.  Babylon in comparison, is a double English IPA with Marris Otter malt and Fuggle hops that add a rich nutty backbone and earthy aroma.

 

Workhorse IPA at the Bier Stein.  The Bier Stein will be closing it's doors and moving to a new location at the end of the month.
Workhorse IPA at the Bier Stein. The Bier Stein will be closing it’s doors and moving to a new location at the end of the month.

Two other beers on tap that I would highly recommend are the Laurelwood Workhorse IPA and Breakside IPA both out of Portland.  They are each perfectly balanced with citrus and floral upfront and a full-bodied piney malt backing. You can find these two IPAs here in town at 16 Tons or at the Bier Stein, though you may want to make trip to the Beer Stein before it closes at the end of the month to move to their new location on 15th and Willamette.

Until next week, I’ll be enjoying the best the Northwest has to offer.  The range doesn’t just include the different types of hop varieties, but there’s also Cascadian Dark, or Black IPAs, IPAs bottled with Brettanomyces for a sour taste or the IPL; India Pale Lager. So, if you like floral or piney, bitter, sweet or even sour, it’s about time you hopped on the Northwest IPA craze.

Cheers,

Lana

 

16 Tons to Host Winter & Strong Ale Fest

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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 will have a diverse selection of beers, one of which is sure to fit your winter needs. Photo courtesy of 16 Tons.

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.

Cheers!

 

Wine Down Eugene

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Wine Down Eugene November 28 – December 4

If you like beer or wine paired with cheese, and have not yet been to one of the 16 Tons Cheese Wars events, you are seriously missing out and need to pay close attention: these cheese and libation pairing showdowns are not only super fun, but they’re educational, down-right delicious, and well worth the price of $25 dollars per person.

Cheese Wars IV – Champagne Edition is taking place at 16 Tons Cafe on Saturday, December 8, with two sessions to choose from: 5:30 pm or 8 pm. Block 15 Brewmaster, Nick Arzner, and Champagne enthusiast Karly Kercheval, of Galaxy Wine Company, will go head to head with pairing their beer and Champagne selections with carefully chosen cheeses. With Arzner selecting some of the Block 15 premier craft brews, and Kercheval choosing Champagnes with an emphasis on Grower’s Champagne, this is going to be one Cheese Wars not to miss.

Some of the stellar cheeses that were selected at past events inlcude: Rogue Blue Port, Gypress Grove Purple Haze: Lavender Chevre, Willamette Valley Horseradish Havarti, Cotswald, Beechers Flagship Aged, Mimmolette, Danish Blue and Rustico w/red pepper. I wrote about several of these delectable cheeses, in detail, in a previous featured article, The Cheese Wars: Wine v Beer.

This is a great opportunity to learn about the processes of making beer, wine and cheese -all while joining in on a lively, fun and interactive event.

Tickets are limited. $25 includes all tasting and food (cheese and bread). Purchase tickets at 16 Tons Cafe (2864 willamette St., Eugene), 16 Tons Taphouse (265 E. 13 Ave., Eugene)  or online at BrownPaperTickets.com. Each session lasts approximately 2 hours.

With Grower’s Champagnes, select craft brews from Block 15 and rustic gourmet cheese, you know where to find me come December 8.

If you would like to include your listing in Wine Down Eugene, please contact Julia Crowley directly at [email protected]

Wine Bars, Shops and Restaurants

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The Barn Light: New coffee house/bar downtown that features local wines and brews. 924 Willamette St., Eugene.

Heidi Tunnell Catering Company: Tue. Bakery 10 am- 6 pm, lunch from 11 am – 2 pm and dinner from 4-7 pm; Thur. 6 pm, Thursday Night Dinner – Braised Beef [raised on their own Furrer Farm]. 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 South Second St., Creswell.

Broadway Wine Merchants: Fri. 5-7 pm, Free Friday Wine Tasting;Tue. 4-6 pm, First Tuesday of each month – Cheese & Wine Tasting, $20 per person. Read about their wine and cheese events here. 17 Oakway Center, Eugene.

Wineries without Walls (wine shop & tasting room): Fri. 5-7 pm, Wine Tasting with Sweet Cheeks Winery; Fri. and Sat. 4-7 pm, Shop Pours available for purchase on nights there is no featured winery. This wine shop and tasting room showcases local wines and is located inside the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center in Veneta. 24949 Hwy. 126, Veneta.

Marché Provisions: Fri. 5-7 pm, Free Friday wine tasting. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Tom & Johnny’s: Thu. 7-10 pm, Wine & Jive (wine tasting and live music). 471 South A St., Springfield.

Territorial Vineyards and Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11 pm, live music starts around 7 pm with Breaker’s Yard; Fri. 5-11 pm, live music starts around 7 pm with Manouche Noir. 907 West Third Ave., Eugene.

LaVelle Tasting Room at 5th Street Market: Mon. – Sat. 12-7 pm, Sun. 12–6 pm;  Thu. 5-7 pm, Gus Russell; Fri. 5-7 pm, live music. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Ninkasi Brewing: Mon. Pints for a Cause. 25 percent of all pint sales in the tasting room will be donated to Cascadia Wetlands; 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. 272 Van Buren St., Eugene.

The Wine Place (Yachats): Sat.12-5 pm Wine tasting. 373 N. Hwy. 101, Yachats.

16Tons (Supreme Bean): Wed. 7-10 pm, Trivia Night; Thu. 5-7 pm free wine tasting and happy hour & movie begins at 8 pm; Every Fri. 6 pm, free live music; Every Sun. and Mon. 4-10 pm deals on growler and mason jar fills. 2864 Willamette St., Eugene.

16Tons (Taphouse): Great selection of beer and wine. Hours of Operation: Sun.-Wed. noon – 10 pm, Thu.-Sat. noon – 12 am. Great selection of beer and wine. 265 East 13th Ave., Eugene.

SweetWaters at Valley River Inn: Every Thu. 4 – 7 pm, Free wine tasting on the patio featuring a different winery each week. 1000 Valley River Way, Eugene.

B2 Wine Bar: Happy Hour Mon.-Fri., 4-6 pm, and 9-10 pm. 2794 Shadow Dr., Eugene.

Long’s Meat Market: Fri. 4-6 pm, free wine tasting with some cheese from their deli; craft beers and Oregon wines available. 81 East 28th Ave., Eugene.

Authentica Wines: Tue. – Fri. 11 am – 6 pm, and Sat. 10 am – 5 pm. Wine tasting available every Saturday at the Wine Bar, and on the first Friday of each month during the Art Walk.  766 W. Park St., Eugene.

Sundance Wine Cellars: Fri. 5-7 pm Mario’s Frugal Friday free wine tasting; Sat. 5-7 pm, wine tasting. 2441 Hilyard St., Eugene.

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.

Café 440: Wed. 5 pm, Wednesday Wine Flights. Taste three whites or reds for $10.50; Mon. – Sat. 3-6 pm Happy Hour specials. For the Local Lunch Gals review, click here. 440 Coburg Rd., Eugene.

The Side Bar: Wed. Ladies Night, $1 off any glass of wine and $5 off a bottle of wine.  1680 Coburg Rd., Eugene

Ring of Fire Restaurant: Mon. 5 pm Wine Night Mondays-35 percent off all bottles of wine; Daily Happy Hour 4-6 pm. 1099 Chambers St., Eugene.

Soriah Cafe: Wed. 5 pm, *last Wednesday of the month only* Celebrate Wine Wednesday. Half off bottles of wine. 384 W. 13th Ave., Eugene.

Mac’s at the Vets Club: Wed. 6-9 pm, Wine, Jazz & Variety Show with Gus Russell & Paul Biondi. A different Oregon winery is featured each week. 1626 Willamette St., Eugene.

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.

Café Zenon: Tues., Fifty percent off bottles of wine; Mon-Fri. 5-6:30 pm, $1 off glasses of wine and pints of beer. 898 Pearl St., Eugene.

Café Lucky Noodle: Tue. 5:30-7:30 pm Wine Night – all bottles 35 percent off; complimentary wine tasting in the lobby. 207 East 5th Ave., Eugene.

Granary Wine Bar:Wed. 5 pm, $5 glass pours of house white or red. 259 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.

Wineries & Vineyards

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LaVelle Vineyards (winery in Elmira): Visit the winery daily, Mon.-Thu. 12-5 pm, and Sat./Sun. 12-6 pm. 89697 Sheffler Rd., Elmira.

Sweet Cheeks: Fri. 6-9 pm, Twilight Tasting, sample pairings of Sweet Cheeks wine with Oregon-made artisan cheeses while listening to live music from 6:30-8:30 pm with Kenji; Sun. 12-6 pm, Mimosa Sunday with live music from 2-4 pm with. 27007 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

Silvan Ridge Winery: Open Daily 12-5 pm. Complimentary taste of five wines in addition to several limited wines that may be tasted for a fee. 27012 Briggs Hill Rd., Eugene.

Domaine Meriwether:  Fri. 6-9 pm. Sparkling Nights – wine tasting and live music. Open Daily 11 am – 4 pm, except Fri. for Sparkling Nights. 88324 Vineyard Lane, Veneta.

Sarver Winery: Open daily 12-6 pm except Fri 12-9. 2600 Mayola Ln., Eugene.

King Estate:  80854 Territorial Hwy., Eugene.

Saginaw Vineyard: Fri. 6-9 pm, Friday Night LIVE featuring 2 Hot 4 Fido. Friday Night LIVE is held indoors for the winter months and minors are not permitted. For more information, please click here; Open daily, 11 am – 5pm. Sample their traditional style wines in their tasting room located in the original building of a 1905 farmstead. They also specialize in farm fresh fruit wines. 80247 Delight Valley School Rd., Cottage Grove.

RainSong Vineyard: Two open houses a year: Memorial Day Weekend and Thanksgiving Weekend. Unique barrel bottling program. 92989 Templeton Rd., Cheshire.

Chateau Lorane: Open daily, 12-5 pm. 27415 Siuslaw River Rd., Lorane.

Pfeiffer Winery: Open Mon.-Thu. 11 am – 5 pm and Fri./Sat. 11 am – 9 pm. Try their hot mulled wine. 25040 Jaeg Rd., Junction City.

Brigadoon Wine Co.: Fri. – Sun. 12-5 pm wine tasting in their tasting room. 25166 Ferguson Rd., Junction City.

Benton-Lane: Open Daily Noon to 5pm; For a relaxed one hour wine tasting with the owner in a special wine room overlooking the vineyards, call the winery for details 541-847-5792. 23924 Territorial Hwy., Monroe.

Noble Estate: Open daily 12-5 pm. 29210 Gimpl Hill Rd., Eugene.

J. Scott Cellars: Tasting room located in The Wine Place in Yachats. Be sure to stop by and taste these excellent small boutique handmade Rhone varietals from the Pacific Northwest. 373 North Hwy. 101, Yachats.

Spencer Creek Cellars/McBeth Vineyards: Wine Tastings in the Barn by appointment only. 541-521-4381. 85162 McBeth Rd., Eugene.

The south Willamette Valley is home to many stellar vintners that do not have tasting rooms. Check back frequently for tasting/event information on the following wineries without walls: Capitello Wines, William Rose Wines, Patchwork Cellars, Abbelone Vineyards, Stanton Vineyards, Kandarian Wine Cellars, Oakdale Cellars, Briggs Hill Winery, Iris Vineyards, Dylan’s Run, Fractal Cellars: 

Upcoming Events

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Heidi Tunnell Catering Co: Thursday night dinners in their on-site event center. 6:30pm, doors open at 6pm. Extensive wine list by local, handcrafted Oregon winemakers and local beers as well. 182 South Second St., Creswell.

16Tons (Cafe): Dec. 7, 5-10 pm. Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover -Sierra Nevada Ovila beers as well as other special releases on tap.The first 30 people to get an Ovila will receive a stemmed Sierra Nevada glass; Dec. 8, 5:30 pm and 8 pm, 2 sessions of Cheese Wars IV, Champagne Edition. Stay tuned for more details. 2864 Willamette St., Eugene.

Marché Provisions: Dec. 15, 8:15 pm. Annual Bubbly Party – Caviar, triple crème cheese, smoked salmon and enough sparkling wine to float a Buick, all yours for $35. This is no class, this is a party where we’ll try sparkling wines from all over the world, from $9.00 Prosecco to triple-digit, serious Champagne. 296 E. 5th Ave., Eugene.