Claim 52

Inaugural Westside Beer and Wine Loop – Westside Warehouse District

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Claim 52 Brewing, J. Scott Cellars, Noble Estate Winery, and Viking Braggot Company are coming together to host the Inaugural Westside Beer and Wine Loop on Saturday, March 1, from 5-9 pm.  Live music, food carts, beer and wine specials, and a VW van photo booth will make for a fun filled night.  Bailee Jordyn and Peter Giri are among the musicians scheduled to perform, and food trucks Bacon Nation and Smokin’ Oak Bar-B-Q will be joining the festivities.

Noble Estate Line up
photo: Noble Estate Facebook page

More than 40 beers and wines will be available to sample at the four businesses located in the new Westside Warehouse District.  J Scott Cellars, Noble Estate Winery, and Viking Braggot Company tasting rooms are in the 500 block of Commercial Street, and Claim 52 Brewing’s taproom is at 1030 Tyinn Street.

My Party Bus will be providing party bus limo service between Tyinn and Commercial Streets. Starting at Claim 52, shuttle service will run every half hour.  Transportation tickets can be purchased for $10 per person the evening of the event or ahead of time by either calling 541-554-7979 or emailing [email protected]  (Tickets are for transportation only and do not include beer or wine tastings.)

Viking Braggot t shirt and beer
photo: Viking Braggot Facebook page

While at Claim 52, don’t miss out on the PhotoSwagon by Blue Bus Creatives. Their renovated 1973 VW Bus turned mobile photo booth will be snapping photos from 6 – 8 p.m. Hop in the bus to take some hilariously memorable photos of the night and be sure to follow them at www.Facebook.com/bluebuscreatives to find your photos during the event!

Information about each of the Westside Warehouse District businesses:

The mission of Noble Estate Vineyard and Winery is to provide customers with high quality handcrafted wine from grape to bottle.  The Noble Estate wine catalog consists of 15 current releases including Gold Medal Winning Muscat, Viognier, and Pinot Noir.  The Noble Estate Urban Tasting Room is open every Friday night from 4-9 pm.

J Scott award winners
photo: J. Scott Cellars Facebook page

J. Scott Cellars is an urban, boutique winery producing extraordinary, award winning Rhone varietals from the Pacific Northwest.  14 wines are currently available.  J Scott Cellars has two Oregon tasting rooms, one located at the winery in Eugene and one on the coast in Yachats.

Claim 52 Brewing was recently awarded Oregon’s best new nano-brewery by Northwest Brewing News.  Open just over a year, Claim 52 specializes in small-batch European styled ales such as Kolsch brewed with a Northwest flair, as well as more familiar beers like pale ales, reds and IPAs.  Hand crafted, each batch turns out a little different but is consistently tasty and delivered fresh from the tank to the tap.  Claim 52 taproom is open every Friday at 4 pm.

Claim 52 tap handle
photo: Claim 52 Facebook page

Viking Braggot Company specializes in one thing: making braggot, also know as, honey beer. They’ve taken an age old brewing tradition that was pioneered by the Vikings and adapted the concept based on modern Northwest craft beer styles.  Unique varieties of honey and herbs are used to create astoundingly flavorful and balanced brews.

Hopped Up Eugene

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beerweekIt seems like every day there is something new happening in the Eugene craft beer scene and this week is no different.  So put on your sunglasses, pop a bottle of your favorite spring seasonal craft beer (I’d recommend local favorites Oakshire’s Line Dry Rye or Ninkasi’s Spring Reign) and get a moment of relaxation in today… because starting this weekend Eugene is going to be in full beer-drinking mode as we kick-off Eugene Beer Week! There are events everyday, so I’ve compiled your 8-day, can’t miss them for the world, list of the best events in Eugene.

Saturday Sasquatch Brew Fest: Eugene Beer Week starts with Sasquatch Brewfestival this Saturday, May 4th.  Doors open at noon, and for only $10 you get a commemorative glass and two taste tickets.  With live music playing all day long, this event should be the highlight of your spring.  Where: Eugene Hilton 66 E 6th Ave, all day.

Sunday Sasquatch Recovery Hash Bar: Thankfully the guys at Falling Sky are the smartest people I know, because honestly, a recovery Hash Bowl the morning after is such a good idea. Join in at 11am, then spend your day enjoying the sun with a Spring Seasonal brew and maybe an afternoon nap.  Trust us, you’ll need the rest as you gear up for the rest of the week. Where: Falling Sky, 11am.

Line Dry Rye is the perfect seasonal beer to put on draft in your home kegorator.
Line Dry Rye is the perfect seasonal beer to put on draft in your home kegorator.

Monday Learn to Build a Kegorator: Join the friendly folks at Oakshire Brewery for your how-to class on kegorators.  As a someone who built her own (with FOUR taps!) understands, a little extra instruction with a pint or two is never a bad idea. After, check out their new public house at 207 Madison, across from Wandering Goat Coffee. Where: Oakshire Brewery (1055 Madera St), 5:30pm-7pm.

Tuesday Bend at the Bier Stein: Even though it’s Eugene Beer Week, it doesn’t mean that the Bend Breweries can’t get some love.  Check out the new Bier Stein location for the second-annual Bend tap-takeover.  Brewers will be there from 6pm-9pm. Where: Bier Stien, all day.

Wednesday Meet The Brewer: Meet Simon Sothras as he presents his first Ninkasi brew – Babylon Double IPA. Get an inside look at what went in to making this deliciously hoppy beer from mash tun to pint glass. If you can’t make this one, Ninkasi Brewers are doing exclusive sensory classes and tastings everyday this week. It’s worth checking out if you’re new to craft beer or a seasoned pro.  Where: Ninkasi, 4pm-6pm.

Relax with some Spring Reign from Ninkasi!
Relax with some Spring Reign from Ninkasi!

Thursday Real Ale Fest: Join Falling Sky at 3pm for an afternoon of firkins and a special cask release. They’ll have two different beers from Falling Sky and two guest firkins, all pouring for $3. Yum! Where: Falling Sky, afternoon.

Friday Cheese Wars:  This is one you’ll have to buy tickets for in advance, but it’s completely worth it.  It’s 5 courses of cheese, paired with beer and wine. If you think wine will always win- think again.  Beer pairs beautifully with certain cheeses. Where: 16Tons Cafe & 16Tons, 5:30 and 8pm.

Saturday Claim 52 Inaugural Cornhole Tourney: I’m so glad Claim 52 is around this year for Eugene Beer Week, because this is a seriously awesome way to end the week. Register your team at [email protected] or day of event starting at 2:30. 10/ team gets you two skill-enhancing beverages and a chance to compete for fab prizes, including a private tasting party at the brewery. Double elimination tourney.  Where: Claim 52 Brewing, 3pm. 

Questions about the events or want to learn more about Eugene Beer Week? Visit the website here, or email [email protected]

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