Tap and Growler

Wine vs Beer Food Pairing Event in the Barrel Room at Tap and Growler


The Tap and Growler is certainly making use of their well thought out meeting space, the Barrel Room, that sits behind the wine taps of their bustling new tap room.  Just a couple weeks ago they had a Valentine’e Day event that focused on the history of Oregon wine, and now they’re bringing together two rock stars of the local wine and beer scene in for a Wine vs. Beer Food Pairing Event: Jonathan Scott Oberlander of J. Scott Cellars and Matt Van Wyk of Oakshire Brewing.

Tap and growler barrel room
Tap & Growler’s Barrel Room

Noisette Pastry Kitchen will be supplying 3 “savory” and 3 “sweet” food items to pair with 3 carefully selected Oakshire brews and 3 J. Scott Cellars wines.  There will be a vote after every pairing to determine the winner of the Wine vs Beer food pairing challenge. The pairings are as follows:

Savory Items:

Savory: Ham & Cheese Bread Pudding
Wine: Chardonnay
Brew: PTO Pale Ale

Savory: Chicken Liver with Esplette Pepper Jelly
Wine: Pinot Noir
Brew: Overcast Espresso Stout

Savory: Savory Spiced Corn Puff Honeycomb
Wine: Syrah
Brew: 7th Anniversary Porter with Tart Cherries

Sweet Items:

Sweet: Curry Nut Meringues
Wine: Chardonnay
Brew: PTO Pale Ale

Sweet: French Macarons
Wine: Pinot Noir
Brew: Overcast Espresso Stout

Sweet: Chocolate Sesame Pokey Sticks
Wine: Syrah
Brew: 7th Anniversary Porter with Tart Cherries

March 5, 5:30 pm. Limited seats available. $35 per person, sign up at the Tap and Growler. For more details, visit tapandgrowler.com.



Inaugral Tap & Growler Beer Festival


New gold, silver, and bronze winning beers from the 2013 Great American Beer Festival will be introduced, as well as winners from last year, at the inaugural Tap & Growler Beer Festival, which begins on Sunday, November 3 and continues through Saturday, November 9. 

Tap & Growler will be offering a $50 punch card that is good for 20, eight ounce pours along with a with a 32-ounce growler to take home your favorite beer of the day.

Tap & Growler

General Manager Toby Harris said, “This will give people the chance to sample all of the award winners throughout the week and keep track, plus offer some savings if they choose to purchase the punch card.” Harris added that the punch card will be available for pre-purchase at the taproom.

“So far 19 award winning beers from the recent GABF are chillin in the cooler awaiting their day,” said co-owner Patric Campbell. “This will be the first come first,but we’ll try to keep them on throughout the week if possible. Most of the beers are from Oregon, but we also have some from Washington, California, and Colorado.”

Tap & Growler Beer Festival beer release schedule:

Sunday, Pelican Brewery and Elysian Day

• Pelican’s Silverspot IPA (silver medal English-style IPA)
• Pelican’s Doryman’s Dark Ale (bronze medal American-style brown ale)
• Pelican’s Kiwanda Cream Ale (bronze medal golden or blonde ale)
• Palican’s Tsunami Stout (bronze medal foreign style stout)
• Elysian’s Mens Room Original Red (bronze medal ordinary special or bitter)

Monday, Flat tail Brewery Event Day. Flat Tail staff will be on hand at 6 p.m. for the release.

• Flat Tail’s Tailgater Kolsch (silver medal German-style kolsch)
• Flat Tail’s Little Green (bronze medal bohemian-style pilsner)

Tuesday, Ninkasi Event Day. Ninkasi staff will be on staff at 6 p.m. for the release. 

• Ninkasi’s Bohemian Pilsner (gold medal bohemian-style pilsner)
• Also two non-award Ninkasi released beers: India Red and Mandarina Single Hop Ale.

Wednesday, Oakshire Meet the Brewer in Private Hellshire III tasting.

• Hellshire III private tasting: 24 tickets will be sold due to a finite quantity of this gold medal winning wood barrel aged beer. The $20 ticket gets you a three ounce pour of Hellshire III with Oakshire Head Brewer Matt Van Wyck, a 32 ounce growler of your choice and an eight-ounce pour of the following beers: Pink Pumpkin Ale, and 7th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel-Aged Sour Cherry Baltic Porter

Thursday, California day.

• Firestone Walker’s Wookie Jack (gold medal American-style wheat beer)
• Firestone Walker’s Pivo Hoppy Pils (gold medal German-style pilsner)
• Firestone Walker’s Union Jack (silver medal American-style IPA)
• Moylan’s Dragoon’s Dry Irish Stout (bronze medal classic dry Irish stout)
• Mad River’s Steelhead Extra Pale Ale (silver medal golden or blonde ale)
• Sierra Nevada’s (non-oak aged) Narwhal (2012 silver medal imperial stout)

Friday, Eastern Oregon and Baker City day.

• Barley Brown’s Shredder’s Wheat (gold medal American-style black ale)
• Barley Brown’s Hand Truck (gold medal international-styl pale ale)
• Barley Brown’s Pallet Jack IPA (gold medal American-style IPA)

Saturday, Snowy Mountain Peak Day along with Bend and Colorado brews. 

• Bend Brewing’s Ching Ching (gold medal American-style sour ale)
• 10 Barrel’s German Sparkle Party-limited (gold medal German-style sour ale)
• Great Divide’s Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout (gold medal chocolate beer)

Wine Down Eugene


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.

OWL bar
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. 

OWL record player
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.

OWL tasting lounge
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.