We are just a few hours away from the start of the 2nd Annual Eugene Beer Week. A full event list is up at www.eugenebeerweek.org, to help guide you through the next seven days beer majesty. With over 40 events taking place around town next week, it should shouldn’t (nice catch typo editor) be hard to find something that tickles your widget. As for me, here are my picks for each night:
Monday • 12-9pm • 2009 Critical Hit Barley Wine @ Ninkasi
Ninkasi is kicking off EBW 2012 by tapping a keg of 2009 Critical Hit Barleywine at noon. And for those not in the mood for a barleywine-fueled lunch, swinging by from 6-8pm will net you live music from the Whiskey Chasers and a trivia contest. It is also Ninkasi’s Pints for a Cause night, which means 25% off all pint sales goes to the Cascadia Wildlands.
Tuesday • 7:30pm • Brewer’s Dinner @ Falling Sky
A 4-course dinner from Falling Sky’s chef, Corey, paired with 6 of the brewery’s beers, including the Cloud Break Munich Helles, being released tomorrow. Tickets are $65 and are available at Falling Sky.
Cloud Break Munich Helles
House Charcuterie Plate w/ Upside Brown Mustard • Dr. Optic Standard Bitter
Leafy Salad w/ Market Vegetables & IPA Dressing • Oranjekoorts Belgian Pale Ale
Hop Salt Roasted Salmon, Grilled Asparagus, Meyer Lemon Relish & Herb Butter • Trouble Everyday ISA (India Session Ale)
Lamb Sausage, Bacon-Potato Salad & Sugar Snap Peas • Upside Brown Ale
Strawberry Tartlet w/ Housemade Ricotta and Rhubarb Syrup • Summer Sprinkle Dinkel Beer
Wednesday • 5:30-7pm • Beer and Barrel Education 101 @ Oakshire Brewing
Join Oakshire Brewmaster Matt Van Wyk for a lesson in barrel-aged beers. Taste some rare treats from Oakshire’s Barrel Program and learn about the fail-licious Hellshire II. This event is limited to 20 people. Tickets are $10 and include food. Contact Amanda (email@example.com) to reserve a seat.
Thursday • 6-11pm • 13th Street Pub Crawl with Oakshire
Grab your bike head down to Hot Mama’s Wings for a pub “crawl” with the Oakshire Crew. Pub Crawl stops include:
Hot Mama’s Wings • 6pm
Cornucopia Maize Lounge • 7pm
Max’s Tavern • 8pm
The Webfoot Bar & Grill • 9pm
Rennie’s Landing • 10pm
Wild Duck • 11pm
Friday • 5:30pm and 8pm • Charcuterie Wars @ 16 Tons Cafe
Continuing the popular Beer vs Wine wars, this time King Estates and The Commons Brewery (formerly Beetje) face off over charcuterie. Once again, Falling Sky’s Corey is handling the food, preparing five courses of charcuterie for the contestants to pair their wares. The menu includes:
Beet Cured Salmon & Pickled Ramps
Country Pork Terrine & Pickled Hop Shoots
Duck Prosciutto & Tarragon Pickled Carrots
Chicken Liver Mousse & Sherry Pickled Shallots
and Lentil Pate & Honey Potted Hazelnuts
Saturday • 12-10:30pm • Sasquatch Brewfest @ Eugene Hilton
Not much I need to say about this one. Doors open at noon and it’s $10 to get through them. Participating breweries include: Firestone Walker Brewery, Nectar Ales Brewing, Double Mountain Brewery, Full Sail Brewing, GoodLife Brewing, 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Blue Dog Mead, 10 Barrel Brewing, Alameda Brewing, Laurelwood Brewing, McMenamins Roseburg Station Brewery, RAM Brewery, Eel River Brewing, Oakshire Brewing, Flat Tail Brewing, Steelhead Brewery & Café, Fire Mountain Brewery, Bridgeport Brewing, 21ST Amendment Brewery, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Block 15 Brewing, Stone Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Wakonda Brewing, Fort George Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, Vermont Hard Cider, New Belgium Brewing, Bison Brewing, Boneyard Beer, Dick’s Brewing, Pints Brewing, Rusty Truck Brewing, Elysian Brewing, Widmer Brothers Brewing, Kona Brewing, Redhook Brewery, Walking Man Brewing, Three Creeks Brewing, McMenamins High Street Brewery & Café, Cascade Lakes Brewing, Caldera Brewing, Fish Brewing, Fort George Brewery, Brewers Union Local 180, Gilgamesh Brewing, Fire Mountain Brewery, Southern Oregon Brewing, Ninkasi Brewing, and Stone Brewing.
Sunday • 9am-2pm • Mother’s Day Beer Brunch @ 16 Tons Cafe
After a week spent treating yourself to some of the finest craft beer available, why not grab mom and keep the party going for one more day? The Party Cart folks have worked up a special menu for mom, including mimosas and beermosas.
Well, there you go. Sweet dreams and happy Beer Weeking!