What are the best Eugene Breweries you absolutely must check out? Well, we’ve done the work to figure that out for you! We have sampled their brews, spent time in their taprooms and read all the online reviews to come up with our take on the top Eugene Breweries to explore this year!
When you think Oregon, usually your mind goes straight to Portland, Oregon, the largest city of the state, packed full of successful breweries. Just 100 miles South however, lies the city of Eugene, Oregon which is getting a name for itself in the craft beer world as well. Some say Eugene is like a miniature Portland, both quirky and eclectic with ample opportunity for outdoor adventures in their beautiful city parks, green spaces, and walkable/bikeable neighborhoods.
Eugene’s breweries are also leading the way in the sustainable brewing movement, inspired by the preservation of the McKenzie River. The McKenzie river runs through Eugene and is the sole source of drinking water for Eugene, Oregon. The brewers depend on this river for producing their delicious beer so environmental consciousness is a high priority. You’ll notice tons of sustainability practices, such as sourcing local ingredients, utilizing renewable energy, recycling, crafting organic beers, and partnering with environmental organizations across Eugene.
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What are the top breweries in Eugene?
Eugene, Oregon is making a name for itself in the craft beer scene with burgeoning gastropubs offering stellar beer selection, beer gardens featuring local breweries, and tap houses popping up left, right, and centre. The number of great craft breweries in Eugene is growing fast, but we’ve gone ahead and sampled beers from the most popular and up and coming breweries to create our list of the top Eugene Breweries. So grab your friends and start planning your next visit to Eugene, Oregon.
How we picked the best Eugene?
With every ‘top breweries’ post that we write, we make sure to do diligent online research to determine who makes it on our list. From reading online reviews and reviewing beer selections, to checking other authority websites and of course, sampling their beers. We do our best to take all the information we collect and give you our opinion of the top breweries in Eugene.
However, we know we aren’t perfect and if we’ve missed a Eugene brewery that you think should be on this list, contact us and let us know who the brewery is and we’ll do our best to include them!
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The Best Eugene Breweries
Without further ado… here’s our list of the top Craft Breweries in Eugene.
Ninkasi Brewing is one of the fastest growing craft breweries in the United States, and for good reason with their award winning craft brews, a top selling IPA in Oregon, and their welcoming taproom they call the “Better Living Room” with ample indoor and outdoor seating,
The Ninkasi Better Living Room is a restaurant and outdoor beer garden designed to bring people together to celebrate beer, food, art, and community. They serve up some delicious food made with locally sourced ingredients and flavours of the region and if you’re an IPA drinker, let’s just say this place will feel like heaven.
Customer Review: No trip to Eugene is complete without stopping at Ninkasi. They have built a beautiful dining area and patio since the last time I was here, and the beer is still amazing. Most of their beers are IPAs, and they range from very hoppy to quite smooth. My favorite is the malty Velocihopter.
- Phone: 541-735-9500
- Address: 155 Blair Blvd, Eugene, OR 97402, United States
- Beers to Try: Tricerahops IPA
- Website: ninkasibrewing.com
Steelhead Brewing opened in 1991, making it the first major brewery in Eugene and the go-to gathering place for craft beer lovers. Since then, they’ve been brewing award winning beers and pairing them with delicious food prepared from scratch.
Their large, industrial style restaurant with high ceilings give a casual and comfortable vibe and their extensive food menu offers something for everyone.
Customer Review: Comfy seats, good beer and nice selection of cocktails to choose from.
- Phone: 541-686-2739
- Address: 199 E 5th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, United States
- Beers to Try: Bombay Bomber APA and Raging Rhino Red
- Website: steelheadbrewery.com
Falling Sky Brewing opened their doors in 2012 and since then they’ve created over 400 different recipes, always experimenting with old and new beer styles. They’ve got three locations, the brewpub on Oak Alley, the pour house on Blair Blvd., and the pizzeria on the UO campus. All locations offer tasty eats and a wide variety of handcrafted brews.
Customer Review: Falling Sky regularly has an extensive variety of beer styles of their own creation, which is a good thing to find in an IPA-heavy town. Good kitchen as well.
- Phone: 541-505-7096
- Address: 1334 Oak Alley, Eugene, OR 97401, United States
- Beers to Try: Dreadnut Foreign Export Stout and Daywalker Irish Red
- Website: fallingskybrewing.com
Alesong Brewing and Blending pays homage to old world Lambic blenders and artisan winemakers in their small batch, barrel aged blends. The innovative and balanced craft beers are matured in barrels and consciously blended with fresh ingredients to create a unique tasting experience.
Take a trip to their countryside taproom for an unforgettable experience. Sit back and relax while soaking up the panoramic views of uninterrupted countryside, or head inside for a tour of the facility and learn what makes Alesong Brewing and Blending so special.
Customer Review: Nothing else like it in the state. Maybe even the western half of the country. So special. Sour ales are exceptional but their bourbon barrel aged stouts and Scottish ales are incredible, second to none.
- Phone: 541-844-9925
- Address: 80848 Territorial Hwy, Eugene, OR 97405, United States
- Beers to Try: Mocha Rhino Suit
- Website: alesongbrewing.com/
Hop Valley is truly making waves in the craft beer scene. They love experimenting with new and old ingredients to create some truly delicious beer. The Tasting room at the Eugene location has a warm, relaxed feel, perfect for spending time with your pals while sipping on one (or more) of their 25 beers on tap. If you’re an IPA fan, trust us when we say you’ve got to try their popular IPA beers with cryo hops, fruit, and lower ABV.
Customer Review: Great beer and a nice place to drink it. One of our favorite breweries. And they give nice 16 oz pours! The reuben sandwich was delicious!
- Phone: (541) 485-2337
- Address: 990 W 1st Ave, Eugene, OR 97402, United States
- Beers to Try: Citrus Mistress IPA
- Website: hopvalleybrewing.com/
Oakshire Brewing values craftsmanship, community, teaching and learning, authenticity, and of course, great craft beer. They brew their beer in small batches in the Whiteaker neighborhood of Eugene — an eccentric, artistically inspired part of the city. They put 100% of their focus on brewing amazing craft beer so they don’t have a food menu themselves, but don’t worry, they’ve partnered up with some great food trucks that rotate all the time.
Customer Review: Oakshire is my favorite brewery in Eugene. The atmosphere is pleasant and nice outdoor sitting. Has food trucks. The beer is the main attraction though, with changing top tier selections. I love their IPAs, as my friend loves their sours. There is a beer here for everyone! My golden retriever loves coming here too!
- Phone: (541) 654-5520
- Address: 207 Madison St, Eugene, OR 97402, United States
- Beers to Try: Watershed IPA and Overcast Espresso Stout
- Website: oakbrew.com/
Claim 52 Kitchen serves up some great eats alongside even better brews. They’ve nailed the traditional Northwest-style IPAs, porters, and other classic brews, but they’re also keen on experimenting with new ingredients and flavours. Their unique, hazy, tropical-inspired brews and fruit-infused beers are quickly gaining popularity amongst craft beer lovers.
Their kitchen is a popular spot in Eugene, but they’ve also got a tasting room at their manufacturing facility on Tyinn St. Check their website for updated hours and pop in for a brewery tour!
Customer Review: Everything I’ve had on the menu is delicious, the beer is amazing (Thicc is incredible, but they’re also killing the hazy game!), staff is always kind and helpful. Definitely my go-to spot for a good end-of-the-week beer.
- Phone: 458-205-8188
- Address: 1203 Willamette St #140, Eugene, OR 97401, United States
- Beers to Try: Fluffy Hazy IPA
- Website: claim52brewing.com/
Viking Braggot Brewing is the only brewery to offer an entire tap list of braggots, one of the oldest fermented drinks, pioneered by the Vikings. Braggot is a blend of both mead and beer. Mead is a wine made of honey that was too expensive a little over 1,000 years ago, so the Vikings decided to mix it with the cheaper beer and call it Braggot!
Viking Braggot Brewing uses local honey and craft beer ingredients inspired by Norse traditions to create their lineup of Braggots. Paired deliciously with Scandinavian comfort food and some of the best pizza in the area. The chefs actually use their braggot to add a little taste to the crust of their pies. A unique experience you can’t miss out on.
Customer Review: Stunning attention to design and visual appeal. Great selection of IPAs and Mead from southern Oregon.
- Phone: 541-653-8371
- Address: 2490 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97405, United States
- Beers to Try: Battle Axe IPA with Wildflower Honey and Reverence Red with Orange Blossom Honey
- Website: drinkviking.com/
Coldfire Brewing Company specializes in small batch European brewing traditions and Northwestern aesthetic. Their outdoor patio is a popular spot for a sunny day brew and their weekly events like cribbage tournaments, trivia, bingo, and open mic night every single week definitely keep things interesting!
With a dozen delicious beers on tap, plus a few guest taps, you’re sure to find something to please your palate at Coldfire Brewing.
Customer Review: Fun relaxed atmosphere, super friendly staff, great beer, incredible burgers…..tough to beat ColdFire Brewing on a nice summer afternoon
- Phone: 541-636-3889
- Address: 263 Mill St, Eugene, OR 97401, United States
- Beers to Try: Cumulus Tropicalus Hazy IPA
- Website: coldfirebrewing.com/
Elk Horn Brewery on Broadway St., downtown Eugene is down the street from the University of Oregon campus and a few other breweries. They’ve got 23 beers on tap made with fresh, local ingredients and the kitchen serves up mouthwatering Southern-style dishes with a Nortwestern twist.
Customer Review: No disappointments here! Great server who knew how to pair a beer recommendation with the daily special. Patio is street-side but you can sit with back to the street and the plants are a nice touch. Food done by previous Delacata food cart chef- menu is eclectic and southern influenced…with the right touch of Oregon down-to-earth.
- Phone: 541-505-8356
- Address: 686 E Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401, United States
- Beers to Try: Flyin’ Hawaiian IPA
- Website: elkhornbrewery.com/
Gratitude Brewing is just a few years old, located in the historic setting of The Old Foundry building at 8th and Ferry in downtown. They specialize in hoppy beers and kettle sours, but they’ve got traditional light and dark beers as well!
Customer Review: We absolutely LOVED this brewery. All of the beers we tried were great – Hop Galaxy and Boogie Patrol were some of our favorites. Met one of the owners, Josh, who was super friendly. Loved the space and they do lots of events here. Must check it out if you’re in the area!
- Phone: 541-654-5009
- Address: 540 E 8th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, United States
- Beers to Try: Keep it Hazy Eugene
- Website: gratitudebrewing.com/
Enjoy the best breweries in Eugene!
Make sure to go and check out Eugene’s best craft breweries, grab a locally brewed pint (or 2) and support your local brewers!
If we’ve missed a brewery on our list that you think should be added, contact us and let us know who the brewery is and why you think it should be added to our list of the top breweries in Eugene!