’s 2014 Great American Beer Bars


This past month asked its readers to vote for their favorite craft beer bars in their annual Great American Beer Bars competition. Eugene, Oregon’s The Bier Stein won top honors in the Pacific region and Portland’s APEX Bar and Seattle’s The Pine Box also finished in the region’s top 5 finalists. Read More…


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The Bier Stein Bottleshop & Pub Selected One of America’s Top Beer Bars

 2013 Great American Beer Bars Winners


Welcoming the support and acknowledgement of craft beer fans all over the country, The Bier Stein Bottleshop and Pub has been recognized on’s second annual list of Great American Beer Bars as the best beer bar in the Pacific region.  Voted by readers, the list acknowledges the top beer bars from the five geographical regions of the United States. The Bier Stein was the craft beer bar in Pacific region to garner the most votes from passionate beer lovers.


The increased level of participation by craft beer lovers in this year’s voting demonstrates the significant role that the bars play in the craft beer community. Over 5,000 craft beer bars received support from their loyal customers through nominations and nearly 40,000 votes were cast by craft beer lovers for their subsequent favorites.


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The Bier Stein of Eugene Re-Opens in New Space

Crowd of beer lovers gather at the new Bier Stein location in Eugene for a not-so-soft opening on Sunday April 14, 2013

It’s official the new and improved Bier Stein is open for business as of 11:00 a.m. at 1591 Willamette Street in Eugene, Oregon.  The new spot, just eight blocks south of their former location is replete with a full kitchen and much more room for more of what people want – craft beer.

According to manager Dave Stockhausen, the new 12,000-square-foot Bier Stein will host 24 taps and a cask engine up front as well as a back bar with the ability for six additional taps for special events (a total of 31 possible). Much bigger than the old Bier Stein location on 345 11th Ave. which closed its doors on March 23, 2013, the new haunt has been assessed by the fire marshal to have a 247 person occupancy Read More…


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Acacia Cooper Named Recipient of Falconer Foundation American Brewers Guild Scholarship

Acacia Cooper of Anderson Valley Brewing
Press release:
From an outstanding group of talented applicants, Acacia Cooper of Anderson Valley Brewing Company (Boonville, CA) has been named recipient of the 2013 Glen Hay Falconer Foundation scholarship to the American Brewers Guild.  Acacia will be attending the American Brewers Guild’s Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering course which runs from January through June 2013.  The Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering course is a 22-week distance education program with a final week of residential instruction.  The course is designed for brewers and homebrewers who lack formal training in brewing science and covers all the fundamentals of beer production and quality assurance.  
In making its final decision, the Selection Committee members were impressed by Acacia’s dedication, passion, and contributions to the broader brewing community.  In the words of committee members: “We were impressed by Acacia’s commitment to craft brewing as demonstrated both by her work as a brewer and her use of her chemistry background to produce an original study of green beer analysis that was presented to the MBAA.”  Adds another Read More…

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Ninkasi and Hopworks Bier Stein Tap Takeover

L to R: Ninkasi's Jamie Floyd, The Bier Stein's Chip Hardy, and Hopworks' Jaime Rodriguez

By Aaron Brussat

Jamie Floyd of Ninkasi (left) and Jaime Rodriguez of HopworksTwo Jamies invaded The Bier Stein on the evening of Wednesday July 13, 2011: Ninkasi’s Jamie Floyd and Hopworks’ Jaime Rodriguez. Five beers from each brewery flooded the taplist. Notable rarities were HUB’s Muscles from Brussels Belgian Strong Dark and Evelyn’s Imperial Sunshine IPA, plus Critical Hit Barleywine (440 pounds of hops in a 37 barrel batch!) and a gin barrel-aged version of the KLCC Collaboration session ale from Ninkasi. Floyd and Rodriguez met as brewers Read More…


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Six Great Summer Brews For The Solstice

The Bier Stein's Dave Stockenhaus (left) serves up some of the best brews in Oregon

When it comes to great summer beers, or just great brews in general, a top destination to fulfill your warm weather wishlist is The Bier Stein in Eugene, Oregon. Crowned by Beer West Magazine as having the best bottle selection on the West Coast, it’s hard to argue with the fact that The Stein has remained a solid resource for some of the region’s best brews since opening in 2005. The shop not far from the University of Oregon campus houses more than 1,000 different bottles of craft beer and ten unique rotating offerings on tap. Further, The Stein’s owner in Chip Hardy not only sells the good stuff – he brews it.

A huge part of the vibe at The Bier Stein can be attributed to Dave Stockhausen, the manager of the joint who is as knowledgeable and passionate about craft beer as anyone in the business. Stockhausen runs much of the daily operations at The Stein and is to thank for the execution of much of Hardy’s wonderful vision. We pulled Stockhausen aside from his duties for a moment to get a recommendation on a splendid mixed sixer of brews he has recently shelved at The Bier Stein. Here’s six beauts approved by Stockhausen that you might want to snag before they’re gone: Read More…


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The Man Behind The Bier Stein

Bier Stein founder Chip Hardy brewing The Missing Link IPA at Oakshire

By Aaron Brussat

Chip Hardy, owner of The Bier Stein Bottleshop & Pub of Eugene, is putting his brewing boots back on. It started with last year’s “High Five,” a deceptively strong imperial red ale that Hardy brewed at Ninkasi to commemorate the Stein’s fifth anniversary, and which took first in a blind imperial red taste-off. His first collaboration of this year, “Missing Link” IPA, was brewed at Oakshire and took first place in a flight of local IPAs.

Due out soon is another strong, hoppy offering: a revisiting of a Glen Hay Falconer tribute beer that Hardy and Todd Friedman, now a brewer at Hop Valley, brewed when they worked together at West Brothers. The new beer, the 6th Element Imperial IPA, should be available at The Bier Stein and Hop Valley in early July. Future plans include a beer with Read More…


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