Oregon’s oldest city themed beer week makes its triumphant return on Memorial Day and runs for seven consecutive days from May 30 through June 5, 2016. The 6th Annual Eugene Beer Week brings together the best breweries from the Willamette Valley and beyond for a week that celebrates the regions craft beer culture.
Travel Lane County will kick off Eugene Beer Week when it unveils the latest edition of the Eugene Ale Trail on Monday, May 30th. Since its inception, the Eugene Ale Trail has tracked over 930 completed passports. Now with a few new breweries open in the region, a new updated passport will be unveiled on Memorial Day at 16 Tons Café from 4:00 to 8:00pm. The new passport will also be available at the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center, Downtown Eugene Visitor Center, and participating breweries the following day on May 31st.
This year’s Eugene Beer Week will also see the official debut of Alesong Brewing & Blending, the new project that Matt Van Wyk, formerly of Oakshire Brewing, and brothers Brian and Doug Coombs recently opened on Eugene’s westside. Alesong will make its official on Tuesday, May 31st at The Bier Stein when it hosts an Alesong and Friends Beer Dinner with its first beers pouring alongside Block 15, Breakside, and Crooked Stave. If you just want to try out Alesong’s first four beers there will be a tasting in the bar all night long.
The first four beers to be poured from Alesong include the following.
Here Comes the Sun – A mixed culture fermentation Witbier.
Indi’s Gold – A Petite Saison with Black Tea.
Strawberry Gose – A Traditional Gose-style ale (sea salt and coriander) with a light kiss of strawberries.
Bourbon Prelude – A blended strong stout ages in bourbon barrels.
Alesong will also be participating in a few other events during Eugene Beer Week. These events and others great Eugene Beer Week events can be found below. More specific details can be found on the Eugene Beer Week website from clicking here.
Monday, May 30th
Ballast Point Pop Up Pub – Beergarden, 777 W 6th Ave. // Eugene
Best Imperial IPA Blind Taste Off – The Tap & Growler
Beer Releases & Live Music – Hop Valley Tasting Room, 990 West 1st Avenue // Eugene
Three Blind Beers – Falling Sky Brewhouse, 30 E 13th Ave.
Eugene Ale Trail Party – 16 Tons Cafe, 2864 Willamette #500 // Eugene
Lagunitas Pine Box Derby – Beergarden, 777 W 6th Ave. // Eugene
Beer Family Feud – The Bier Stein, 1591 Willamette Street // Eugene
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.