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Ninkasi Brewing Company
Active Beers: 37
Beer Ratings: 2,983
Beer Avg: 3.62
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
272 Van Buren St.
phone: (541) 344-2739
The Ninkasi tasting room, located in the brewery building, opened in November 2009.
Tasting Room Hours
Dock Sales Hours
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Stopped by the brewery tasting room coming back from the coast.
The brewery tasting room has a modernistic feel to it, with high ceilings and a minimalist vibe. It's fairly small as well, though fortunately there is a good size outdoor patio area for sitting out and enjoying a beer or three when weather permits. On this particular day the weather was gorgeous (low 70's with a very light breeze and no humidity), and so there was a good size crowd outside sipping Ninkasi's excellent beers. The quality of the beers was across the board excellent, with not a dud in the bunch. My friend isn't quite the hophead I am, but she quite enjoyed the pale ale, the summer (Radiant) ale and cream ale. As for me, I stayed with the always excellent tricerahops and delicious Maiden the Shade, both of which were very fresh. As for selection, I think they were pouring roughly 8 beers this day. As Jeff pointed out in his review, it would be nice if Ninkasi had a couple of brewery only beers on tap here, to sort of make it worth the trouble of driving to the tasting room. I would have to agree with that as well. While I had a very nice time here, I really can't imagine why I'd want to come by again, unless I happened to be in the area or lived in the neighborhood.
In any event... service was fine, what there was of it. You order your beer at the counter inside, and then you take it back to your table, whether it be inside or outside. Waits in line can be a tad long at times, as the wait staff often are required to provide brewery information and beer style info for those unfamiliar with Ninkasi. Food is very limited, consisting of soup, chili and large pretzels (I don't believe there is a kitchen per se... just a microwave and hot pot for the soup and chili). Prices were pretty reasonable I thought. Pints were $5 and 12 ounces glasses were $4.
On this particular day (a Saturday), there was live music out on the patio area, which I gather is common in the summertime. This is very much a no frills operation, but it's othewise a very comfortable place to relax and enjoy a beer, especially if you are a fan of Ninkasi beer (which I confess I am).
08-22-2010 14:21:07 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Visited the new tasting room 7.18.2010 in the afternoon.
A rather new brewing facility in the historic Whittaker neighborhood of Eugene, the Ninkasi tasting room features 8 taps, all the regular beers and one seasonal, which was not on tap when I visited. There was a eight seat bar featuring custom woodwork, 5 tables inside and 10 stylish concrete picnic tables outside with a firepit, an interesting looking outside space. After wondering into the office I was redirected into the tasting room, where I encountered a less than friendly and helpful barkeep, who was intent on spending time in conversation with a couple of the bar, trying to hope noone came in so he could have his cigarette break, then hurry back in to make time with a shapely coed who came into to say hi while I stood there waiting for a beer. Not cool dude, you wouldn't last a day in a bar in PDX. I was pretty disappointed in the selection, was expecting several experimental/one-offs. The only food to speak of were pasties from a Eugene purveyor which I didn't try. The 4.00 pint price was no bargain. While I am sure this place will be wildly successful once school is back in session, Jamie might consider a bit more quality control over his bar staff, who made this a rather mundane experience. Given the lack of special beers and poor service, I doubt if I'll return.
07-19-2010 04:30:09 |
More by jdense
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
Stopped by Ninkasi on our way back from Portland.
This is a newer construction modern looking building, very cool looking. Walked into the lobby and ordered a few beers to bring out to the patio. The patio is all concrete with gas fireplaces and concrete benches and tables to sit at, I could imagine this being the place to be at night.
Beers were tasty as Ninkasi normally makes them, it seems they have food, but its not a prominent feature at all, I didnt even really noticed that they offered food.
I enjoyed our stop here, I imagine that this is what Stone Brewing would do if they had 1/20th of the space that they currently have, a very cool place to hang and have a beer.
11-12-2011 03:03:04 |
More by tjensen3618
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is in the Whitaker neighborhood near downtown Eugene. This is where a large amount of homeless people hang around, so if you park your car here, be sure to lock it up, and hide all your valuables.
Cool little tasting room with a bar, and several tables to chill at and have a beer with some friends or co-workers. Very friendly staff, who are pretty knowledgable in what they are serving. I love Ninkasi beers, so I have to say the selection is pretty top notch. On occasion, they'll have some beers that you can only find at the tasting room, which is another reason to check this place out. I've never had any food there, in fact I don't think they even serve food at the tasting room. You could probably get pretzels.
Good prices for a pint.
05-22-2011 07:39:31 |
More by bradleyp
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a relatively new facility located in one of the more out-of-the-way neighborhoods in Eugene. Just ask for directions. As they continue to build, be mindful of the construction as you enter but once inside you'll find a nice little tasting room, typical of other similar brewing operations. They offer a decent sampler of 6 beers of your choice including the seasonal ones. The staff is knowledgable and conversant in tasting notes and suggestions.
Although they serve the beer on tap, they only distribute in 22oz bottles so if you like the stuff you may be hauling out a case of bombers.
The beer is great and unique and definitely worth a visit if visting or passing through Eugene.
07-11-2010 17:40:55 |
More by Norfawkers
Ninkasi Brewing Company in Eugene, OR