Move over, Beervana. Eugene’s becoming Brew-gene! While no other city in the world can compete with Portland’s saturation of suds (52 breweries and counting), what’s bubbling up in Eugene’s Whiteaker neighborhood is worth raising a glass to. The industrial neighborhood south of the Willamette River has four new thirst-quenching developments.

Craft brew powerhouse Ninkasi Brewing is working on a two-story, LEED-certified brewhouse, administrative offices and local distribution facility adjacent to its current location at 272 Van Buren Street, which should be completed in 2014. Take your tasting tray or pint out to the patio and nosh on locally made snacks and meals from rotating food carts. Signature beer: Total Domination IPA

Oakshire Brewing opened a public house at 207 Madison Street in April of this year. Snacks and food cart fare are available to enjoy with a full roster of regular, seasonal and single batch beers. The new space provided room for the tasting room, offices, warehouse space and barrel aging room. Best for fall: Autumn Oakshire Harvest Ale

In June, Springfield-based Hop Valley Brewing Company introduced a tasting room and brewery at 990 W. First Avenue. Nibble on a small menu of classic pub grub, and sit on the big patio or rustic interior. Quadrupled production space lets Hop Valley brewers experiment with small batches. Check out unique offerings on its 25 taps. Look for: Octberfest beer and fresh hop beer

Check out the latest addition to Falling Sky Brewing at 790 Blair Boulevard, which opened this August. The Falling Sky Delicatessen carries the same handcrafted brews and sodas as the brewing house gastropub (on 1334 Oak Alley) as well as a full deli menu of house-cured meats, breads and bagels. Must try: Umbrella Free ESB

Now you’ve got four tall, cold reasons to visit Eugene’s hoppiest new neighborhood.

About the Author: Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin is the editor of Travel Oregon’s Seasonal Features, enewsletters and annual visitor guide. When she’s not cooking up trip ideas, Oregon Dreamer profiles and outdoor adventures to write about, she’s out exploring Oregon.

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  1. Viki Wooster says…

    Portland does have a lot of breweries, but with 22 breweries (and counting), I believe Bend has more craft breweries per capita than Portland – or almost any other place in the country. Just sayin’
    Enjoyed the story.

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