The Ninkasi Better Living Room brings all your favorite Ninkasi beers together in a new restaurant and gathering space. Their full-service kitchen will feature a menu of locally sourced items. They will also offer an expanded bar in order to feature more of their small batch beers from their 5-barrel Pilot Brewery. Perpetuate better living in the Whiteaker Neigborhood.
Praises to the divine goddess of beer – Ninkasi !
From the moment you walk past the silvery dinosaurs at the towering entryway, you know there is something special here! Have you ever tried a Velocihoptor or Tricerahops IPA?! Friendly enthusiastic staff greet you upon entry, & usher you to a table inside a spacious “living room,” or out to a picnic-style patio with umbrella-covered tables. Lots of free parking out front. Reservations are a must if you want to eat outside, with option of having your leashed dog at your side. The outside tables are positioned in a perimeter around a landscaped center dominated by a very impressive & lovely, giant Cedar of Lebanon tree. Another inside feature is the incredibly expansive bar with far-out, multiplex piping overhead – the wildest beer assembly at a bar I’ve ever seen! We ate in the airy “Better Living Room” (at well-separated tables) next to a “climbing wall” where the high ceilings & light from the tall windows cast a magic spell. Note: climbing wall is only a decoration now in this beer-dominated restaurant! Masks were required until you got seated. Ordering was done through your cell phone. Beer came first, and then the food. Our friend got the “Burrata & Summer Raratouille” – eggplant & zucchini entrée with cheese on a baguette – which was superb in presentation & taste! We got the hamburgers & fries – but were disappointed (seemed to be no seasoning in the meat, & there was nothing special about the fries.) Perhaps the chefs can “gourmet” up the burger & fries in the future, and maybe add more options, such as sweet potato fries or seasoned “dollar” fries. We did hear that the “Blue Heaven Popcorn” with Rogue Creamery blue cheese & fried onions was a hit! The BEER, however, is THE HIGHLIGHT! I love Stouts, and the Oatis oatmeal stout – rich & smooth & flavorful, with chocolate overtones – is absolutely ambrosial! Highly recommend! Thanks to the ancient Sumerian goddess of beer – Ninkasi – for her eloquent beer-making, AND for inspiring the name of this brewery!
Attention all Ninkasi fans. You need to come visit the mothership. All good here!
All my favorite breweries and nowhere near where I live so when something comes up and I get to visit one I am generally on it. Ninkasi is one of the last few of these Mecca’s I had failed to visit to this point. Their restaurant is a block over from their brewery. Because of COVID they have you order through the Q code and your phone, very simple. We talked to a waitress and she recommended the burger which we both had. Gotta tell you it was one of the best burgers I ever had. The restaurant inside kinda mat he’s the eclectic town it resides in. Can’t explain just a cool vibe inside. The food was phenomenal the beer speaks for itself no the service was great. Also had the bourbon ala mode, wings and this great popcorn. If you are a Ninkasi fan and I know there is a lot of you out there you have to come visit the mothership. you will not be disappointed in the least.
We visited the tasting room with a group of 7 adult family members and 2 children. I think we got kind of lucky by finding indoor seating right away and within minutes we all were enjoying a beer. The servers at the bar we're friendly, knowledgeable and made us feel welcome. We'll be back again.
Ninkasi was the first brewery on our list while visiting Eugene.
While visiting Eugene, we visited a few breweries as that's what we like to do on our travels. (And besides, Eugene didn't seem to have a whole heck of a lot else going on besides the overrated Voodoo donut store). Ninkasi was the first brewery on our list to visit. The brewery looks impressive on the outside, like someone really thought about it. It's modern, on the newer side and has good logo presence. We parked on the street and wandered into the smallish interior, which I somehow felt didn't quite match up to the modern sleekness of the exterior. It was a little tough to 'get in' at the small bar, but once we did, the bartender was helpful in getting us to the decision of what to order. There are some souvenirs for purchase off to one side like T-shirts and hats. Free stickers and buttons were also available for the taking. (The sticker is now adorning my husband's gym water bottle -- gotta love free advertising!) Since it was a perfect sunny day, we wandered out onto the partially covered patio and enjoyed our beers. If you found this review helpful in anyway, please click the like button. Thanks. :)
Good Weather Day
A large brewery with a great outdoor area. Nice choice of brews and a friendly staff. Worth the visit.