Eugene Craft Beer Roundup: Best Nano, Winter Fest, Homebrew Meetup, Happy Holidays

Dec. 12, 2013, Eugene Craft Beer Roundup

Claim 52 Named Best Nano Brewery in Oregon

Claim 52 Brewing named "Best Nano in Oregon" by Northwest Brewing News readers. Image: Northwest Brewing News.
Claim 52 Brewing named “Best Nano in Oregon” by Northwest Brewing News readers. Image: Northwest Brewing News.

Congratulations, Claim 52 Brewing! One of Eugene’s newest craft breweries, Claim 52 was recently named “Best Nano in Oregon” in the Annual Reader’s Choice Awards from the Northwest Brewing News:

Claim 52’s reputation for good workaday beers has been growing and growing. This latest accolade says we have more good things to look forward to. Learn more at Claim 52’s Facebook page »

4th Annual Eugene Winter & Strong Ale Fest at 16 Tons

Eugene Winter and Strong Ale Fest

Warm up with winter ales at the 4th Annual Eugene Winter & Strong Ale Fest at 16 Tons Cafe, 29th & Willamette, on Dec. 13-14. The Festival provides a unique opportunity to sample seasonal, one-off, and rare beers from renowned brewers from Oregon and beyond. Eclectic and interesting beers will abound for both the novice and the experienced beer enthusiast

The 16 Tons crew serves up over 50 craft beers including…

  • Belgian Strong Ales
  • Barrel Aged Ales
  • Spiced Ales
  • Barley Wines
  • Imperial Stouts
  • Imperial Browns
  • Strong Sour Ales
  • Traditional Old Ales
  • Rare imports
  • Winter-style IPAs

The Winter Fest was the first festival 16 Tons held during their inaugural year of operation. “Of all of the beer events I take part in, the Winter Fest is dearest to me,” says Mike Coplin, owner and founder.

Headlining breweries include:

  • Ninkasi
  • Oakshire
  • Breakside
  • Plank Town
  • Deschutes
  • Hop Valley
  • Block 15
  • Flat Tail
  • McKenzie/Steelhead
  • Gilgamesh
  • Worthy
  • Elysian
  • Full Sail
  • Heater Allen
  • Hopworks
  • Laurelwood
  • Double Mountain
  • 10 Barrel
  • Midnight Sun
  • Gigantic
  • Alaskan
  • Widmer
  • Evil Twin
  • De Struise Brouwers
  • BrewDog
  • The Commons
  • Hair of the Dog
  • Brew Dog
  • Firestone Walker
  • Dogfish Head
  • Stone
  • Mad River
  • Fort George
  • And more!

The Winter Fest runs 5-10 p.m. each day, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13-14. Entry is free. Tasters: $1-$2, cash only. The 16 Tons Cafe is located in Woodfield Station at 2864 Willamette. More info at

Monthly Homebrew Meetup

Cascade Brewers Society, Eugene, Oregon

Cascade Brewers Society Meeting Dec. 30

The Eugene-area club for homebrewers, the Cascade Brewers Society holds their monthly meeting on the last Monday of the month. The October meeting is Mon., Dec. 30, 7 p.m., in the downstairs room at the Rogue Ales Public House, 844 Olive St., Eugene.

The meeting is open to all area homebrewers. There will be a discussion about an aspect of homebrewing, and homebrewers are welcome to bring homebrew to share.

More info at »

Happy Holidays!

Merry beery holidays to you! The Craft Beer Roundup will be on a holiday break for the rest of the year. I raise a glass to you, and wish you a wonderful holiday season, and a fantastic 2014.

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