Eugene Craft Beer Roundup: Best Stouts, New Ninkasi Brewery

Mar. 20, 2014, Eugene Craft Beer Roundup

Oregon Goes Strong on List of Best Stouts

Image: Thrillist
Image: Thrillist

St. Patrick’s Day have you thirsty for more stout? If you’re like me, you can never get enough of it. But what is out there beyond the world of Guinness?

Luckily, Thrillist made this easy with their list of 11 Definitive Stouts, plus lots of honorable mentions. Wherever you are, odds are you can find a good stout to chase your Guinness on the big day.

Locally and for Oregon, I second their inclusion of Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout (part of a 6-way tie at #18). Rogue's Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout, from Newport on the Oregon Coast, smacks down #9. The list is packed with other great Oregon beers including…

  • Pelican Tsunami Stout (what is it with the coast and great stout?)
  • Hopworks Survival 7-Grain Stout (Portland)
  • Laurelwood Space Stout (Portland)
  • Deschutes Obsidian Stout (Bend; always welcome at my table)
  • Ninkasi Oatis (Eugene! And now I'm thirsty…)

And more. Check out the full list »

New Ninkasi Brewery

Image: Ninkasi Brewing
Image: Ninkasi Brewing

You may have noticed all the construction around Ninkasi Brewing in the Whit. They’ve been building an expanded brewery to meet their beer production needs for the next 10 years… and everything is going online now. Grain is filling the 160,000-lb.-capacity silo. Systems are being checked. Test brews are getting run.

It is on, Eugene.

Brewing will continue at the original brewery, but the new brewery is, well, it still kinda blows my mind.

The current brewery has a 95–105 barrel capacity. Just the first phase of the new brewery adds a 550-barrel capacity (17,050 gallons) to Ninkasi’s brewing power.

There’ll be more about this in the April edition of the Oregon Beer Growler, stay tuned!

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