844 Olive Street
So now we're here in 2011 and at Rogue's Public House: Eugene City Brewery. While researching for this trip I asked the question "Does anybody care about Eugene City Brewery anymore?" Even though I got little response through my social networks, the answer was overwhelming when I stepped into the pub: it was packed! Trivia night + the eve of a Duck game brought hoards of people in. This includes my own hoard of lovely Eugenians (and Portlanders) I miss so much: Shannon, William, Erik, Amy, Spencer, Brandy, and Joy. Then Amy's roommate Adam popped by, followed by my parents, and Shannon's friends Jenny and Scott. It seems more and more like people love it here!
What's not to love? This place has a ton of beer to choose from. Track Town Ales are the beers that are brewed in-house by Nate Sampson. Nate loves to experiment, so if you're looking for something out of the ordinary definitely choose a Track Town seasonal. The other beers are obviously Rogue ales; these ales are brewed on at Rogue's flagship brewery in Newport. Lots of beers to choose from, all of them sounding delicious after a day of plane travel. I went with the Wet Hop Ale; it had the earthy, fresh taste that makes the wet hop season something to look forward to. Our waiter informed me that Rogue and Track Town both brewed wet hop ales with the same recipe but differing in type of hops used. Rogue used cascade hops while Track Town used crystal hops. In the end, I preferred the Rogue version; I'm a sucker for darker beers.