Ninkasi Brewing Company
Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
3.25/5 rDev -22.6%
First off, I want to make it clear the ranking is for the tap room as a place to visit, not for Ninkasi beer, which is almost uniformly excellent. But I'm posting this as a bit of a warning for people who might be travelling through and considering making a stop.
Ninkasi's tap room is a block or two away from their production facility in a neighborhood that realtors would politely refer to as "in transition." (In other words, right now it sucks, though I suppose it has potential to get better.) There are lots of people just kind of milling around who look like they're homeless, addicted to meth, crazy, or all of the above. When we pulled up, there was a pile of trash someone had just dumped on the corner, and two people going through it, picking things out. There was a guy walking in the street, leaning over to look inside parked cars, obviously checking to see if there was anything worth taking. It didn't seem like a safe place to leave your car parked (the tap room has no parking lot, so you're parking in the street a block of two away), especially when we had a lot of valuable stuff with us on our vacation.
The tap room itself is nice enough, and there's a very nice outdoor seating area. The tap list, on this day anyway, didn't have anything unusual or exclusive. I understand they serve some food but none of the 15-20 people there seemed to be eating. But we didn't hang around.
Ninkasi makes great beer, but there's not much reason to come to their tap room to drink it, as there are probably dozens of better locations to enjoy it in Eugene alone. If you're travelling down I-5 and considering a stop, I'd say just keep rolling.
08-04-2014 21:13:38 | More by MLucky
Ninkasi Brewing Company in Eugene, OR
93 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.