Ninkasi Brewing Company

Ninkasi Brewing CompanyNinkasi Brewing Company
Ninkasi Brewing CompanyNinkasi Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

272 Van Buren St.
Eugene, Oregon, 97402
United States

(541) 344-2739 | map

Notes: The Ninkasi tasting room, located in the brewery building, opened in November 2009.

Tasting Room Hours
Sun-Wed: Noon-9pm
Thurs-Sat: Noon-10pm

Dock Sales Hours
Mon-Fri: 9:30am-5:30pm
Saturday: Noon-4:30pm
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Ratings by MLucky:
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2
by MLucky from California

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.

Aug 04, 2014
More User Ratings:
3.84 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Feb 14, 2020
3.82 by gefinley from California on Jul 14, 2019
4.48 by Seamck333 from Oregon on Dec 19, 2018
3.75 by einman from Minnesota on May 08, 2018
4.03 by jbfarris from Georgia on Aug 23, 2017
5 by Ninkasi_Ali from Oregon on Feb 24, 2017
4.08 by krdhawk from Iowa on Jan 13, 2017
4.44 by Mikey440 from California on Jan 10, 2017
3.69 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Dec 03, 2016
3.73 by RHVC59 from Oregon on Sep 25, 2016
3.61 by icemanls4 from Switzerland on Sep 19, 2016
4.2 by crob3888 from California on Aug 13, 2016
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5/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
by hopguy28 from Oregon

Eugene area. Awesome beer and people.. Its the Whitaker area!

Aug 07, 2016
4.23 by TheBr3wster from California on Apr 28, 2016
3.43 by mrpitrolo from Oregon on Mar 08, 2016
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4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
by Buzzsaw68 from Oregon

One of my favorite breweries in Eugene, Oregon. The location isn't in the best part of the city, but that area has improved along way. Ninkasi is a pinnacle in the Eugene area and Western Oregon beer lovers community. It's a really cool looking modern atmosphere with open stone fire pits fueled by gas. Tasting room is small with a dozen or so seats, which is ok because there is ample seating outside. No food served by them, but a food cart is right next it and one is also across the street. Good food. The tap selection is always changing with seasonal beers which keeps interest in return visits to taste them on draft. They also keep their staple beers always on tap (Total Domination etc.). Cleanliness is well maintained, the staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful to those who are new to tasting craft beers and those who want something different. They'll let you sample anything before buying. Great company! Locally Owned! Good people! A must for any Eugene visit or brew tour.

Feb 27, 2016
4.15 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Feb 16, 2016
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3.96/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5
by YpsiKimo from Michigan

Came here in mid September with a friend who was a Eugene Restauranteur. Enjoyed the beer tremendously. Liked the outdoor seating but the fire could've been warmer.

Jan 29, 2016
4.39 by dmk82 from California on Dec 13, 2015
4.76 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon on Oct 25, 2015
4.6 by PapaBlue52 from Indiana on Jul 28, 2015
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3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5
by MIrvine from California

Very nice place but wish they sold bottles. Growler prices are reasonable.

Jul 27, 2015
4.25 by ItsYourBoyBlue from Washington on Jul 23, 2015
4 by Rizzy17 from Pennsylvania on Jul 20, 2015
3.48 by aoampm from Hawaii on Jun 24, 2015
3.76 by Mebuzzard from Colorado on Jun 23, 2015
Photo of Cavalcavia
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
by Cavalcavia from California

A must-visit when visiting Eugene. Unless you're a local... then you can go any time you please.

Jun 16, 2015
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4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
by DoctorZombies from Florida

Very busy tasting room on a Friday afternoon. Still, great service. Tasty flight, and I really liked the tasting cards for each beer. Eclectic vibe with college kids and older folks, all enjoying beer in the sunshine.

May 30, 2015
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4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75
by Naugled from New York

Stopped by for a quick sampling, the beer was good, but the place seems to be lacking character, I mean they are trying to build character but it seemed forced to me.

Apr 01, 2015
4.25 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Mar 20, 2015
4.05 by CB2maltygoodness from District of Columbia on Mar 10, 2015
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4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
by JohnBiale from California

Took the tour. Nice neighborhood vibe.

Feb 23, 2015
4.08 by Harvest06 from Oregon on Jan 09, 2015
4.5 by LouZ from Washington on Nov 25, 2014
4.5 by kingpin1010 from California on Oct 25, 2014
3 by Beer21 from Florida on Sep 28, 2014
4.5 by Chadlogans from Oregon on Sep 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
by stouts4me from Illinois

Got the grand tour from a BA buddy, this place is huge! They have like, 5 blocks of buildings, and growing.

The tasting room is real nice, plenty of merch, nice selection for you to choose your beers from.

Great outdoors area for kicking back and enjoying some Tricerahops on the weekend.

Aug 24, 2014
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