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16 Tons Cafe

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3 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2864 Willamette St Ste 500
Eugene, Oregon, 97405-7204
United States

(541) 485-2700 | map

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Added by MikeCoplin on 11-05-2012

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 1
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vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

The taphouse version of 16 tons is a lot closer to where I work and live, so I probably won't make it down here all that often (though it's not much more than a mile from the taphouse). However, like its sister pub on 13th ave, this is another excellent place to drop in for a beer.

The location of the cafe is a bit odd, as it's in a fairly small strip mall back aways off of Willamette St. It's located between a MofC grocery store and a pegasus pizzeria, and so is kind of easy to overlook. The place is pretty drab inside, with lime green walls and not a whole lot of decor. Like the Taphouse, the cafe is fairly small, with no bar area to sit at, and just a smattering of tables for guests to sit at and enjoy their beer and light fare. Unlike the taphouse, the cafe does have a limited food menu (the place is pretty small, and I'm not sure they have kitchen per se), as well as nice selection of coffee drinks. On this day, they had 12 different craft options and imports on tap (fresh Hop Venom and RPM, among other things), and there is supposedly a fairly good size bottle selection (according to the website and menu). Unlike the taphouse, there aren't a lot of bottles for sale out on the floor, and as it turns out, the bottle menu pertains to the selection over at the taphouse. Both on draft and on bottle, the quality of the selection here looked to be pretty high, with once again an emphasis on local and regional offerings.

On this particulat day, I was here for a HOTD cheese and beer tasting, and service was fast, efficient, polite and knowledgeable. Hard to know if this is typical for the cafe, but I was impressed on this day. From what I can tell, it appears that you normally place your order at the counter, and your order is poured and then brought to your table. In any event, the fact 16 tons could even hold an event like this (with Alan Sprints in attendance), I think says a lot about their committment to good beer and high quality events. Anyway, call me impressed once again by 16 tons (if only they had a functioning phone). I'm sure to be back.

Update from 12/11/15. Nothing really new to report, but after living in Eugene for over two years (and visiting the café numerous times), it was apparent that my original service score was too high. Folks here are nice, but this place seems to burn through staff, and no one (other than the regulars I see over at the tap house) ever seems to know anything about the beers on offer. Over pours, under pours, and glass mispricings (usually to the detriment of the café) are common. Still a solid place, and they often have some real gems on tap, but the service is not this place's strong suit.

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16 Tons Cafe in Eugene, OR
Place rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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