The Tap and Growler

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9 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

207 E 5th Ave
Ste 115
Eugene, Oregon, 97401-2762
United States

(541) 505-9751 | map

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Added by John_M on 11-05-2013

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Photo of flagmantho
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The Tap and Growler is located just across the street from McKenzie/Steelhead brewing in Eugene. They have 45 beers on tap, plus tons of wines and ciders and stuff. There are a lot of great things on offer, with a big variety of styles and geographical origins.

The atmosphere is nice, with a good café feel. They do have a TV, but it's not the focus of the place. All the pints are imperial, and they mark the glasses with fill levels so you know you're getting an honest pour. It's a good place.

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4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Harvest06
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

I was glad to be able to visit the Tap and Growler on my latest trip to Eugene It is latterly across the street from the Steel Head, so it is an easy one two punch.

There are group picnic tables in front of this cozy spot. There are two levels inside with an L shaped bar. It is well laid out with lots of seating. I love the 20' community table in the lower level near the TV.

There are high ceilings with exposed beams and duct work. The furniture looks to be custom made and is an attractive mix of wood and steel.

Extremely friendly service that is free with samples.

They also offer a small but inviting menu.

They offer 40 beers on tap with most being PNW selections. They have a good variety of styles and brewers. Prices are very fair with a dollar off for happy hour.

They also have live music several nights per week.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of John_M
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

The T&G is yet another recent edition to Eugene's burgeoning growler station scene. As these things go in town, the T&G is one of the better new additions, second only (I would argue) to the new Growler Guys place.

As one walks in from Pearl Street, you see a split level dining area, with an L shaped bar straight back from the door. The place is fair sized (though not large), with a fair number of tables and chairs, and then roughly 20 seats in the raised bar area in the back. There's a lot of wood, which give the place a warm vibe, and the place comes across as a comfortable informal place to hang out with a beer. They also have a couple of TV's as I recall, and then a more formal seperate room in the back for various beer related functions (I think you can rent the space out as well; and it was a great place sit back and enjoy a few beers during a recent "meet the brewer" event).

Beer selection is strong and well thought out here. They generally have 40 beers on tap at any one time, along with a dozen or so wines, meads, teas and ciders I believe. The tap selection is fairly diverse, though it's a bit heavy on the IPA's and DIPA's. This being Eugene, that makes sense, as IPA's and DIPA's are a big deal and very popular in this town (it's a rare pub that doesn't have Boneyard RPM or Hop Venom, or both, on tap here in town). Also, while the tap list tends to focus on stuff form the California and NW, they typically have at least one German or Belgium beer on tap here as well.

Service is pretty good. Everyone I've met has been pretty friendly and obviously into craft beer. Knowledge on the part of the staff varies, but typically is pretty good. Beers here are generally priced by the sample size pour, the glass/pint, half growler and full growler, and for the most part, prices here tend to be pretty reasonable. Also, unlke a lot of places in town, they will do counter pressure growler fills, which I think increases the longevity of the contents, should that be a concern for you. Hours are a bit odd here. I think they're open 7 days a week, noon to 8:00 everyday. I say I think that's the case, because I couldn't find anything on-line about their hours, and there's nothing on their website listing the hours either.

Food is limited to several different takes on pannini's, as well as a cheese and/or charcouterie plate. I've only tried the latter, and while decent, I wouldn't exactly call this a food destination. Most times I expect I'll order food elsewhere, or will eat at home, before heading over to the T&G. Nevertheless, this is a very solid place, and one I'm happy to see here in Eugene.

Edit from 6/15. Still wouldn't call this a food destination, but they've definitely upped their game since my original review. You can now get sandwiches, soups, nachos, a hummus plate, etc., and the nachos here are really pretty decent (at least for Eugene). Along with Bier Stein and 16 tons, I'd call this one of the top craft beer destinations in town.

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