Falling Sky Brewing

Falling Sky BrewingFalling Sky Brewing
55 Ratings
Falling Sky BrewingFalling Sky Brewing

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1334 Oak Alley
Eugene, Oregon, 97401-4013
United States

(541) 505-7096 | map

Formerly "Valley Vintner & Brewer", expanded and changed name early 2012.

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Reviews by slander:
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

On the recommendation from Ninkasi Marty, so thank you. Parked around the corner and paid to park streetside, unloading my short change; nickel & diming the meter feed. Got Phil past the corner arcade but I may not be so lucky on our departure, we will see. Across the street, there’s something of a homebrew supply store on 13th, but you go down the side street, around the corner and down the alleyway to play…

Not so much an A-frame as a rounded airplane hanger ceiling wood plank & raftery, cross beams, & duct work, with slight sky light cuts. Brewroom to one side behind a ¾ wood framed paned wall, its lowers wood paneled. Dinged stainless steel honeycomb conditioning tanks to the left, and copper mash tun & brew kettle to the right. Ducts and marked pipings (steam, glycol return & supply) all about. 2 styles of growlers lining one window, and sample trays below.

Black painted concrete floorings. Drop cocoon pod lamps over the bar and in clusters out over the floor. Oh, the scariness. Drop suction cup lamps, too. 5 picnic tables across 2 rows running vertically from the bar, a long hightop table alongside the brewroom windows, and another picnic up front with 3 shortys horizontally across the way. All the seating that isn’t on a picnic bench is of mixed metal colored shortback chairs. The other side, a wall of windows and a garage door open in between with 9 shorty wide plank tables and another long varnished wood banquet table in the outside pen.

Straight wood plank bar with a fat wood tree cut top set up to the rear. You order, and then you go away, so seating for none. Grill & fryer are behind the bar, the tap row off to the far right on a stainless steel panel, and glassware shelved above. Further kitchenings behind that to the rear rear. A pair of boards from a beam mounted; one with wines, drinks, soda, tea, & coffee. The other with house & guest pours, ABV’s, IBU’s, & pricing.

Now sitting with Michael, one of the brewers. Happens sometimes when you scribble in a small book. Talking some of what they do here; the homebrew supply store up front has been for some time, but they’ve only been a brewpub for 6 months now.

20 taps on that row and 4 on an upright bar tower. 10 house beers, 6 of which I got to pick for my sampler, served on a rack shaped like their ‘cloud’ logo (Juniper Rye, 5.9%, dry & rye, juniper slightness; Leadbelly Oatmeal Stout, 5.4%, chocolatey roasty bitter; Hop Drop IPA, 6.8%, assertive, Bravo, with Chinook, Cascade, & Centennial finishing; The Tourist English IPA, 7.7%, not as sharp as the Hop Drop, no surprise there; Dr. Optic Standard Bitter, 3.7%, on both CO2 & nitro, I went with the CO2, a light bite; Dark Heart Munich Dunkel Lager, 5%, good toffee maltiness), + another 4 house beers, 2 of which I got to try (Spruce Goose Pale Ale, 4.6%, Phil ordered it and I drank his when he went for a smoke, juniper berry fruity, and good sprucey pine resin; Cloud Break Munich Helles, 4.6%, Mike pulled me a short shorty, oh Helles yes, real nice), and 2 of which I did not get to try (Zig Zag Smoke Ale, 7.3%, Oregon Logger Pre-Prohibition Lager, 5.4%), +5 guest taps; 3 local beers from town (Steelhead St Bernard’s Brown Ale, Oakshire Perfect Storm Imperial IPA & Overcast Espresso Stout), 1 from Portland (New Old Lompoc LSD), a cider (2 Towns Ciderhouse The Incider), 6 draft wines & 2 house sodas. Hop Drop IPA, Dark Heart Munich Dunkel Lager, Spruce Goose Pale Ale, & Cloud Break Munich Helles were the best of ‘em.

Sure, we’ll get the food on. I started with a cup of the cream of vegetable soup, and then went back & forth between the either the back alley burger or the BLT. Tough one. Or maybe the chicken schnitzel strip sandwich, no wait, albacore tuna tostada; I think I want that, but when my mouth opened on the ordering, ‘fried chicken cutlet sandwich’ came out. Who said that!?! Added bacon as not to insult anyone, and it came with field greens, early girl tomato, & mayo. It was an amazing goddamn sandwich; good chicky & stellar tomato bacon done right, and the mountain of fresh cut seasoned fries. Wow! Phil did the chicken schnitzel strips sandwich, with bacon & a honey mustard sauce, and potato salad sided. Looked good, but I am the king of lunch.

Chill house, nice beers, and a good variety of them, and the food was on. When in Eugene…

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mikefernandez
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of snaotheus
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Stopped for lunch here driving home from Medford. Wife and kids were with me.

Food selection is pretty good, food quality is OK. Brisket sandwich was mediocre, but the fries were quite good (as was the poutine). Kids' grilled cheese looked like a joke -- barely toasted bread. I don't think they even hit a hot surface.

Beer selection was good. My wife had a nitro stout that was boring but not flawed; I had a pretty good double IPA, and a pretty good roggenbier.

Staff was fine (although I had to explain what a "schooner" was, which seemed odd).

If I lived close to this place, I'd probably be back from time to time -- I think I could probably find the right things on the menu to be satisfied. But, I wouldn't consider it a destination place.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.06/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of RHVC59
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Redrover
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Falling Sky can be a little hard to find for a first time visitor but it’s well worth the effort.

The room is about 30 by 20. High ceilings, large windows and two glass garage doors make this a bright space. One of the garage doors opens to a beer garden.

Inside & out there are long communal tables. The serving station and kitchen are against the far wall. Copper & stainless brewing kettles are on display behind glass.

15 beers on tap including a cask offering. They also have house made sodas, and a small wine and spirits list.

The food menu is small with a burger, wings, soup salad and a few other options. My pub Bahn Mi was fantastic!

The beers I had were very good and I thought good takes on classic styles (I had an APA, ESB and a porter). They offered sours, Weiss, etc. You will find something good. They offer flights & will give samples. They do have lower prices for happy hour but the beers are well priced to begin with.

The service was friendly and as expected beer savvy.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Vibe: slick, lots of wood/metal, well-illustrated beer chalkboard menu, big glass wall looking into the brewing area, lots of natural light. Outdoor seating with awnings for shade and lots of plants- charming!

Beer: great selection, both in number and variety. What's more is that all four I tasted (out of a possible mid-teen selection) were really, really good, over a variety of styles. Even had something my mom, who is very picky, liked a lot. Flights didn't seem to be an option, neither did getting a growler.
*Wine and spirits also available.

Food: really good. There was a pretty impressive menu for such a small (maybe 10'x10') kitchen and one cook. The dishes and ingredients used show that they took some time on the food end of things as well as the beer. Mid-end gastropub level.

Service: could use some work. Or rather, service system could use improvement. Everyone was very friendly and helpful (the guy behind the counter picked out a beer my aforementioned picky mom liked on the first try with only a vague description of what she liked), but the whole method of ordering at a cash register and semi-waiting on was cumbersome. When people are drinking they want to open a tab, not pay as they go (maybe that was possible, but I did not get that vibe, nor was offered to do so, nor did we have an actual waiter). Also, turns out that undersized/understaffed kitchen was a problem after all: our three burgers took an honest half hour to bring out, in maybe a one third-full space. I hate being that guy, but I almost had to ask if our food was coming- no one came by to reassure us, either.

-Some free swag (stickers, bumper stickers, postcards), that's cool.

All in all a really good experience, but damn does having low blood sugar for 30 minutes make it difficult to realize that. If the beer hadn't been as good as it was this would have been a completely different experience. I also wonder how going only for beer would have been if I had to pay as I went. Anyway, positives are friendly and knowledgeable staff, very inviting, comfortable, and happy space, yummy food... and damn good beer!!

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Photo of mrpitrolo
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of GoBeerGo
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of aoampm
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of VictorsValiant
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Naugled
4.66/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Nice little back alley pub with a great selection of beers. I had a great experience there and was pleasantly surprised by most of the beers

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Photo of JoshuaUnitt
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Harvest06
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of KStark
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of stouts4me
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of DrMindbender
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of JISurfer
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of chv
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of BobbySue22
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Hobbit
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Pidgurtle
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Been here twice now and have been impressed each time. Good brews on tap, stellar service, good indoor and outdoor vibes and mucho tasty food. A little pricey, but hey thats pretty basic these days with brewery chow. Sweeet fries and the rest of the stuff on the menu had me salivating. Best perk was that I could bring my pooch to the outdoor patio! Heck ya.

Next to the drinkery/eatery is their brewers shop...loaded with all the necessities and wants of any bevvy maker. Picked up a few recipes/ingredients for a friend for an xmas gift. Nice guys, good service, sweet selection, decent prices.

I noticed there is a Deli Brewery located elsewhere in the city... advertised tasty pastrami-sammitches to go along with a fresh pour. Definitely planning on making a trip there soon.

Despite all the bennys of the locale, the brews do not stand out in any particular way. Still, they are as good as most and easily drinkable. Doesnt have me itching for more, though. Its more about the vibe, tasty chow and a decent place to drink with some buddies.

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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