From the local Oregonians, I have learned that beer is quite a popular thing here. There are plenty of breweries, and apparently Portland is the city with the most breweries per capita. That fact doesn’t surprise me considering how many I have seen already. I am not the world’s biggest beer aficionado, but I thought I would give it a try since I am in what seems to be the beer capital of America.
My friends here in Eugene decided for a good Oregon beer experience, we should go to The Bier Stein (http://thebierstein.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/thebierstein?fref=ts ). The Bier Stein just moved from its original hole in the wall location to a larger building in order to accommodate its growing crowd.
The Bier Stein has about 30 different beers on tap everyday, many of which are from local breweries. There is also a wide selection of bottles, both local and foreign. Not only do they have a great selection of beers, the food is also great. One regular was also quite excited about his pizzanini, a grilled ciabatta bread filled with pepperoni, honey ham, red onions, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, fresh basil, house-made marinara, and provolone.
My experience here was great! I tried the well-known beer-cheese soup; cheese soup is one of my favorites, and I defiantly approve. I am more of a cider fan than beer, so for my first drink I had a 2 Towns Bad Apple Cider from Oregon (http://2townsciderhouse.com/ciders.php or https://www.facebook.com/2townsciderhouse). I really enjoyed this cider which brags a crisp, bold taste. For my second drink, I decided to do the Oregon thing and have a beer, a Bridgeport Stumptown Tart, which is also from Oregon (http://www.bridgeportbrew.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/BridgePortBrewingCompany ). To my surprise, I actually did enjoy this beer, which is a ale-styled beer with a hint of raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry.
The atmosphere is also very nice — the crowd consists of anyone and everyone from the homeworking-doing hipster to the talkative old gentlemen. There is plenty of seating, a pool table, and cards available. Not to mention, the staff is fantastic. The Bier Stein is a great place if you are looking for a relaxing pub atmosphere.