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October Beer Gardens

Published: September 20, 2019

 

Like music artist Lafa Taylor says of his hometown, "Eugene - we go crazy when we get some sun."  

During crisp autumn months, sipping a local craft beer on a sunny patio with the smiling people of the community is a really special experience. Find the right beer and patio combo with this guide to the top beer gardens in Eugene. 

McMenamins North Bank

The riverfront dining space at McMenamins North Bank restaurant, brewpub and tiki bar is a great way to get a feel for this vibrant river city. You can ride your bicycle right up to the patio from the Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path System. On a temperate autumn evening, McMenamins offers roaring fire pits and cozy throws to wrap up in while you enjoy your meal and a tasty pint. 

Dining at McMenamins North Bank by Liz DevineMcMenamins North Bank by Liz Devine
 

Falling Sky Brewing House

Tucked away on Oak Alley is the original of the three Falling Sky locations. Here, guests can see the large copper-plated brewing equipment. Falling Sky makes over 400 different kinds of beer and offers a delicious seasonal pub menu. The small outdoor space is well-loved year-round. And when it rains — that's okay! Because when the weather is wet, Falling Sky offers a discount on pints.

Falling Sky Brewpub by Melanie Griffin
Falling Sky Brewing House by Melanie Griffin
 

Elk Horn Brewery

Elk Horn offers beer and southern style comfort food near the University of Oregon campus. The patio here has a mural wall, fire pit and plenty of green space. Order the Southern Staple Plate to share and a flight from their current taplist.

Elk Horn Brewing patio by Melanie GriffinElk Horn Brewing patio by Melanie Griffin
 

Viking Braggot Company

Drink like a Viking in the Westside Warehouse District of Eugene. Braggot is a traditional brew of hops and honey first used by Vikings. Viking Braggot Company is bringing inspired new techniques to this beverage of the ancients. Sip on a refreshing pint on the patio and play a game of bean-bag toss. 

Viking Braggot by Daniel McTavishViking Braggot by Daniel McTavish
 

Oakshire Brewing

Oakshire Brewing is located in the heart of the Whiteaker neighborhood - a unique community full of art and counter-culture history. Join the locals for a pint on the open patio. The outdoor space is dog and kid-friendly so the whole family can enjoy a stroll down to this welcoming pub. Food trucks commonly roll-up beside the outdoor picnic tables. Oakshire gives one percent of the profits from sales of their flagship Watershed IPA to protecting the pure McKenzie River which makes the beers in Eugene so special.

Oakshire Brewing patio by Melanie GriffinOakshire Brewing patio by Melanie Griffin
 

Hop Valley Brewing Company

Soak up the sun in the sprawling outdoor space complete with hop vines and bike parking galore in Eugene's Whiteaker neighborhood. The Mango & Stash IPA is a great all weather sipper that pairs well with the Hop Valley house nachos. 

Hop Valley Brewing Eugene courtesy of Eugene, Cascades & CoastHop Valley Brewing Company by Eugene, Cascades & Coast
 

Ninkasi Brewing Company

Ninkasi is one of Eugene's first and largest breweries. Also located in the Whiteaker, the brewery's name comes from the Sumerian goddess of beer. Take a tour of the large facilities where beer is made and then taste those beers in the tasting room. Enjoy a frosty pint of Total Domination IPA for the signature experience. Make your own adult float with Vanilla Oatis oatmeal stout and a scoop of ice cream from the visiting food truck I Scream for Waffles to enjoy by the fire pit on the patio. 

Ninkasi Brewing by Joni KabanaNinkasi Brewing Company by Joni Kabana
 

Alesong Brewing & Blending

Alesong is the only Eugene brewery in wine country. The views here are matched only by the incredible and carefully crafted oak barrel-aged beers. The patio is kid and pet-friendly. Let the experts on staff help you find the perfect beer for your tastes. Alesong is the ideal place for converting wine-lovers to beer-believers with their farmhouse ales matured on wine grapes. 

Baxter at Alesong Brewing by Andy VoboraAlesong Brewing & Blending by Andy Vobora
 

Wildcraft Cider Works

Wildcraft makes ciders differently. Expect to be wowed by the unique flavor such as wild rose or beet cider offered in a beautiful space. The crafters here care as deeply about the ciders they make as the lands from which the fruits are harvested. You can relax on the outdoor deck located below the basalt rock climbing columns of Skinner Butte with a glass of cider and some Thai food from the restaurant inside. 

Wildcraft Cider Works patio by Melanie GriffinWildcraft Cider Works patio by Melanie Griffin
 

Other great patios to check out include the beergarden. and McMenamins High Street Brewery & Cafe.  

Want to win prizes while quenching your thirst? Follow the Eugene Ale Trail on the Eugene Tasting Trails app and earn points for the breweries you visit!

Author: Melanie Ryan Griffin

Melanie is a University of Oregon graduate who studied Cultural Anthropology and Cinema. After finishing school, she worked as a touring concert photographer for many years before expanding into writing concert and album reviews for online publications. Melanie is now the Tourism Marketing Coordinator for Travel Lane County. She has lived in Eugene for more than a decade. She has also lived in California, New Mexico, Florida, Spain and Slovakia. 

Melanie enjoys exploring the vibrant arts and culture scene in Eugene.  She also loves painting, cooking for friends, dancing, hiking and buying too many house plants. Follow her Instagram for Lane County's best kept secrets.