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Summer Beer Patios

Published: June 08, 2022

 

Sip a cold craft beer on a sunny patio! Here are a few favorite brewery patios for enjoying the local craft beer scene—although there are many more popular beer gardens. Just follow the Eugene Ale Trail to get a full experience of the region's top breweries.

McMenamins North Bank

Take in views of the Willamette River from McMenamins North Bank's decks and sidewalk seating. Umbrellas, heat lamps and fire pits make this destination adaptable for any weather, although plenty of sunshine is typical for Eugene summers. While they don't brew on-site at this location, McMenamins is known for their regional craft beers and great pub food.

Check out their McMenamins East 19th Street Cafe location for a relaxing side patio near the University of Oregon campus.

McMenamins North Bank Dining

Photo: Melanie Griffin

Ninkasi Better Living Room

The Ninkasi Better Living Room welcomes craft beer drinkers to explore spacious outdoor seating and two different bars for counter service. Along with their usual line up and seasonal releases, the Better Living Room is pouring more limited releases and experimental beers brewed in their 5-barrel Pilot Brewery. Pair one of Ninkasi's famous IPAs with a meal from their updated food menu that features burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

Beer and Ice Cream at Ninkasi's Better Living Room

Photo: Melanie Griffin / EugeneCascadesCoast.org

Hop Valley Brewing Company Eugene

Sip craft beer among trellised hops on the outdoor deck area of Hop Valley Brewing Company Eugene. This is the perfect spot for watching the world cruise by in "The Whit", under the shade of an umbrella and with a cold craft beer in hand.

Hop Valley Brewing Company Eugene

Photo: Eugene, Cascades & Coast

Oakshire Brewing

Just a few blocks away is another favorite, Oakshire Brewing. This urban patio is dog friendly and typically ringed with food carts. With 20 different taps, there is sure to be something to please every beer drinker. Look out for limited release cans – some beers are only available for a week or two and are quickly gone!

Oakshire Brewing Public House Patio

Photo: Melanie Griffin / Eugene, Cascades & Coast

beergarden.

The beergarden. is another popular outdoor gathering place for beer drinkers. An enclosed courtyard offers tenting, multiple food trucks and often live music. While they don't brew their own beer, they have an extensive variety of local, regional and other craft beers on tap.

beergarden.

Photo: Melanie Griffin / Eugene, Cascades & Coast

Viking Braggot Company

This former warehouse space in West Eugene is surrounded by asphalt, but as soon as you step through the gate you'll find yourself on Viking Braggot's super relaxed patio. Enjoy delicious honey-infused braggots to quench your thirst and Scandinavian-inspired treats to fill you up. Frequent live music, trivia, and other events make this location an unexpected secret amongst the nearby warehouses.

You can also visit their Southtowne pub location with its own patio seating and an expanded food menu. Marvel at the intricate wooden carvings around the bar that will really make you feel like you're in a real Viking village. Skol!

Viking Braggot

Photo: Daniel McTavish

Elk Horn

More of a pocket patio, Elk Horn Brewery offers a chance to enjoy a nice summer day along with their excellent Southern dishes, beer and cider. Landscaped with plenty of green plants, it feels like a hidden garden.

Elk Horn Brewing

Photo: Melanie Griffin

Alesong at 5th Street

The unique barrel-aged beers produced by Alesong are made out in the wine country surrounding Eugene, but you can taste them from the rooftop patio right in town. Enjoy the many seasonal releases, pair with a charcuterie board, and then wander through the rest of the 5th Street Public Market. Alesong's original location offers guided tours and private tasting events if you're looking for an even more in-depth beer experience.

Alesong Brewery & Blending

Photo: Joni Kabana / Eugene, Cascades & Coast

Falling Sky Brewing House

Falling Sky is celebrating ten years of brewing fantastic beers this summer! Both locations — the original Falling Sky Brewing House in downtown Eugene, and the Falling Sky  Ppur House & Delicatessen in the Whiteaker neighborhood, offer outdoor beer gardens where you can try the latest offerings from their extensive (and always changing!) list of craft beers. The food is also top notch, with most ingredients sourced from the local area.

Cornucopia

Cornucopia's friendly restaurant has a shady back garden, just perfect for escaping the heat on a summer day. Their downtown Eugene location and Springfield Main Street location have sidewalk seating.

Wildcraft Cider Works

The porch out front of Wildcraft Cider Works is a great outdoor space for a sunny afternoon. They serve up delicious craft ciders that are just right for cool summer refreshment.

PublicHouse - In Springfield

A beer hall that overflows into a courtyard, the PublicHouse offers table service with multiple food vendors to choose from. 

Beer Patios Across the Region

Heading out for a weekend adventure and need to quench your thirst afterwards? Or maybe you’re just looking for something completely new to try? Then take a short trip to some of these other beer hot spots!

Just a half hour south in Cottage Grove you’ll find Coast Fork Brewing with patio dining out front. This small craft brewery features a selection of their own beers, guest taps, a great bottle selection and an amazing food menu with locally sourced ingredients. The shepherd’s pie paired with a Row River Red Ale is one of the best meals around! Just a few blocks away is Cottage Grove’s second craft brewery – the Covered Bridges Brewing Group. This spacious beer garden is right on Main Street and next to Trailhead Park, so it’s the perfect spot after a day on the trail or the lake. They brew a variety of beer styles and ciders, and have several food trucks in the back beer garden to satisfy your hunger. 

If the Cascade Mountains are your destination, no trip to Oakridge is complete without a stop at “The Pub”. The famous Brewer’s Union was sold to a new owner and is now known as the 3 Legged Crane Pub and Brewhouse. Don’t worry – the famous wooden kegs and casks have stayed in place and are still maturing the beers in the English “real ale” fashion. If you haven’t been to Oakridge in a while, you can expect some new beers as well as classics from the old brewer’s recipes that they still serve.

Author: Jeff Malik

Jeff Malik is the Destination Development Manager for Travel Lane County, where he helps local communities develop new tourism infrastructure and experiences. After a decade of working in the conservation field in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Ohio; Jeff is now happy in the tourism industry and loves helping visitors find off the beaten path adventures.  

Jeff also enjoys cooking with local foods, board games, camping, hiking, and getting out on his stand up paddleboard.