The Brew Site

Steelhead Brewing, Eugene, Oregon

Just over a week ago we made a quick but infrequent trip over to Eugene for the relative luxury of trip actually devoted to beer: the goal was to visit the Bier Stein (on friends’ recommendation; more on that soon), but they don’t open until 2pm on Sundays so we found ourselves with time for lunch. Since this was ostensibly a beer trip, we stopped in at Steelhead Brewing Company for lunch and brews.

My review of Steelhead from three years ago is still valid; service was good and the food was excellent. (One of the best pizzas my wife has ever had, she says. My BBQ pork sandwich was very good, with sweet and spicy barbecue sauce.) The brewpub has the same decor and atmosphere as before, though this time we sat outside in what looked to be a converted garage space, adjacent to the restaurant. It was quite pleasant—moreso that sitting in the direct sun (it was one of the hot days we’ve been having lately).

On the basis of the restaurant alone I’d recommend Steelhead to anybody looking for a good meal in Eugene. But of course, it’s also about the beer, so I ordered up a sampler tray and took notes on what I tried.

My notes, in order of what I drank:

Four of these were the same beers I’d sampled last time; now, three years later, it’s interesting to compare. Also, note the way they handle samplers now: the four house brews, plus the Stout or Porter they have on tap (whatever it might be), plus one seasonal of your choosing.

End result: great lunch, good beers, great experience. Eugene may not be the beer mecca that Portland is, but Steelhead delivers.