Monday, October 30, 2023

The Bier Stein

The Bier Stein is located on Willamette Street in downtown Eugene, Oregon.

As part of my September trip to Oregon, I took some time away to see the University of Hawaii football team play nationally ranked Oregon. I knew Hawaii would get destroyed, so it's only logical to take in some good food and beer before the game.

My friends suggested this spot because it had a good food selection and tons of beers to choose from. There's over 25 beers on draft, plus hundreds more in the fridges near the cash register. If you go there the first time, there's a good chance you'll be overwhelmed on choices. If you want a soda or something non-alcoholic, there's a small section of the fridge with sodas.

Especially when there's a Ducks home game, the line can get a little long, even if just a couple hours before kickoff.

When I saw that all proceeds for people ordering the Ahi Poke Bowl special ($18.95) would go to Friends of Hawaii, I was sold. A bed of jasmine rice topped with delicious, fresh ahi, followed by peppers, scallions, cabbage, greens, wasabi mayo, avocado, sesame seeds, and nori seaweed strips.

Hands down, one of the best meals of the trip. I thought the star was the wasabi mayo, bringing everything together. A perfect portion size.

Popular menu items otherwise include the Signature Bier Cheese Soup ($5.95 cup, $7.95 bowl); J√§gerschnitzel ($18.95); and Stein Nachos featuring house-made tortilla chips ($17.95).

As for beer, I got the Sediments of Memory Fresh Hop Hazy IPA, a collaboration between Ruse Brewing and Fort George Beer. Gotta support local when in the area, and August-September is always fresh hop season. This one had fresh hop Strata, Citra, and Simcoe hops.

One of the best beers of the trip right here. Fruity, dank, delicious.

While I wish I coulda stayed to drink more, different beers, we had a game to head to. Hopefully I'll be able to get back here, but this is clearly a popular spot with the locals - and for anyone else heading to a Ducks game. 9/10

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