Get Your Drink On

16 Tons taphouse & 16 tons Cafe 265 E. 13th Ave & 2864 Willamette St. 345-2003 & 485-2700. & [BOTTLESHOP, BAR; CAFE] Taphouse features more than 700 beers, wines and ciders, with growler fills and rotating list of draft beers. Noon-10 pm Su-W, noon-midnight Th-Sa. Cafe offers growler fills, beer and wine menus, Best of Eugene trivia night. 9 am-10pm daily. Continue reading 

Unexpected Flavors

House-made liqueurs inspired by the Willamette Valley

Green Walnut Nocino. Photo by Trask Bedortha

The people behind popular Eugene restaurant Party Downtown, located at 55 W. Broadway, apply a “make-it-in-house” ethic to everything they do, from curing meats to baking bread. Bartender James West is particularly passionate about house-made liqueurs — distilled spirits infused with the flavors of fruit, berries, herbs or even flowers.  “I want to make things that are for sale in the liquor store,” West says. “But if we have as good or better ingredients in the valley, I will forgo buying something and make it myself.” Continue reading 

Sexiest Bartender 2014: Ben Lundberg

Starlight Lounge

Ben Lundberg, 33, was born and raised in Eugene and has been tending bar at the Starlight Lounge for more than four years. In his spare time, he’s a photographer, which adds to the list of admirable qualities that voters mentioned, including his “boyish charm” and “phenomenal personality.” One voter opined that Lundberg is “downright a good person.” What could be sexier?   Continue reading 

Get Thee to AA

Underage drinking with unusual consequences

My dad approached parenting in his own way. When my older brother Taylor started wearing obscene clothing during his rebellious youth, my dad responded by wearing a brown bag over his head like a chef’s hat the next time the two of them went grocery shopping. He’s a maverick in just about every way except his fashion, so it makes sense he made me attend an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting after I was caught drinking during high school. Continue reading 

Brain Freeze

Red Wagon After Dark dares to mix ice cream with alcohol

Stuart Phillips leads a round of Cards Against Humanity

From food cart to store front, Red Wagon Creamery has come a long way. The ice cream shop is well known for wonderfully eclectic, handmade ice cream flavors like carrot jalapeño, peach rosemary and Saturday Morning, meant to taste like the milk left over after a bowl of Fruit Loops. But stick around after 10 pm on Friday and Saturday, and the creamery transforms into Red Wagon After Dark, where bartender Amanda Hoffman throws booze into the mix of creamy deliciousness.  Continue reading