The Tap & Growler 4th Anniversary + 4th annual Fresh Hop Beer Week and Blind Taste-Off

Eugene, Oregon’s The Tap & Growler wil celebrate their 4th anniversary with their 4th annual Fresh Hop Beer Week and Blind Taste-Off that begins today, October 2nd, 2017.

More from a press release:

The Tap & Growler is fortunate to have their anniversary land in the middle of fresh hop beer season. To take advantage of this good fortune, their anniversary is celebrated with their annual fresh hop beer week. The Northwest is surrounded by hop farms and the local breweries have taken advantage in advancing the craft of fresh hop brews. T&G has set up fresh hop beer nights with several of the Northwest’s best breweries for the week, including, Breakside, Double Mountain, Fremont. And to top it off, Barrel Aged Beer Day falls on October 6th, so they’re planning on tapping a few kegs of cellared barrel aged beer during Fresh Hop Beer Week to help celebrate their anniversary.

Tuesday – Breakside Night

o   Fresh Hop What Rough Beast

o   Fresh Hop Cascade Wanderlust IPA

Wednesday – Columbia Distributing Fresh Hop Party

o   Crux (Crystal Zwickle, Dr Jack IPA)

o   Silver Moon

o   Sierra Nevada (Hop Harvest)

o   Deschutes (Hop Trip, Overnight Phenom)

Thursday – Double Mountain Killer Fresh Hop Night

o   Double Mountain Killer Red and Killer Green

Friday – Three Creeks Brewing Night (swag raffle)

o   Cone Lick’r

o   Wrangler Red Fresh hop

o   Rye Bourbon Barrel Aged Stampede Strong Ale 10.1 % 70 IBU

Saturday – Barrel Aged Beer Day 

o   Pelican Brewing – Father Of All Tsunamis – Imperial version of Tsunami Stout aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels. 11.2% ABV 55 IBU

o   Founders : KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) – This strong stout is brewed with a hint of coffee and vanilla then aged in oak bourbon barrels. 12.4% ABV

o   Engine House No. 9 : Frambuesa Moka (Sour) – Whiskey Barrel-Aged Sour Choco-Raspberry Stout.  6.5% ABV

o   Three Creeks Rye Bourbon Barrel Aged Stampede Strong Ale 10.1 % 70 IBU

The second part of the fest will feature 9 local breweries in the Eugene area which have submitted a fresh hop brew for a blind taste off competition. Anyone and everyone can come in and buy a taster tray (blinded) and sample all 9 of these brews and vote for their favorite. The Taste Off will be all day Monday the 2nd thru Sunday the 8th. The entries will be revealed by tap number at 5:30 PM on Monday the 9th, so that patrons can come back and see which beers were their favorites. Only the winner will be announced Monday at 5:30 PM. For $12, patrons can get a taster tray with all 9 entries, plus a voucher for a pint or glass of any one of the brews on Monday Oct 9th, all day long. Each beer was hand selected by the brewery, the entries are:

  • Agrarian Ales
  • Claim 52
  • Falling Sky Brewing
  • Hop Valley Brewing
  • Manifest Brewing
  • McKenzie Brewing
  • Ninkasi Brewing
  • Plank Town Brewery
  • Viking Braggot Company

For more info on The Tap & Growler and this event please visit, or

When:               Events: Tuesday, October 3rd– Saturday, October 7th

Blind Taste Off: Monday, Oct 2nd – Sunday, Oct 8th

Results and Pint Voucher Night: Monday, Oct 9th at 5:30 PM


Where:              The Tap & Growler Taproom

                             5th and Pearl, Downtown Eugene

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