First Look at Sunriver Brewing’s Oakway Pub in Eugene

A view from the upstairs seating into Sunriver’s Oakway Pub in Eugene. All photos by Aaron Brussat

Sunriver Brewing celebrated the grand opening of its Oakway Pub in Eugene on Saturday, April 6. The blowout event featured an outdoor beer tent with a DJ, axe throwing, and after-dark pyrotechnics and a laser show. All areas were packed, and despite the hour wait for a seat, service was swift and friendly. Sunriver released an IPA called Howdy Eugene! just for the event, and launched its limited release 16oz can program with Sunny D Hazy IPA, Parkes and Wreck Double Hazy IPA, and Howdy Eugene! IPA.
Oakway Pub took over the second Hot Mama’s Wings location in Oakway Plaza off of Coburg Rd., just north of downtown across the Willamette River, and had its soft opening on March 12. It is the only brewpub in that area, and is well suited to the location. The split level space features an ample bar and upstairs seating with a nice rail-side view to the restaurant below.

The restaurant is open to minors for most hours, and offers a changing table in one of its unisex restrooms.

The beer list runs well beyond Sunriver’s array of award-winning canned offerings, and there is a separate menu for barrel-aged and strong beers. The pub also offers a full bar. The Chieftain 2018 Reserve Strong Scotch Ale on tap was delightfully malty and boozy, but not hot; it paired well with the roasted beets and balsamic glazed figs (with added sockeye salmon) on the Beet This Salad. The menu features a range of apps, salads, soups, and sandwiches that are well prepared and quite tasty, and made from locally or sustainably sourced and organic ingredients.

Sunriver Brewing took the prize for Small Brewing Company of the Year at the 2017 Great American Beer Fest, and has won numerous awards nationwide and locally, including four at the 2019 Oregon Beer Awards. It operates a production brewery in Sunriver and a pub on Galveston St. in Bend.

Sunriver is the first brewery from outside of Eugene, besides McMenamins, to open a satellite location there. Many of the local brewers are happy to have Sunriver join the scene, and the public is clearly on board.

Sunriver Brewing Co. – Oakway Pub
329 Oakway Road
Eugene, Oregon
(541) 876-5048

Sunday-Thursday 11am-10pm
Friday-Saturday 11am-11pm

Aaron Brussat
Aaron Brussat

Aaron Brussat is a complex living organism with an interest in all things fermented. He started writing about and working in the beer industry in 2010. His experience stems primarily from spending six years at The Bier Stein as a beer steward, homebrewing since 2005, and passing the BJCP and Certified Cicerone exams. Highlights along the way include numerous collaborations with local brewers, curating beer dinners at The Bier Stein, and traveling to Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Peru, and New Zealand (as well as many parts of the U.S.) for a chance to drink beer at the source.