The Steelhead Brewing Company: "Fresh Beer Here!!!" Top 5 Page for this destination Eugene Restaurant Tip by birchy99
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The Northwest US re-invented microbrewed beer. The Steelhead was one of the leaders back in those days. The brewery is right in the building behind a big glass wall and one can sit and watch the brewmistress stir the wort and fire up the pots.
A very popular eatery in Eugene, but mostly it's the beer that draws the crowds. The wait staff is always a bit funky and very busy. At least half a dozen tellys sit around the room broadcasting cable sports. However, the noise level makes it impossible to hear anything. The beer menu is steady and only changes a bit. The food menu is pretty ordinary, but then again it's the beer, stupid! On any visit one can see people leaving with a mini-keg tucked under their arm.
The Steelhead offers a sampler of their five on tap beers in small glasses. One time I joked with the waiter about wanting a sampler but in pints....without blinking an eye, he said, "That will be $25 up front, give us your car keys and we'll send you home in a cab!" Obviously he'd heard that one before.
Favorite Dish: There are always five beers on tap. One constant is an India Pale Ale called Bombay Bomber. It has to be the best IPA going since the first keg was shipped to India by the Brits. The food menu is mostly burgers, sandwiches and some pastas and salads. I have to say it isn't the best food in town, but remember, it's the beer, buster!!
Located at the corner of Fifth and Pearl it has plenty of parking and one can almost always find seating. Summertimes you can sit outdoors and watch the cars, buses and trains go by.
The crowd is pretty eclectic, not just college kids. Many, many middle agers and children are allowed until later in the evening. And if you miss the Steelhead in Eugene, you can slack you thirst for Bombay Bomber in Irvine and Burlingame, California.
Price per person varies on how much you drink, so I've estimated the prices of food with one drink only.
In case you didn't know a Steelhead is an ocean going rainbow trout about the size of a salmon that migrates in and out of the Northwest Rivers and is a much sought after game fish.
Address: 199 East Fifth St.
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: In the Fifth-Pearl District near the Fifth St. Market
Phone: 541) 686-2739
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