Falling Sky is the most recent addition to local brewpubs in Eugene, and without a doubt it is the best!
First, the physical space is one of the most agreeable in Eugene. Surprisingly, there are very few coffee shops and restaurants in this town with a south-facing exposure, so even on a rainy day (of which we have many), FS is a pleasant place to hang out. The outdoor patio is equipped with awnings and heaters so that you can sit outside almost all year long. The interior has a hip, industrial chic to it, and large-paned windows allow patrons to see the gorgeous copper kettles where their brews are made.
And what brews! FS regularly has over a dozen options of their local beers on tap. The styles are varied and creative. They post the IBU and alcohol content on the menu board, and there is a full 2-page menu with more elaborate descriptions. FS bucks the trend in Eugene of madly hopping beers for hopping's sake; they have the full range from malty to bitter, so that everyone can be happy.
The staff are obviously into their beers; they take great pride in them and love to talk to customers about how they are made. They offer tastes of as many of their brews as you like.
Finally, the food: Yum. Some offerings may look like simple bar food (e.g., burgers and fries), but the execution is exceptional, gourmet quality but not fussy in any way. Then there are the unusual dishes that really please the palate and tickle the fancy, like a NW take on poutine, the classic French-Canadian dish, or a polenta and fried egg special.
In sum, you can't go wrong at Falling Sky. It has become a de rigueur local hangout, thanks to its dependably interesting beers, great space, delicious food, and friendly staff.
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