Rogue Ales Public House
The oldest and largest Eugene brewery was built in 1866 at Ninth and Olive by Lewis Burns. He ran his Eugene City Brewery for seven years, then sold it to August Werner and Henry Hagerman in 1873.
The final owner of the original Lewis Burns brewery was Henry Weinhard, the Portland brew king, who purchased it in 1890. Not long after he bought the Ninth Avenue brewery, Henry shut down its beer-making operation. Thereafter the big barn with the twin smokestacks was known as Weinhard's Beer and Ice Depot. Only the ice was produced locally. Henry's beer, in bottles and kegs, was shipped from his Portland brewery. In 1914 the old brewery building was sold and torn down.
The current building was formerly the home of a toy store, a computer store, and eventually opened as the West Brother's BBQ restaurant which added a brewery in 1996. It was then called The Dive Bar for a short time before the location was rehabilitated and returned to its roots in 2004 when Rogue purchased it and renamed it Rogue Ales Public House.
The new Rogue Ales Public House is an Artisan Varietal Brewery founded in October of 2004, creating world class Track Town Ales in a 7 barrel brew system. Track Town Ales have 40 national and international awards for taste and quality.
About the Brewer: In 2004 when Christina Canto homebrewed her first batch of beer, she never dreamed that 8 years later it would lead to becoming the brewmaster at Rogue Ales Track Town Brewery.
"I have spent half my time in the cellar," she explained, referring to previous work that took her from Oregon to new Zealand then back to Oregon where she started volunteering in the Cornelius Pass McMenamins brewery. A year later Christina was brewing at McMenamins, Edgefield location. An Oregon native, Christina studied at Oregon State University, graduating in 2004. "I find the process allows me to be scientific and precise while still being creative and experimental." In the spirit of creativity Christina has experimented with several styles, the most non-traditional, a Ginger Snap cookie beer. If you're wondering if it turned out, it didn't. "I even crunched up ginger snap cookies!" She laughs, "It was horrible."
Christina is among a rising wave of women craftbrewers across the country, breaking into the professional beer scene.
Acquired by Rogue Ales in 2000, Issaquah Brewhouse continues to produce its own specialty brews, including its acclaimed Bullfrog Ale. Located in the heart of downtown Issaquah, just 15 miles from Seattle's Space Needle. It expanded into the adjacent Manicure nails shop in 2002 and the Masonic room in 2005 (now called the Lily Pad). The odd shape of the building is due to the Coal train tracks that used to be behind the building.
Issaquah Brewery's family of Frogs are created in a 15 barrel brew system, which include Menage-a-Frog, Bullfrog Ale, Hippie Frog Chamomile Ale, Grapefruit Frog, Frog Rye IPA, Summer Frog Wit, Frog in the Rye, Quadruple Frog, Smoked Frog, Kilted Frog, Wicked Frog and MacFrog Scotch Ale. The brewery has garnered 30 awards for taste and quality, including a Bronze medal at the 2008 World Beer Cup for its Frog Rye IPA.
ABOUT THE BREWER: Dave Hutchinson is the brewer at the Issaquah Brewhouse. “Hutch” is a retired
Coast Guard Marine Science Technician. He has spent 6 years in Antarctica
and over 15 years in the Arctic Region. He considers Seattle a tropical
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