Craft Beer Feature

Back in 2005, neither Jamie Floyd nor Nikos Ridge knew exactly where their friendship would lead. What they did know was it would probably center around beer.

Born and raised in Eugene, Nikos moved to Manhattan to begin a career in finance. After five years, he began to pine for the West Coast lifestyle of his hometown and moved back to Eugene in 2004. Simultaneously, Jamie began to discover his love of brewing. Born in Cupertino, California, Jamie moved north to attend the University of Oregon in 1990. He brewed his first batch of homebrew in the kitchen of a campus co-op called The Lorax. That first stout propelled Jamie into an 11-year brewing career at Steelhead Brewery in Eugene.

Introduced through mutual friends, the two had become buddies at a time when Jamie was ready to embark on his own. Over a pint of Jamie’s beer, Nikos and Jamie discussed the potential of opening a brewery – a dream Jamie was certain to make happen. With Jamie’s brewing background and Nikos’ finance knowledge, the two had a winning combination to successfully open a business.

Jamie and Nikos knew they not only wanted a brewery, but they wanted to do things a little differently. The dream: become “the village brewer,” providing a place for people to come together over a pint. Looking to brewing history, the two decided to name the brewery Ninkasi [nin-kah-see], the ancient Sumerian Goddess of Fermentation. After scraping together enough funds from friends and family, the two produced their first batch of beer in June, 2006.

In 2007, Ninkasi moved to its current location in Eugene’s Whiteaker neighborhood. Fast forward to 2011, and the hard work of both founders landed them the fastest growing craft brewery in the United States with a top selling IPA in Oregon. Fast forward to present day, and Ninkasi ranks the 33th largest craft brewer in the United States (Brewers Association, 2016).

Ninkasi Brewing, 6pk Cans! $7.99 You Save $3.00!

Ninkasi Brewing Pacific Rain Pale Ale Fiercely flavorful and refreshingly drinkable. Crafted with water from Oregon’s McKenzie River and a band of four distinguished hops, this Northwest Pale is citrusy, crisp and tailor-made for easy drinking.

Tasting Notes: This flavorful Pacific Rain Pale Ale starts with a balanced, malty sweetness that lays the groundwork for profiling some of the most alluring hops around. Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Nugget hop varieties offer a captivating experience with flavor and aroma notes that are citrusy, tropical, floral, and piney. The residual sweetness rounds out the hop flavor making each sip as smooth and refreshing as the last. 5.4% ABV 50 IBU’s

Ninkasi Brewing Prismatic IPA Juicy hops burst with notes of pineapple, passionfruit and guava in this irresistibly flavorful IPA. Dry-hopped with Mosaic and Simcoe CRYO HOPS®, Prismatic offers a deliciously colorful hop experience.

CRYO HOPS® is a registered trademark of Yakima Chief - Hopunion, LLC, Yakima WA.

Tasting Notes: Full of juicy hop aroma and flavor, Prismatic’s colorful hop experience is citrusy, tropical and fruity with a subtly sweet malt and a balanced finish. Notes of pineapple, passionfruit and guava excite and linger on the palate. 5.9% ABV 36 IBU’s

Ninkasi Brewing Yours Truly Ale Crafted with sincerity, Yours Truly offers a sweetly-toasted malt profile and a delicate hop bouquet. With a satisfying, crisp finish, this beer is brewed for your easy-drinking pleasure.

Tasting Notes: Brilliant in color, Yours Truly is crisp, and refreshingly effervescent. A dash of hops gives this beer a lightly floral, herbal, and fruity hop profile that subtly dances on the palate. Its sweetly-toasted malt profile carries notes of cracker, cereal, biscuit, and honey. With a smooth finish, Yours Truly leaves you ready for the next sip.4.3% ABV 20 IBU’s

These three great Ninkasi Brews are new to Colorado and featured all month at $7.99 6pk cans. You save $3.00!

Import Beer Feature

Molson Canadian Premium Lager. Canada is known around the world for their vast wilderness, thousands of freshwater lakes and golden Prairie barley fields as far as the eye can see. The land is packed full of nature at its best. And it’s from this land that Molson makes their signature beer, Molson Canadian. Brewed without preservatives, Molson Canadian is proudly made in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Moncton and St. John’s, with over 3000 Canadians having a hand in bringing this crisp and refreshing lager to your home. Cheers. Molson Canadian Premium Lager: 5.0% ABV:

Tasting Notes: An easy drinking premium lager with true Canadian taste that delivers the perfect balance of sweetness with a slightly hoppy bitterness and medium body for a smooth, refreshing finish. Made with the best Canada has to offer: Canadian water, prairie barley and no preservatives.

Molson Canadian is featured this month for $6.99 a 6pk.