Ninkasi Brewing



Ninkasi Brewing - Eugene, Oregon

After trying Prismatic IPA, on a recent trip to Portland Oregon I understood the enthusiasm of the many recommendation I received before my trip to deep dive into the local beer scene. Prismatic IPA, produced in Eugene, with its pineapple, passion fruit and guava notes is perfect with everything from Thai curry to fish tacos. It complements salads, be they fruit or greens and will highlight the flavors of marinated meats, kabobs and Mexican specialties. In the spirit of Portland, I enjoyed Prismatic IPA with every course during my dinner and it was perfect. Later on the recommendation of my hotel’s bartender I tried Total Domination IPA. With its citrusy notes and floral hop aroma this big flavored ale balanced a richness imparted by Carahell and Munich malts. This flavorful Northwest IPA maintains a very appealing drinkability and it was perfect for a novice craft drinker like myself.

To better understand the genesis of such delectable’s we made or way to Eugene to the brewery for a tasting and tour. From ingredients to packaging, we got am inside look at the hard work that goes into each and every ounce of Ninkasi craft beer and we were fascinated with the history of this Endeavour.

It all started in late 2005 when Nikos Ridge and Jamie Floyd met at a local bottle shop in Eugene. Nikos was sampling a beer that Jamie had brewed at a local restaurant/brewery and the two shared a conversation. Soon Nikos enquired to Jamie “What would you do if you could open your own brewery?”



Photographer Darcy Bacha captures a tour in progress.


Finding a perfect match, with Nikos’ background in finance and Jamie’s experience in brewing, the two decided to start a craft brewery. On June 15, 2006, Nikos and Jamie spent 17 hours brewing the first batch of Total Domination IPA. The first kegs were produced in a leased space inside of a German restaurant in Springfield, Oregon. Once a brewery, the building was equipped with a 15-barrel brew house. Here, a new craft brewery was born. Named after the ancient Sumerian Goddess of fermentation, Ninkasi Brewing Company established itself on a single core purpose to Perpetuate Better Living – and to bring fine beer and ales to the marketplace for connoisseurs and novices alike to enjoy. Ninkasi Brewing 


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Photographer Darcy Bacha captures a tour in progress.



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