Brew boys get big

Eugene-based Ninkasi Brewing makes the jump from microbrewery to regional brewery.

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Eugene-based Ninkasi Brewing has grown from microbrewery to regional brewery by brewing 18,000 barrels last year.

Ninkasi’s new status puts it in the same league as Widmer, BridgePort, Deschutes and other big local names.

But while [co-owner Jamie Floyd is] glad enough of the production bump, numbers aren’t what matter most.

“Being connected to my community is the most important thing for me, and being the village brewer is the perfect way to do that. What I want is the Chico-fication of Eugene,” he said, referring to the Northern California home of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., the country’s second-largest craft brewer, after Boston Beer Co.

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