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My University of Oregon Bucket List: Things to Do Before You Graduate

-Jamie Hershman

While I may only be in my second year here at the UO, there are many things to cross off my college bucket list before my four years are up. In case you can’t remember everything you should try to complete before you graduate, here’s a little reminder as to all the places to go, things to do, and people to see.

Definitely if you’re feeling rebellious, you should start your bucket list at the Jaqua Center. It’s off-limits to us non-athletic regular folk, and you know you want to break the rules just a little bit. I say swim in the pool outside the Jaqua at least once really late on a Friday night or early on a Saturday morning. Another item to cross off the list is to make it up to the second floor of the Jaqua; who knows what’s actually up there? It is such an unsolved mystery to the majority of the student body. Aren’t you just a little bit curious?

In terms of academia, there are a few accomplishments you should achieve before leaving college. Try and make the Dean’s List at least once. This requires you to receive a term GPA of a 3.75 or higher, but you’ll feel especially intellectual after a term on the Dean’s List and never want to be off the list again. Besides getting great grades, take a class that isn’t related to your major or general education requirements. Find a class that interests you and learn about a topic that will make you more all-around intelligent.

For the Eugene tourist in you, some places are a must-see. You have to try Voodoo Doughnuts. Even if you’re not much of a doughnut person, the doughnut flavors are just so out-there and unique that you have to see it for your own eyes. Maybe you will even be brave enough to try the bacon maple bar. And when you’re downtown at Voodoo, you should also stop by the Saturday Market to see the local crafts and food vendors. For your sporty side, I recommend hiking Spencer’s Butte on a nice day in spring term. Lastly, it is a must to travel to Portland one weekend (for all you out-of-staters). It is such a cool city that’s only about two hours from campus—you can’t leave Oregon without seeing one of the most liberal cities on the west coast.

As an automatic Duck fan, you have to go see a football game at Autzen stadium. Even if you don’t understand football, it is much more about the experience than anything else. We have so much pride for our team and the student section is packed with so much cheer that it’s hard not to get into the game. Maybe you can even get a picture with Puddles! Can I get a ‘sco ducks?

While there are probably many more things you can list off, these are just some of the main things on my list. See how many you’ve already accomplished and which ones you are waiting to do. There’s only so much time before your four years are up, so make the most of it!

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Bizarre Beers

-Elliott Kennedy

Before my twenty-first birthday, I didn’t know the difference between “hops” as a noun and “hops” as a verb. Just a few short months ago, I thought beer was a drink saved strictly for football games and pool halls.

So when I told my best friend/boyfriend/beer-connoisseur-to-the-extreme that I was going to sample a variety of quirky beers for a blog post, I was not surprised that he responded with hearty laughter. Quickly followed by, “Wait… seriously?”

Seriously.

I started with a beer that my bonkers-for-brewing beau had purchased in October after weeks of hype and anticipation: Rogue Brewery’s Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Porter. At $13 per bottle plus $9 shipping and handling, this Portland-exclusive beer is a pricey gamble for anyone on the fence about unusual foods. Hit or miss? Which will it be? The hot pink bottle was an alarming start, but as I poured the light red liquid into a tilted pint glass, I was taken in by the warm smell of maple. But after just one sip, I knew it was a miss. A slight hint of sweetness was instantly overpowered by the taste of artificial bacon. That was all it took for me to immediately switch to a glass of water.

But this beer blooper didn’t deter me from trying some of Rogue’s more established specialty brews. Guided by my sweet tooth, I tried Rogue’s Chocolate Stout. Released for Valentine’s Day in 2001, this beer is not as quirky as the Maple Bacon Porter, but it’s not your run-of-the-mill dark beer either. The head is creamy and sweet and the beer is a perfect balance of hoppy bitterness and savory chocolate.  BeerAdvocate.com gives it an A rating, and I have to agree.

Soon, however, I started to run out of quirky beers to sample. Some of the most outrageous brews aren’t available on this coast or in this country. In Illinois, Tom and Athena Seefurth have seen great success with their Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer. A Dutch pet shop owner offers a meat-flavored beer for dogs called Kwispelbier. In Japan, a nonalcoholic brew called Kidsbeer is marketed toward—can you guess from the name? —children. But I wasn’t going to be able to get my hands on any of these.

So instead, I developed a list of beers with some of the most bizarre names out there: Arrogant Bastard (Stone Brewing), Moose Drool (Big Sky Brewing Co.), Hoptimus Prime (Legacy Brewing Co.), Santa’s Butt (Ridgeway Brewery), Old Leghumper (Thirsty Dog Brewing Company), and Yellow Snow (Rogue Brewery). As for the taste of these colorfully titled brews, you’ll have to sample them yourself. Most of them are available at local grocery stores and specialty shops like 16 Tons and The Bier Stein. But don’t forget your ID and a healthy dose of courage.

Cheers!