Sixteen Tons is Eugene's newest bottle shop, offering 300 varieties of beer and 100 wines.
The shop is one of several in Eugene serving local beer fans and geeks, boosting the city's profile in beer culture.
Sixteen Tons moves into a neighborhood with several other beer retailers, including Beer Nuts, a smaller bottle shop about a block away, and the Bier Stein, an often-packed bottle shop that also offers beers on tap and food, about two blocks away. And then there’s the Circle K convenience store across the street...
The partners capitalized the business themselves, and left enough money in reserve so they can adapt their business as they understand better what their customers want, [owner Mike Coplin] said. That may include adding beer on tap as well as food at some point, he said.
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