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What NOT to miss in July?

Discussion in 'US - Northwest' started by marchoftheclouds, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. I'll be in Portland July 10-15, 2012 and wondered what I just CANNOT miss while I'm there. This will be the 3rd year in a row we've been there and we've hit the brewpubs that are considered "popular", but I'm looking for other ideas or what other BAs have considered highlights. We'll have a rental car and I wouldn't mind driving a reasonable distance if it's well worth it. I'm not going to define reasonable, I decide that by how cool the destination sounds! I'll even take non beer-related suggestions!
     
  2. djbreezy

    djbreezy Advocate (510) Washington Dec 16, 2008

    If Gigantic Brewing is open by then definitely check that out. July is Oregon Craft Beer month although I'm not sure what events are going on yet but there should be something.
     
  3. tcampbel1

    tcampbel1 Aficionado (225) Oregon May 17, 2010

    I'd suggest getting down to Corvallis (Block 15, The Caves, Flat Tail.) Its summer so the town is void of collage students as well.
     
  4. Shmeal

    Shmeal Advocate (520) Oregon Nov 9, 2009

    One of the best things to do is propose a bottle share somewhere so all of us PDX beer geeks will pop out of the woodwork
     
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  5. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Savant (475) Oregon Aug 28, 2009

    Good suggestion right there. The Block 15 wild program is reaching maturity according to their FaceBook page today so maybe they'll even have some one-off sours on-tap. definitely worth the visit.
     
  6. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Savant (450) Oregon Aug 17, 2005

    It's too early for us to have the beer menu listed or Meet the Brewer nights lined up, but Puckerfest starts on July 13th.
     
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  7. That may be a week too early for the Portland International Brewfest, but if not I would suggest going one day. Also keep an eye on the local blogs for events to pop up as it gets closer.

    Brewpublic.com
    Newschoolbeer.com
    Portlandbeer.org
     
  8. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Savant (450) Oregon Aug 17, 2005

    Most of their site is still under construction, but according to that link the PIB starts on the 20th.
     
  9. I tried to hit the Portland International Beerfest, but we're going for medical reasons and the world-class doctor my wife is seeing has a vacation scheduled that week. Priorities!
     
  10. mjtierney2

    mjtierney2 Savant (465) Germany Jul 31, 2011

    Non-beer related, there are a number of nice hikes to do along the Colombia River, both on the Washington side and the Oregon side. Many hikes for a wide range of abilities. Along those lines, you might want to consider driving up to Mt. St. Helen's if you have time. It is a very cool place to go for those of us old enough to remember it happening.
     
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  11. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Savant (475) Oregon Aug 28, 2009

    Specifically Angel's Rest, Multnomah Fall's, and Dog Mountain are some of the easier and more accessible hikes to check out. Dog Mountain is on the Washington side and just past Stevenson. If you time it up right you can finish your hike and swing by Walking Man on your way back through Stevenson. Odd hours at WM though so plan ahead to get the timing right. Just remember you'll need a buck to drive across the bridge of the gods and another one for the way back.
     
  12. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Savant (450) Oregon Aug 17, 2005

    You can also take 14 back to PDX on the Washington side. It's not quite as fast as I84, but it is a scenic drive, and gives you a different perspective on the gorge and Mt Hood.

    If you head out that way, be sure to check out Everybody's Brewing in White Salmon and check out the most amazing view of Hood from their back patio.
     
  13. beertunes

    beertunes Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 24, 2007

    Another vote for Everybodys. Doug's a great guy and the view from his deck is spectacular. Check the hours for Walking Man and plan a day like this: a drive out on either side of the river. Go for hike. Hit WM and Everybodys. Go across the bridge and hit Double Mtn, Big Horse and (maybe) Full Sail in Hood River. Josh Pfriem might have his new Belgian-style brewery open by then in HR too. Back to PDX. BA Rifugium http://beeradvocate.com/community/members/rifugium.304205/ and his did that day trip on a recent visit. Shoot him a message and see what he thought. Enjoy your visit!
     
  14. RedMedicine

    RedMedicine Savant (340) Oregon Jun 3, 2005

    I see this post is from February. Nice planning ahead. I'm chiming in to third the recommendation for Everybody's in White Salmon. Do all of the other stuff others suggested if you make the day trip out, but IMO Everybody's is excellent and worth the trip alone (view, beer, food, etc). The weather is set to be beautiful during your stay. Enjoy.

    PS absolutely skip Mutlnomah Falls and shoot into Mt Hood Nat Forest or Gifford Pinchot for a less touristy hike.
     
  15. John_M

    John_M Moderator (1,100) Oregon Oct 25, 2003 Staff Member

    Agreed. I would also recommend the Beacon Rock trail, which is just up the road a piece from Stevenson and Walking Man. It's a very easy hike, and the view at the top is spectacular.

    http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Beacon_Rock_Hike

    Also, while you're over there, you might want to check out the visitor center at the Bonnieville Damn.

    http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=yfp-t-701-s&va=bonneville dam visitor center

    Both the visitor center and Beacon Rock are a very short drive from the Bridge of the Gods cross over (maybe a 5 or 10 minute drive from the bridge on Washington State Hiway 14). After a stop at the center and the short hike at Beacon Rock, you'll be completely in the mood for some knuckle dragger pale ale and some of the smoked salmon pizza at Walking Man. Have fun.
     

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