Wayfinder Beer

Brewery, Bar, Eatery

304 SE 2nd Ave
Portland, Oregon, 97214
United States

(503) 718-2337 | map

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Photo of TerminalDegree
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The vibe is perfect, spacious but homey deck on the east side of downtown. The Quality is exceptional, from the lagers, to the British best bitter, Märzen and Barleywine. Wayfinder is top shelf, effortless excellence that is hiding in an intentionally ego-less shell. I saw the owner clearing tables and chatting folks up and that approach is across the staff. Rarely on tap do you find such quality with a lack of holier-than-thou BS. The styles on tap match the vibe, approachable but spectacular like a well staffed national park without the tour busses. Did not try the food but folks looked happy. If you end up in PDX find a way to Wayfinder.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place is enormous. That beer garden looks amazing. Service seemed pressed when I visited. Busy place. I’d love to go back and see how it is in the summertime.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

This place is pretty new, and it's got a kind of up-scale squeaky-clean rustic vibe to it that I found a little affected, but...I'm sure it will pack 'em in. I was there on a January Saturday late afternoon and it was fairly quiet. Patio area looked like it would be nice during the summer. Great variety of German style beers, a few ipas, and a guest tap or two, also.

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Taybeh from Minnesota, Jan 08, 2018
Photo of jjboesen
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

This was the last stop during my recent trip to Portland. Located in an industrial area, and a few blocks from several other Portland gems (including Hair of the Dog), Wayfinder beer is a recent entry to the city's incredible beer scene. The first thing you see is a comfy enclosed deck, sleek and woody; step inside into a rustic taproom with a large bar amid several communal tables. The beer styles run the gamut from ales to lagers, which includes 7 house beers and 9 guest beers. I enjoyed their "Party time Pils," "Downtown IPA," Oathbreaker Saisson," and a delicious Weiheinstephaner bock beer, a guest from Germany. A pleasant evening with some decent craft beer.

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jjboesen from Maryland, Nov 23, 2017
Photo of devilmakesthree
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I almost always enjoy going to a brewery, and this was no exception. Good food, nice vibe, great beer (some in under looked styles which we're quite nice), and truly fantastic service. I have not had this much fun since the Second Defenestration of Prague

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Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Located in the rapidly becoming completely rejuvenated and gentrified SE industrial area, Wayfinder is a popular, high energy gastropub with a well thought out beer selection and above average food. The wife and I stopped by on a warm Friday afternoon around 6:30, and the place was jammed pack. It didn't appear that the place takes reservations, so even though this place is quite sizeable with a good size outside deck, there was a wait to get a table when we arrived (only 20 minutes if one wanted to be seated inside, but it sounded like the wait was well over an hour if you wanted to sit outside). This place has a modernistic, high energy vibe to it, with the staff and bartender going a mile a minute to make and serve food and drink orders. The wife and I ended up getting a seat at the bar, which ended up being a good thing, as bar service was excellent. I assume there is also table service, but I also saw a steady line of customers at the bar to order a drink (margaritas were very popular on this Friday - the Wayfinder has a very well stocked bar).

In terms of beer, there were 14 beers on taps, mostly consisting of German style lagers (pils, hellse, lager, hefeweizen, etc.). As this is Portland, of course there was an IPA, in this case the excellent Breakside wanderlust. They also had the Prairie Bomb on tap, for those who prefer something a bit darker (or who wanted to have a dessert beer).

In terms of food, while the menu selection isn't huge, everything that came out of the kitchen appeared to be well prepared. The dirty fries we got (dripping in cheese, bacon and onions) were quite good, the main courses we ordered were well made as well (my schnitzel was very enjoyable and my wife enjoyed her crab cakes along with my grilled asparagus). There's something of a German theme at Wayfinder, reflected in both the beer selection and food (spätzle, sauerkraut, various sausage plates, schnitzel, etc.).

Prices were fairly reasonable I thought. For instance, the half liter of Schneider Weisse I ordered was $5.50 a glass (the last time I ordered this beer in Baltimore, some years ago, I paid $7 for a glass), and I think that was the going rate for a half liter of most beers (served in a proper stein for the Schneider Weisse I ordered, but otherwise it appeared most lagers were served in a large glass mug).

All in all, we had a very good time at the Wayfinder, and I was impressed with the service, beer selection and food. Unfortunately, it's located a bit out of the way for the wife and I, so I'm not sure how often we'll be able to come back. Still, this is a place to keep in mind (if one happens to be in the area) for casual dining with well prepared food at fair prices. Parking is a bit of an issue around this part of town (just street parking, and it can sometimes be difficult to find), which is really the only downside I can think of to a visit here. I'm sure we'll be back at some point.

Eventually, the plan is for Wayfinder to brew and sell their own beer here, but that had not yet taken place as of our initial visit (think the brewery is in operation now, however - as of 11/17).

BTW. This is not one of those places that keeps their online taplist up to date. Plan accordingly.

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John_M from Oregon, May 27, 2017
Wayfinder Beer in Portland, OR
Brewery rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 109 ratings