New to Portland.....

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by Jays2716, Jul 17, 2012.

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  1. Jays2716

    Jays2716 Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2012 Missouri

    I just moved up here and was hoping for some help from people who have had the time to thoroughly explore the local beer scene. What are the brewpubs, tap houses and bottle shops most worth visiting first? So far, I've made it to APEX, Bailey's, Henry's, Deschuttes, Bridgeport, Rogue, Laurelwood, Hopworks, and Caps and Corks. I have a few others on the list (HotD, Belmont Station, etc,), but would love suggestions, especially anything I'm missing around city center.
  2. hannont

    hannont Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2008 Oregon

    Beermongers and Beaumont market are places to check out
  3. drgarage

    drgarage Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2008 California

  4. ramnuts

    ramnuts Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2009 Oregon

    Lucky Lab (several locations), Migration, Upright and Fifth Quadrant
  5. Jays2716

    Jays2716 Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2012 Missouri

    I appreciate the suggestions. I've been to Migration and heard of Lucky Lab, the rest are new to me.
  6. guajolote

    guajolote Savant (1,203) Sep 12, 2008 Oregon

    Breakside, Bridgetown Beerhouse, Lompoc Sidebar, Gigantic, Roscoe's (all for beer and/or bottles). Burnside & Coalition are worth checking out too, IMO. Word is The Commons tasting room is cool, but I've yet to go, so I can't speak from first-hand experience.

    Grain & Gristle for good, reasonably priced food & a great beer list. Bazi Bierbrasserie is good for both of those things as well.

    I sometimes like to stop at Lompoc Hedge House on Division. They don't have the major beer cache of the big boys (HotD, Cascade, Deschutes, etc.) but it's a cool spot to sit on the front or side patio and have a pint on a nice summer afternoon/evening. I also like Roadside Attraction on SE 12th as a never-mentioned-in-these-threads kind of place. And that's the great thing about living in/near PDX--being able to discover all the places that are never really mentioned in the "where should I drink in PDX?" threads. There are soooo many great spots to discover, and now you'll have the chance to find them!
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  7. honkduh

    honkduh Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2011 Oregon

  8. Colloby

    Colloby Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2009 Arizona

    Last weekend I visited the Mash Tun on Alberta - great beers, and if you are a vegetarian, they have amazing home-made burgers
  9. mudbug

    mudbug Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon

    Horsebrass, go hungry and thirsty and take the public transportation home.
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  10. guajolote

    guajolote Savant (1,203) Sep 12, 2008 Oregon

    Yes! Also nearby is Hop & Vine. Another good patio there. They also have some very good, very underrated brunch on weekends. Ooh! Also on Killingsworth... The Florida Room. Great hipster watching. And a respectable tap list.

    Are they brewing their own beers yet? I've been there twice and they've never had a house beer on tap. In fact, the brewhouse didn't even look operational. (Insert smiley with hand rubbing chin).
  11. djbreezy

    djbreezy Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2008 Washington

    Welcome. Sounds like you need to make your way down to The Commons and try the Farmhouse Ale.
  12. beefandbean22

    beefandbean22 Pundit (798) Oct 15, 2008 Oregon

    Just in case people don't know, they now open at 2 pm on Saturdays.
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  13. Jays2716

    Jays2716 Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2012 Missouri

    So basically all the beer is on the other side of the river... I'll have to make it over to that side more.
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  14. boralyl

    boralyl Pundit (988) Apr 17, 2008 Oregon

  15. Shmeal

    Shmeal Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2009 Oregon

    Pretty much yah. I like it though, it would be a lot harder to drink responsibly if I didn't have to drive home constantly
  16. boMD

    boMD Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2009 Oregon

    Tri-Met has volunteered to be your DD for a modest fee.
  17. Shmeal

    Shmeal Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2009 Oregon

    I'm asian, therefore my sense of direction isn't so hot. I'd be on Tri-Met for days trying to get home.
  18. John_M

    John_M Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,253) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Shrug. It's Portland. Tell the OP to ride his bike (I always did).

    Distances are relatively short, the city is relatively flat, and I know I always felt a lot better about the damage I did to myeslf at the Moon and 6, Belmont Station, Laurelwood, HorseBrass, Claudia's, etc. afterwards.
  19. seanchai

    seanchai Maven (1,406) May 23, 2009 Virginia

    Very nice food/beer/gastropub-ish option is Sunshine Tavern on SE Division. Had a very nice dinner there this past Sunday on my recent trip.
  20. Jays2716

    Jays2716 Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2012 Missouri

    No bike, but I live downtown so almost everything is walkable. I'll have to drive or bus it to the east side until I get a bike.
  21. Boozecamel

    Boozecamel Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2011 Canada (BC)

    Some bridges are a bit more pleasant to walk over than others. Marquam Bridge is a little on the busy side, and doing a zigzag walk, for my personal safety I have decided to take a different route in future.
  22. djbreezy

    djbreezy Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2008 Washington

    I'd recommend taking an F-350 extended cab long bed through downtown for beer tours. It's typically the easiest way to find parking. Don't see anything? Make yourself a spot.
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