Top 5 Oregon Breweries

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  1. deadwolfbones

    deadwolfbones (310) Jun 21, 2014 Oregon

    Definitely didn't have that mountain, though.
  2. SeaAle

    SeaAle (540) Jun 24, 2012 Oregon

    Same here.
  3. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt (1,880) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Emporia, home of Clint Boyer!
  4. t4h2c0

    t4h2c0 (0) Jun 5, 2007 Washington

    Great Notion
    Fort George
    de Garde
  5. MaximumYuks

    MaximumYuks (85) Nov 30, 2013 Oregon

    Leaving Breakside and Ruse off of my list broke my heart, but I suppose it's just a testament to all of the great breweries in Oregon that I could easily list a dozen that deserve to be in my top 5.
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  6. jason_nwx

    jason_nwx (840) Sep 12, 2012 Oregon

    I hate that I neglected to mention Ferment and Oakshire. Especially Ferment.
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  7. A_Drunken_Production

    A_Drunken_Production (0) Aug 14, 2017 Oregon

    In no order:
    1. Ruse
    2. Upright
    3. Block 15
    4. Great Notion
    5. Fort George
    I'm pretty Portland-centric. There are plenty of other great breweries, for sure, but I haven't had a bad beer from those breweries.
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  8. Pstone530

    Pstone530 (0) Mar 15, 2018 California

    Input from a Californian who spends about a month in Oregon per year.

    Top 5 no order
    pFriem - Everything i've had across many styles has been excellent.
    Breakside- I've been impressed with many of their offerings as well.
    Great Notion- They nail down the crazy flavor profiles they go for, and make killer juicy ipas
    Ale Apothecary- Some of my favorite sours, their beers are very distinct.
    Claim 52- Thought they were making the best beer in Eugene last time I went.

    On the Cusp
    Fort George
    Block 15

    Need to try more from
    Barley Brown
    Heater Allen
  9. PNW

    PNW (0) Dec 23, 2019 Washington

    I'm not familiar with Claim 52 and haven't seen them around Washington, but I'll be on the lookout now.
  10. John_M

    John_M (1,873) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    I'm surprised you haven't seen their stuff up your way. Their beer is pretty much every place out here (in PDX), even in many grocery stores. They make a wide range of stuff, but hazy IPA's really seem to be their bread and butter.
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  11. PNW

    PNW (0) Dec 23, 2019 Washington

    I'm looking at their cans and nothing looks familiar yet. I'll see if my sister in Bend can snag some for me if I can't find it around here.
  12. John_M

    John_M (1,873) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    I would be surprised if you saw something you recognized. Fluffy is their flagship IPA I would guess; otherwise, it feels like they just keep on churning out new hazies with new names every couple of months.

    I tend to think of them as an Oregon version of Revision Brewing out of Sparks Nevada, except the quality isn't as high and they don't seem to do a lot re-makes of their various hazies. My impression is that they're trying to capitalize on the hazy IPA craze (much like Revision, IMO), and I often see customers buying their cans just because 1) it's a hazy IPA and, 2), the price point is pretty attractive. I don't want to say anything negative about their hazy IPA's (a lot of people think they do a great job with them), but IMHO, the flavor profile is pretty ubiquitous. Not that they all taste the same (though some are pretty similar, IMHO), but after you've tried a couple, you should be able to pick out new versions blind without too much trouble.
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  13. dphi

    dphi (200) Apr 14, 2013 Oregon

    They definitely jumped on the bandwagon but they were also one of the first hazy producers in Oregon - I first had Fluffy in mid-2016. They're also doing adjunct stouts, sours, and excessively fruited goses so I'd think of them more as the Great Notion of Eugene - both in terms of styles and quality (some hits, some misses).
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  14. John_M

    John_M (1,873) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    That's my recollection as well. Sorry if my post above suggested otherwise.
  15. Pstone530

    Pstone530 (0) Mar 15, 2018 California

    I went to the Claim 52 taproom twice last summer in Eugene and thought they had a few nice big stouts. A couple hazy beers, there was one in particular that blew me away. I believe it was a DDH fluffy. Am interested to see how they've progressed on my next trip back to Eugene.
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  16. t4h2c0

    t4h2c0 (0) Jun 5, 2007 Washington

    You mostly see Claim 52 on tap around Seattle and i have seen their cans all over town at better bottleshops. I think their beer is good overall but most people dont know who they are so their normal canned beers tend to gather dust on the shelf so i usually steer clear of the packaged stuff but always willing to try on draft.
  17. Reidrover

    Reidrover (1,390) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon

    I like Claim 52 and their Hazy's..kinda like Old Town..but I think Coldfire is the best in Eugene right now.
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  18. Pstone530

    Pstone530 (0) Mar 15, 2018 California

    Man...I forgot about coldfire. When I was there last July I thought the beer was really solid. Found a few styles at whole foods I enjoyed. I probably forgot about them due to the atmosphere of the taproom. It was cramped, children were running wild, and the people working there didn't seem too enthused to be on shift.
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  19. Reidrover

    Reidrover (1,390) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon

    Their beers were average couple of years back..but the last year they have come on leaps and bounds, good canned beer. Their Minute after Midnight stout is bloody good.Yeah i hate taprooms with kids running rampant.
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  20. johnniehops

    johnniehops (269) Mar 25, 2015 Oregon

    Very difficult to pick five let alone rank them. In no order:

    1. Block 15
    2. Wayfinder
    3. Heater Allen
    4. Fort George
    5. Ruse
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  21. dphi

    dphi (200) Apr 14, 2013 Oregon

    Manifest and Gratitude are both doing some good stuff as well
  22. ppilot

    ppilot (0) Jul 17, 2009 Oregon

    Ferment is sooooo good and they've been super consistent across all their styles. I actually look forward to visiting them more than Pfriem now largely due to how insane Pfriem can get.
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  23. ppilot

    ppilot (0) Jul 17, 2009 Oregon

    I've been following them for the last four years or so and they've been pretty damn good from the get go. Everyone I've taken there have been really surprised at how good all the beers were across different styles. Also it's my go to spot for pre Duck Football Imbibing
  24. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson (1,068) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Hair of the Dog

    Yachats is the sleeper, I never hear any love.for them.but I have found.their beer good to amazing.
    Hair of the Dog is a.legend for a reason but their expertise is a bit narrow so I get.why.they don't hit for everyone.
    Crux blew me away when I visited some years ago with their quality across a wide range.
    Logsdons just cause I'm a sucker for their style and find their stuff more balanced than what I've tried from de garde
    And pFriem seems to put out little else but perfectly put together, clean, simple, beer. Sign of the times that it can stand out from the crowd as.much as it has for me
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  25. sharpski

    sharpski (874) Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    Yachats has a good reputation but they’re definitely under the radar still; their location helps with that. You may want to check out beers from Allegory if you have the chance, Charlie at Allegory was previously the Head Brewer at Yachats and was at Logsdon before that.
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  26. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson (1,068) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    sounds like I might be a fan of Charlie. Where is Allegory out of?
  27. sharpski

    sharpski (874) Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    McMinnville, about an hour out of Portland. Bonus: one of the best lager breweries in Oregon/the US, Heater Allen is in McMinnville, too.
  28. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt (1,880) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    You get a do-over on Logsdon, as they are now a WA brewery.
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  29. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson (1,068) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    oh really, when did that happen? also how did that happen? aren't/weren't they a 'farm house' brewery? they bought a whole new farmhouse?
  30. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson (1,068) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Ah seems like a quest to mcminnville is in order. Been through once before, super beautiful area. I got a couple of heater allen cans a few months back and they were not too shabby. They were also about 9 months old so I'd love to give them a fresh shot
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  31. vurt

    vurt (1,136) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon

    Heater Allen is a gem. An Oregon treasure.
  32. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt (1,880) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Well, it's complicated. They had the original brewery on the farm. Then opened a storefront in Hood River. Their neighbors complained, so they closed the farm.

    Somewhere in here, the original owner sold it to (IIRC) his brewer. I forget just when, but at some point they moved across the river.
  33. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson (1,068) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    alright then I'm changing out my logsdon vote for the super norcal homer vote of Chetco Brewing:stuck_out_tongue:
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  34. guajolote

    guajolote (578) Sep 12, 2008 Oregon

    I'll play.

    Block 15
    Ft. George
    de Garde

    Upright is the best brewery in the state and if you don't agree with me, you are wrong :stuck_out_tongue:. B15, pFriem, and FG all make great beers across just about every style, though FG doesn't do wild/sours, unlike the other two. de Garde is definitely niche, but they just keep getting better, IMO.

    I really debated replacing dG with Heater Allen or Wayfinder because of their lagers, but again, B15, pFriem, and FG make enough great lagers of their own to justify leaving those two off.
  35. Radwizard

    Radwizard (0) Dec 14, 2019 Washington

    Block 15
    De Garde
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  36. PerfectPorter

    PerfectPorter (0) Jul 30, 2010 Oregon

    I like clear West Coast IPAs/PAs, so that heavily influences my list.

    Barley Brown's - Pallet Jack is my jam, am a huge fan of Comrade Brewing"s Superpower in Denver, Marks (make IPAs clear again), the head brewer got his start in Baker City, Hand Truck and Moxee Water are solid pale ales
    Boneyard - RPM, CBD elixir
    pFriem - flagship IPA, great food menu
    Breakside - loved that I could get a $3.99 bomber of Wanderlust when I lived in Tucson, AZ
    Ex Novo - Eliot, awesome business model

    Von Ebert - Volatile Substance, don't get up there enough anymore since I moved from Longview, WA to Milwaukie in October
    Block 15 - Sticky Hands, a little high on the ABV for me, but not boozy at all, just pure hop
    Ferment - gorgeous taproom next to pFriem, solid clear IPA, great food menu
    Deschutes - after Bert Grant's went out of business and I could no longer get Perfect Porter, Black Butte became my new staple, until I tried my first Stone IPA, haven't fallen in love with any of their IPAs/PAs
    Migration - Straight Outta Portland

    I like what Great Notion does and will stop in just to keep my palate memory fresh for the style. I've only had de Garde's Hoses, so I'll have to try some of their more complex offerings. I like an occasional sour, but they usually mess with my stomach. I don't really care for sweet double/Imperial/triple IPAs. Not a huge fan of adjuncts.

    Quite a few others I'll have to try listed in this thread.
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  37. mudbug

    mudbug (0) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon

    By what is readily available on the central coast
    Block 15 (self distributed)
    Bier One
    Wolf Tree
    Ft George
  38. draheim

    draheim (1,199) Sep 18, 2010 Washington

    Based on a catalogued list of unique beers I've had from Oregon breweries since 2010:
    Deschutes (35)
    Upright (13)
    Cascade (13)
    Pelican (12)
    Logsdon (10)

    Honorable mentions to de Garde, Ale Apothecary, pFriem, Boneyard, Hair of the Dog, Commons, Fort George, Hopworks, Crux, and Breakside, all of which were in single digits, among a few others.
  39. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt (1,880) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    @Reidrover , now that the zombie nomination thread is revived, do we get a poll thread to vote on?

    Everybody loves voting on internet polls, and, we're all bored......
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  40. westlaunboy

    westlaunboy (225) Mar 31, 2010 Washington

    So not dissuading anyone from posting a poll, but I compiled the number of votes received by each brewery, which I think may be an even better method of crowdsourcing the community's feelings than a poll:

    Oregon Brewery Rankings (# of list appearances in parentheses)
    1. pFriem (26)
    2. Block 15 (23)
    3. Fort George (22)
    4. Upright (12)
    5. Boneyard (11)
    6. Hair of the Dog (10)
    6. de Garde (10)
    6. Deschutes (10)
    9. Breakside (9)
    10. Wayfinder (8)
    11. Great Notion (6)
    11. Sunriver (6)
    13. Heater Allen (5)
    14. Ruse (4)
    14. Cascade (4)
    16. Ale Apothecary (3)
    16. Alesong (3)
    16. Gigantic (3)
    16. Crux (3)
    20. Barley Brown (2)
    20. Logsdon (2)
    22. Baerlic (1)
    22. Bend Brewing (1)
    22. Buoy (1)
    22. Claim 52 (1)
    22. Ecliptic (1)
    22. Ex Novo (1)
    22. Little Beast (1)
    22. Occidental (1)
    22. Yachats (1)
    22. Pelican (1)
    22. Bier One (1)
    22. Wolf Tree (1)

    Obviously this becomes less useful/meaningful as you get down to the lower numbers, but there seems to be pretty broad agreement on the Top 3, and it's a pretty good guide through #13 or so. I should also note that I excluded any lists that didn't have exactly five breweries.
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