Visiting Portland (Fall 2015 update)

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  1. guajolote

    guajolote Maven (1,325) Sep 12, 2008 Oregon

    A while back, it became clear that this forum could use an easily searchable "I'm visiting Portland, where should I go?" thread. In this thread, I'll attempt to cull the "must-hit" spots generally agreed upon by Portland BAs. Of course, recommendations & suggestions are encouraged.

    (Almost) Universally Recommended "Must-Visit" Breweries & Brew Pubs
    Breakside Brewery
    Cascade Brewing Barrel House
    The Commons Brewery
    Deschutes Portland Pub
    Hair of the Dog Brewing
    Upright Brewing (Upright is cash/checks only, both for bottle purchases and by the glass sales)

    Other Highly Recommended Breweries & Brew Pubs
    Baerlic Brewing
    Gigantic Brewing
    Hopworks Urban Brewery & Hopworks Bike Bar
    Laurelwood Brewing (multiple locations)
    Lompoc Brewing (multiple locations)
    Occidental Brewing

    The Newcomers (breweries opened in the past year-ish)
    BackPedal Brewing (July 2015)
    BTU Brasserie & Brewery (August 2014)
    Culmination Brewing (January 2015)
    Fat Head's Brewery (November 2014)
    Great Notion Brewing (September 2015)
    The Labrewtory (October 2015)
    Leikam Brewing (August 2015)
    Montavilla Brew Works (July 2015)
    Splash Brewery (August 2015)
    Zoiglhaus Brewing (September 2015)

    Highly Recommended Beer Bars / Bottle Shops
    APEX (Taproom, Bottles-to-go; Apex is cash only, but has an on site ATM)
    Bailey's Taproom/The Upper Lip (Taproom, Crowler Fills, Growler Fills, Bottle List)
    The Beermongers (Taproom, Bottle Shop, Growler Fills)
    Belmont Station (Taproom, Bottle Shop, Growler Fills, Food)
    Bridgetown Beerhouse (Taproom, Bottle Shop, Growler Fills)
    The Green Dragon (Taproom, Food)
    The Growler Guys PDX (Taproom, Crowler Fills, Growler Fills, Bottles-to-go)
    The Hop & Vine (Taproom, Bottle Shop, Growler Fills, Food)
    Horse Brass Pub (Taproom, Food)
    Imperial Bottle Shop (Taproom, Bottle Shop, Growler Fills, Bottle Fills)
    John's Marketplace (Bottle Shop)
    Oregon Hophouse: Hawthorne | 15th Avenue (Taproom, Growler Fills, Food)
    Roscoe's (Taproom, Growler Fills, Food)
    Saraveza (Taproom, Bottle Shop, Growler Fills, Food)
    Tin Bucket (Taproom, Bottle Shop, Counter Pressure Growler Fills)
    (A Few) Beer-centric Restaurants*
    Bazi Bierbrasserie
    Cheese Bar
    Cheese & Crack Snack Shop
    Grain & Gristle
    Higgins Restaurant
    Raven & Rose / The Rookery
    White Owl Social Club

    * Just about any decent restaurant in PDX has an acceptable beer list. Many are more-than-acceptable. This might be the most debatable section of this thread. Eater PDX is a great food resource.
    Portland BeerFly listing:
    Willamette Week's 2015 Beer Guide:

    Some helpful maps
    digita7693’s map (beer map, restaurants, hotels, cafes, to-do)
    The Beer Mapping Project
    Oregon & Washington Brew Map
    Oregon Beer Country map

    A couple of potential(ly dangerous) pub crawls
    The "Walk it Off" Pub Crawl (HotD > Bailey's > Deschutes > Upright > Burnside > Cascade)
    Inner SE Pub/Brewery Crawl (APEX > Beermongers > Baerlic > HotD > Commons > Cascade > Base Camp > Burnside)
    North Portland Pub Crawl (StormBreaker > Bridgetown Beerhouse > BikeBar > Sidebar > Tin Bucket > Ecliptic)

    Want to know if XYZ bar/brewery allows kids? Here are some resources:
    "PDX with kids" BA thread
    Bars that Allow Children in Portland
    Best Kid-Friendly Portland Brewpubs
    Kid-Friendly Portland Breweries

    Need shippers for all the beer you bought?
    Portland Wine Storage
    Rose City Wine Vaults & Storage


    PDX Bus (free and awesome app)
    And yes, Uber and Lyft are currently operating in Portland.

    Portland Airport
    The beer flows at PDX as well. There are two Laurelwood brewpubs (concourses A & E), a Rogue brewpub (concourse D), a Henry's Tavern outpost, and several other restaurants with good tap lists. Rogue and Laurelwood are both past security, so you can pick up bottles or growlers and carry them on the plane. There are also Made in Oregon stores past security with good bottle selections.

    ** Disclaimer: This post is not intended to be a catch-all for Portland beer establishments. There are literally hundreds of well-regarded beer institutions throughout the greater Portland area -- many of which are not listed in this post. This thread is an attempt to present the most frequently recommended and highest-regarded spots cited in the Northwest BA forum. Exploration and experimentation are certainly encouraged!
    #1 guajolote, Oct 4, 2015
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  2. guajolote

    guajolote Maven (1,325) Sep 12, 2008 Oregon

    Updates to Version 10:
    * moved Baerlic to the "other recommended" list
    * removed Ex Novo & StormBreaker from "The Newcomers"
    * added a bunch of new breweries (w/opening dates) to "The Newcomers" list
    * removed Loyal Legion from the restaurants section
    * added Portland Wine Storage link

    Past versions:
    Original thread
    Update v.1 (winter 2013)
    Update v.2 (spring 2013)
    Update v.3 (summer 2013)
    Update v.4 (fall/winter 2013-14)
    Update v.5 (spring 2014)
    Update v.6 (fall/winter 2014)
    Update v.7 (winter 2015)
    Update v.8 (spring 2015)
    Update v.9 (summer 2015)
    #2 guajolote, Oct 4, 2015
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  3. Strangestbrewer

    Strangestbrewer Crusader (453) Oct 17, 2014 Oregon

    Man is Baerlic's opinion really that high? Out of the Ex Novo, StormBreaker, and Baerlic I'd go SB, EX, & Baerlic. Maybe I need to visit more or something.
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  4. Rivenin

    Rivenin Initiate (0) Aug 22, 2011 Oregon

    Might want to specify apex is cash only as well... They have an ATM on site, but I'm not sure how much the fees are, plus fees at your bank. So, bring cash :slight_smile:
  5. guajolote

    guajolote Maven (1,325) Sep 12, 2008 Oregon

    Feel free to make your case and/or add links for any establishment you feel deserves recognition. Like I said in the summer update, I think the "Other Highly Recommended" list is the most debatable. One thing I don't want to do is make a list of every brewery in town. That's what the Portland BeerFly is for.

    But they reimburse you $1 if you have a receipt from their ATM. So, if your bank/credit union reimburses ATM fees, you're actually making money! :grinning:
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  6. Arsenal_MC

    Arsenal_MC Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2013 District of Columbia

    How come deGarde isn't mentioned anywhere? Is that deliberate?
  7. NedStarkravingmad

    NedStarkravingmad Initiate (0) Apr 26, 2015 Washington

    Because it's not in Portland, I'm guessing. It's 90 minutes away.
  8. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,282) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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  9. John_M

    John_M Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,275) Oct 25, 2003 Washington
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    Done. I've also mentioned the same for Upright brewing.

    Those are the only places on the list that I know of that only take cash. Is there any place else I'm missing?
  10. Arsenal_MC

    Arsenal_MC Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2013 District of Columbia

    I realize it's not in Portland, but having no information about it in such a detailed, robust, and helpful guide seems silly. Most BAs going to Portland will want info on getting out to Tillamook, and other additional information about the brewery... Like ME!
  11. digita7693

    digita7693 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2010 Germany

    Upright takes checks too! I didn't know people still had checks? But I've seen people there pay by check before.:slight_smile:
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  12. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,282) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Well, there's no info on Hood River either. It's a PDX thread, not a Western Oregon thread. Shrug. It takes a lot of effort to do these threads, big thanks to to the folks who keep us up-to-date on PDX, Seattle, Bend, and Eugene.
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  13. sharpski

    sharpski Pooh-Bah (2,806) Oct 11, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    A quick search for "de Garde" will turn up lots of information about them in multiple threads from this forum. I think "many" BAs visiting Oregon will be interested in de Garde, but I'd need to see actual data before agreeing it's "most." Oregon has so many great breweries outside of Portland, making an exception for this one is what seems silly. Hope you enjoy your visit and I have no doubt you will find plenty of info to plan a trip to Tillamook, this just isn't the thread for that.

    Also, be aware that putting blinders on for a single brewery will rob you of what makes Oregon beer and beer culture so great. If all you look for are the black and white labels, you're going to miss the kaleidoscope of great beers that don't get the same hype. Cheers!
    #13 sharpski, Oct 5, 2015
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  14. John_M

    John_M Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,275) Oct 25, 2003 Washington
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    IMHO, you're missing the point of the thread. There's plenty of information about dG, both on BA and on-line generally. So I don't feel as if any point is served by including additional information about dG in this thread/post (which is aimed specifically at folks visiting PDX). Also, not to point out the obvious (but of course I will anyway), if the post/thread includes information about dG, then why not Barley Brown, Boneyard, Block 15 and a host of other popular destinations that various beer tourists are interested in visiting while in Oregon?

    My take is that this thread pertains specifically to folks visiting PDX from out of the area. If while they're here, they need or want additional information about dG (or some place else in Oregon), they can ask.

    Just my .02.
  15. Arsenal_MC

    Arsenal_MC Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2013 District of Columbia

    Whoa.. A lot of strong feelings about this thread being strictly PDX-only.

    "Why not include Block 15, or other breweries from Bend?"

    Simple: because proximity.. A trip to Portland CAN easily include a short day trip to de Garde. A trip to Portland CANNOT easily include a day trip to Boneyard.

    In my planning for Portland, I include de Garde because of proximity. It would be helpful for a blurb about said day trip (which is undoubtedly all too common). That would help round out the guide and make it that much more helpful for the common BA, that's all. The objections to my question seem to be coming from a place of hate for de Garde (as in hating on the hype that surrounds them), or intense pride for PDX. I can't figure out which, though.
  16. Rivenin

    Rivenin Initiate (0) Aug 22, 2011 Oregon

    To agree with all points in here... and i do know these threads are a bit hard to put up. Maybe we can have a "side shoot" of stuff for day trips from Portland? (within something like... 1.5hr or 2hr) That way we can count in stuff like DeGarde, Full sail, Phreim, etc. That way people coming in to town will know more options if they want to go up and down 84/30 or take the scenic trip to the coast. etc. But then that might even open up a can of worms that would be ridiculous... double edged sword if you will

    i'll leave that at that and just put it up as a feeler... i know if i'm going on a beercation, i'd like to know whats on the outskirts so i'm not stuck in the same "general area" of wherever i was traveling to... if that makes sense?
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  17. NedStarkravingmad

    NedStarkravingmad Initiate (0) Apr 26, 2015 Washington

    I don't think it's either. The thread remains relatively navigable because it focuses on PDX, just as the Seattle thread focuses on Seattle. If you're on a beercation, you probably already know your stuff, and if not, you probably don't have time for a day trip. Also, if you're in town for business, you can visit awesome places on this thread! But not DG unless you have your own car and an extra day on your trip.

    For example, Hood River is actually closer to Portland and has some great breweries, but once we start trying to cover all bases instead of offering a primer on Portland, it gets really, really busy. Most folks are happy to answer questions about breweries in Astoria, Tillamook, Bend, Hood River, and other Oregon spots but things can really go off the rails if we try to address every NW destination.
  18. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,282) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Man, so much wrong with this post. Let me ask you a question; If there were a "Visiting D.C." thread, would you include info on Baltimore? Tillamook is about 70miles from PDX, Bawlmer about 40 from the District.
  19. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Initiate (0) Aug 17, 2005 Oregon

    I sort of feel like I'm just piling on at this point, but this sentence highlights the crux of the issue. Corvallis, Hood River, and Vancouver are all closer than Tillamook, but we don't include them either. If you read through the previous "Visiting Portland" threads you'll see that numerous visitors ask about day trips to these cities (well, maybe not the 'Couv), and we're all happy to oblige with specifics based on the person's tastes and available time.

    Also, de Garde is one of the few breweries that actually updates its website and facebook page on a regular basis (every Wednesday), so there's not much other info we can offer in many cases.

    Last but not least, unless you're averse to driving you can easily make a day trip out of visiting Bend. Hundreds of Portlanders make the trek every weekend during the winter months to ski/board Mt Bachelor.
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  20. vurt

    vurt Grand Pooh-Bah (3,578) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    But it could include Hood River. Or Astoria. Or Corvallis. All of which are fine beer destinations which fit your definition of proximity.

    The thing is, this thread was never intended as a catch-all for everything a beer tourist might want to see in Oregon when they fly in to PDX. This one thread is specifically for Portland. It has nothing to do with some perceived "hate" of de Garde or any particularly insular pride.* It has everything to do with convenience. There's a lot to see and drink here in the Portland metro area. You have to draw the line somewhere. In the case of this thread, the line is drawn around Portland.

    (* If you don't believe this point, just look at how many times we urge visitors to track down the outstanding beers of Boneyard and Barley Brown's, both of which are WAY outside Portland.)
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