Visiting Portland (Fall 2015 update)

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by guajolote, Oct 4, 2015.

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  1. chikunwing

    chikunwing Initiate (0) Jul 18, 2013 Oregon

    It is crab season!
     
  2. guajolote

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

    The Woodsman Tavern has $2 oyster happy hour. The hours vary depending on the day, so check ahead. The tap list is pretty solid as well.
     
  3. John_M

    John_M Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,275) Oct 25, 2003 Washington
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    Just a quick caveat I would make about the Tavern.

    The food at the Tavern is across the board terrific, and despite the name (and atmosphere), this is a fine dining destination with prices to match (the GF and I visited after reading a nice write-up about the place in the Wine Spectator). They do have a pretty decent tap list, but this is not really craft beer destination (not the way Higgins is, for example), and given the prices they charge for beer (not exorbitant, but definitely on the high side), it can take a while to blow through a keg. That's something I would just keep in mind, especially if one is tempted to order an IPA here.
     
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  4. digita7693

    digita7693 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2010 Germany

    But if you are looking for whiskey!!!
    It is a pity the sandwich shop/deli which was next door closed, it was great to get a sandwich and sit inside stumptown...
     
  5. John_M

    John_M Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,275) Oct 25, 2003 Washington
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    Ain't that the truth. Wine selection is pretty good as well.

    Fortunately, a little extra time in the bottle generally doesn't do either any harm (unlike a hoppy IPA/DIPA).

    Of course given where I stay when I'm up in the PDX, there's only one place I ever even consider when it comes to settling in over a cozy dram of whiskey.

    http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/16362/

    "whiskey... because the worlds problems can't be solved over a glass of chardonnay."
     
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  6. dirtylou

    dirtylou Grand Pooh-Bah (3,266) May 12, 2005 Oklahoma
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    Maybe not so much Portland but ridiculous to not consider shellfish a regional cuisine. Easily the best oysters, mussels, and clams in the country as far as I'm concerned. Where the hell else in the US can you eat geoduck regularly?

    Wild mushrooms are wonderful here and very much in season. There are so many crazy foraged ingredients in the PNW.

    All the damn salmon is from Alaska!

    Portland, Seattle and Vancouver are all fabulous food cities.
     
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  7. elNopalero

    elNopalero Grand Pooh-Bah (4,568) Oct 14, 2009 Michigan
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    Is there anyplace in Portland where I can find a variety of beers on the ol' hand pump? Thinking a cask conditioned IPA would hit the spot in the middle of the day.
     
  8. distantmantra

    distantmantra Pooh-Bah (2,954) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Horse Brass.
     
  9. digita7693

    digita7693 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2010 Germany

    Baileys always has a cask beer on, and is a much better place than Horse Brass. Sure, Horse Brass is an institution, but it is also one that has had problems cleaning tap lines and being exciting/interesting. Bailey's, for me, is far superior in just about every category.
     
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  10. John_M

    John_M Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,275) Oct 25, 2003 Washington
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    I'm a big fan of Bailey's, but I can't let this comment stand without a retort.

    I've been going to the HB for roughly 20 years and have never encountered a problem with "dirty" taplines. I've heard the accusation though, and so it's something I'm always on the watch for. However, I've never had a problem there.

    The HB typically has three or four beers on cask at any given time, and it would be my number one recommendation for anyone looking for cask beer in PDX. As for the selection otherwise, that's something elNopalero can decide for himself. The online taplist at Bailey's is in real time and so is always up to date. The online list at the HB is updated every couple of days now (sometimes it's less often than that, but that's generally what I see), so it's not as up to date as the online list at Bailey's. Still, it's always fairly current, and if nothing else, it will give you a good idea what you can expect to find if you go there.

    If you have the time, I would recommend visiting both spots (both places are outstanding, IMHO).

    Enjoy your visit.
     
  11. derftron

    derftron Pooh-Bah (1,639) Feb 8, 2012 Oregon
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    I would also say that Moon and SIxpence (NE 42nd) usually has 2-3 beers on Cask, and usually one of them is an IPA
     
  12. John_M

    John_M Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,275) Oct 25, 2003 Washington
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    Forgot all about them, but that's an excellent recommendation as well. It used to be that they always had Red Seal from N. Coast on cask, which for me, was reason enough to stop by there.
     
  13. digita7693

    digita7693 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2010 Germany

    I am just not a fan of HB, Ive been maybe 10+ times and I always seem to end up wondering why I didn't just go to Baileys, Beermongers, Belmont or a brewery. It is worth checking out and definitely your best bet for cask beer, but I wouldn't put it in my top 5 bars in PDX, just as I wouldn't put hotd in my top 5 breweries in PDX...
     
  14. elNopalero

    elNopalero Grand Pooh-Bah (4,568) Oct 14, 2009 Michigan
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    Having never visited Portland I feel like I'm going to need a dozen more trips to fit everything in. Are wet hop ales still available? And what about all the tasty cold weather beers? Can I pack a spare liver?

    [...drools...]
     
  15. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,282) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Fresh hop (different thing than wet hop, regardless what SN says) is pretty much done. But there's still probably the odd keg here and there. Winter ales are starting to show their faces, but Thanksgiving-ish is when they really start to come into their own. Don't worry too much about specific beers, just wade in when ya get there. It's guaranteed that you'll never come close to trying it all, leaving plenty for the next visit.
     
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  16. derftron

    derftron Pooh-Bah (1,639) Feb 8, 2012 Oregon
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    when do you get here?
     
  17. John_M

    John_M Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,275) Oct 25, 2003 Washington
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    I understand. Different strokes and all that.

    For me, the HB has always been the top beer bar destination in the city, but I can understand why it might not be appealing to everyone (limited menu, dark, cave-like atmosphere, unpredictable service, etc.). However, I like the vibe of the place (but then I dig a good dive beer, so the HB is right up my alley), the prices are generally reasonable, and I always get along just fine with the bartenders. I like the fact that they always have HOTD Fred on tap, they always have PtE or Blind Pig on tap, and they always have 3 or 4 cask options. Back in the day, I appreciated the fact that they always had HOTD Blue Dot on tap (though of course not any more), and I've always appreciated the way they support the local beer scene (with a sizeable PDX beer presence).

    There are all kinds of great options in PDX, and I like to spread the love around. However, HB has always been part of my regular rotation and likely always will be.
     
  18. Socalfan21

    Socalfan21 Pundit (870) Aug 1, 2013 Illinois
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    So we plan on eating at one of the downtown brewpubs for one of the brewery. Which brewery has the best food?
     
  19. John_M

    John_M Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,275) Oct 25, 2003 Washington
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    For downtown, deschutes is hard to beat. I can get my beer hating gf to eat at deschutes, so that should give you some idea how good their food is. not mind blowing, but it it pretty good I think.
     
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  20. PortlandAlePatrol

    PortlandAlePatrol Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2014 Oregon

    I would say that both Bridgeport & Deschutes have great tasting food, that's IMHO.

    Not shure when will you be here in PDX, butt, Bridgeport still has some Hop Harvest on tap, due to the late release this year.
     
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