Visiting Portland (Spring 2014 update)

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by digita7693, Apr 1, 2014.

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  1. digita7693

    digita7693 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2010 Germany

    Surely many of us agree that this forum could use an easily searchable/bump-able "I'm visiting Portland, where should I go?" thread. Here, I'll attempt to cull the consensus "must-hits," along with other highly recommended PDX breweries, brew pubs, bottle shops & beer bars that appear in this type of BA thread. Recommendations & suggestions are encouraged.

    (Almost) Universally Recommended "Must-Hit" Breweries & Brew Pubs
    Cascade Brewing Barrel House
    The Commons Brewery
    Deschutes Portland Pub
    Hair of the Dog
    Upright Brewing

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

    Highly Recommended Beer Bars / Bottle Shops
    APEX (Taproom, Bottles-to-go)
    Bailey's Taproom/Upper Lip (Taproom, 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 Hop & Vine (Taproom, Bottle Shop, Growler Fills, Food)
    Horse Brass Pub (Taproom, Food)
    Imperial Bottle Shop (Taproom, Bottle Shop, Growler Fills)
    John's Marketplace (Bottle Shop)
    Oregon Hophouse (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)
    White Owl Social Club (Taproom, Food)

    (A Few) Beer-centric Restaurants

    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.

    Bazi Bierbrasserie
    Cheese Bar
    Cheese and Crack Snack Shop
    Grain & Gristle
    Higgins Restaurant
    Raven & Rose / The Rookery

    Eater PDX (great food resource)
    Some helpful maps
    digita7693’s map (beer map, restaurants, hotels, cafes, to-do)

    Beer Maps
    The Beer Mapping Project
    Oregon & Washington Brew Map
    Oregon Beer Country map

    PDX Bus (free and awesome app)

    A couple suggested Pub Crawl maps
    Cascade > HotD > Bailey's > Deschutes > Upright > HUB/Side Bar
    Inner SE Pub/Brewery Crawl (APEX -> Beermongers -> The Commons -> HotD -> Cascade -> Base Camp -> Burnside)
    Sunnyside Pub Crawl (Horse Brass -> Belmont Station -> Hawthorne Hop House -> Bazi Bierbrasserie)
    North Portland Pub Crawl (Amnesia -> Bridgetown Beerhouse -> Prost! -> HUB BikeBar -> Lompoc Sidebar/5Q)

    PDX Airport Info
    The beer flows at PDX as well. There are two Laurelwood brewpubs (concourses A & E), a Rogue brewpub (concourse D), 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 very good bottle selections.
    Other BA resources:

    Portland BeerFly listing:

    Some other forum threads on the topic:

    *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 often cited in the Northwest BA forum. Exploration and experimentation are certainly encouraged!
    #1 digita7693, Apr 1, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2014
  2. digita7693

    digita7693 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2010 Germany

    The other thread needed a bump/cleaning up...
    sadly removed Wildwood from the list, RIP; only a couple of other small tweaks.
    Originally started by guajalote!

    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)
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  3. crusian

    crusian Pooh-Bah (1,989) May 14, 2010 Oregon

    This is great! one suggestion would be to put whether the place is kid friendly.
    Belmont, yes
    Beermongers, no
    Apex, no
    Baileys, no
    Cascade, yes
    Upright, yes... Somehow
    Hotd, yes
    Commons, no
    Deschutes, yes
    Breakside north, yes
    Breakside milwaukie, no
    Tin bucket, no
    Saraveza, yes
    Gigantic, no
    #3 crusian, Apr 2, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2014
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  4. digita7693

    digita7693 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2010 Germany

    Not a bad idea, will be added when Guajolote does the summer version:slight_smile:
  5. crusian

    crusian Pooh-Bah (1,989) May 14, 2010 Oregon

    I'll update it as I come across them. the above posts are the only ones I have been to so far.
  6. memphischas

    memphischas Savant (1,170) Apr 15, 2008 Tennessee

    I visited this past weekend and was impressed with Apex tap list. mmm Hop Venom and Big Bad Baptist.
  7. FreudianID

    FreudianID Initiate (0) Jan 29, 2011 Massachusetts

    Apex is great to try (hard to get) stuff that if you are coming from far away.Tin Bucket is awesome in the fact that it is close to some of the best food carts in the city. Also, it is extremely cheap and friendly staff. Additionally, rent a car and go to Hood River. Double Mountain FTW.
  8. guajolote

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

    I'll try. I had to edit the last update after I got a "too many characters" warning when trying to post it. I guess the solace we can take in Wildwood's closing is the fact that we gained 8 more characters. :astonished:
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  9. mrmsmith

    mrmsmith Zealot (662) Apr 22, 2007 District of Columbia

    OP, the link for Bridgetown Beerhouse is wonky. Otherwise this is awesome! Thanks so much.
  10. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,291) May 30, 2005 Michigan
    Pooh-Bah Society

    OP, you just made my day. I came here to do a search for exactly this info, and you gave me more than I would have thought that I needed. You da' man!! You just need to put a red flag on this post and bump it for when any PtE shows up in bottles. :slight_smile:
  11. digita7693

    digita7693 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2010 Germany

    thats what Guajolote and myself have been doing for a while:slight_smile: Not the PtE part, most Portlanders are too busy drinking Hop Venom, RPM and all the other great Oregonian IPAs to chase after that:wink:
  12. Stigs

    Stigs Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Heading out for my first visit this wk - just wanted to say thanks for the valuable info.
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  13. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Pooh-Bah (2,611) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan
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    Thanks for the post. Heading out late this month.
  14. spartan1979

    spartan1979 Pundit (946) Dec 29, 2005 Missouri

    We're heading there in July. Occidental is on my must get to list.
  15. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Pooh-Bah (2,611) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan
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    That is way up by the St Johns bridge. We might not have a car the days we are in Portland, using public transportation there, will get a car the day we go out to Bend.
  16. spartan1979

    spartan1979 Pundit (946) Dec 29, 2005 Missouri

    We're going to rent bikes for our time there.
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  17. TheeWalrusHunter

    TheeWalrusHunter Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2013 Oregon

    I cannot say enough good things about Occidental. Go there.
  18. Phobicsquirrel

    Phobicsquirrel Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2013 Oregon

    Make this a sticky! Well put together digita7693
  19. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Pooh-Bah (2,611) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan
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    Maybe I should investigate bus routes?
  20. TheeWalrusHunter

    TheeWalrusHunter Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2013 Oregon

    It really depends on what you are looking for. Occidental is a no frills brewery that serves up some incredible German beers. St Johns is also a cool pocket of Portland, IMO. Cacthedral Park that Occidental butts up against is pretty cool to tool around.

    If you want to hit the heavy hitters, drink some strong, funky, and hoppy beers - it might be better spending your time elsewhere.
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