Visiting Portland (Summer 2013 update)

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  1. digita7693

    digita7693 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2010 Germany

    Updated to add some places and transit info.

    Original thread
    Update v.1
    Update v.2

    Surely many of us agree that this forum could use an easily seachable/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
    Deschutes Portland Pub
    Hair of the Dog
    Upright Brewing
    The Commons Brewery

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

    Highly Recommended Beer Bars / Bottle Shops
    APEX (Taproom, Bottles-to-go)
    Bailey's Taproom (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)
    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)
    (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.

    Cheese Bar
    Grain & Gristle
    Higgins Restaurant
    Bazi Bierbrasserie

    PDX Eater (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 an 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)
    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!
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  2. deGardebrewing

    deGardebrewing Initiate (0) May 3, 2013 Oregon

    I'd add awesome wine selection to Hop & Vine. Killer beer for both retail and on premise, but damn, they've got that old world vino that calls to me. Same thing for 1856. Strong recommendation for beer and the above. Recognize this is a beer site, but there's a little something extra at those joints for those interested in looking while having a pint.
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  3. John_M

    John_M Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,275) Oct 25, 2003 Washington
    Super Mod Pooh-Bah Society Trader

    My GF is not big on beer, but she likes good wine very much (as do I, actually). So I'm always on the look out for any place that serves a good selection of both.

    We actually have a very good wine market/wine bar here in Eugene (Broadway Wine Merchants), and in a move that I think has become increasingly common, they now have 3 craft options on tap as well, which usually includes Boneyard RPM. It's one of those things that I always like to see, as I think there's a place for both (good beer AND good wine).
  4. digita7693

    digita7693 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2010 Germany

    btw I failed in giving the majority of credit for the start of this to guajolote, huge thanks to him!!!

  5. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Initiate (0) Aug 17, 2005 Oregon

    Upcoming festivals:
    • North American Organic Beer Fest - 6/28 - 6/30 at overlook park -
    • Puckerfest - 7/12-7/18 at Belmont Station -
    • Portland International Beer Fest - 7/19-7/21 at north park blocks
    • Oregon Brewers Festival - 7/24-7/28 at waterfront park -
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  6. msubulldog25

    msubulldog25 Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2005 Oregon

    Actually NAOBF expanded to 4 days this year :slight_smile: 6/27 - 6/30
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  7. digita7693

    digita7693 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2010 Germany

  8. burgundysmoke

    burgundysmoke Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 California

    awesome thread...been wanting to plan a beercation to portland and was thinking 3 days beginning of aug. After seeing all this, thinking I need to do more like 7 days (get some hiking/fishing in too) and possibly catch the end of the brewers fest (less likely, so much beer to taste up there already). thanks for the info!
  9. dgrone78

    dgrone78 Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2013 Missouri

    I too am planning a beer-cation for mid-late July & Portland is definitely on my bucket list. For folks who have travelled there before, is there a particular area and/or hotels you would recommend that is close to the bulk of the microbrewery action?
  10. NWer

    NWer Pooh-Bah (2,133) Mar 10, 2009 Washington
    Pooh-Bah Society

    If by late July you mean the last week consider
    I'll be pouring but I don't know what yet.
    I stay at the downtown Marriott because of my status with them but lots of good places to choose from. Easy walk from there (downtown) to Beermongers/APEX, Upright, HotD
  11. kscaldef

    kscaldef Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2010 Oregon

    Hotels are mostly concentrated in Downtown and Lloyd Center, either of which are fairly convenient for the beer scene. Depending on how long you're here, you might also be able to find a vacation rental in close SE that would put you close to everything.
  12. dgrone78

    dgrone78 Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2013 Missouri

    Thanks a million for the tips! So, it sounds like geographically, "Southeast Portland" is the best area for staying close to everything? And, yes, I am hoping to make the week of the Oregon Brewer's Festival work. Looks like hotels are in shorter& shorter supply for that week, so I better get on it STAT! :slight_smile:
  13. Hermit_King

    Hermit_King Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2013 Illinois

    Cheers for making this and updating it! I'll be heading out Portland way in 2 weeks and wanted to see if there was this type of thread up. I didn't want to be the n00b that started a "Where to go" thread when this list is already compiled. Super excited for this!
  14. CurtisMcArthur

    CurtisMcArthur Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2009 Tennessee
    In Memoriam

    Just got to PDX yesterday. Had a truly EPIC day at Cascade for Tap it Tuesday. Ron took us in the back and we did some blending from the barrels, popped some bottles, and even drank some of the beer off his new foudre. Visited Beermongers, John's, and Belmont Station as well. Amazing first day.

    Heading over to HotD today to meet with Alan and check out their bottling line. Also meeting some folks at Breakside later this evening.

    This week is going to go by sooooooo fast. Great list of breweries and bottle shops, I just hope I have time to make it to all of them!

    If anyone wants to meet up for a beer at some point don't hesitate to BM me!

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  15. BKnarr

    BKnarr Pundit (870) Sep 5, 2012 Florida

    Spent the last two days in Portland and visited Cascade, HotD, Lucky Lab, Base Camp, Belmont Station, Apex, Gigantic, and lots of other places I can't remember...and I still have a full day to go here. I just want to give a proverbial " shout out" to the servers/bartenders/beer sales folk/beer patrons I have encountered. Everyone has been super nice, helpful, and most of all...welcoming. A serious change from Florida. Thank you Portlanders for being true BA's!
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  16. digita7693

    digita7693 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2010 Germany

    Great to hear! Obviously you didn't meet Nikki:slight_smile:

    If you haven't I'd highly recommend hitting upright and the commons, and if you get further out go to roscoes.

  17. pudgym29

    pudgym29 Zealot (598) Mar 14, 2009 Illinois

    Get as cheap a room as you can. I'm at a Travelodge on NE 82nd near Sandy Blvd. There is a street-sweeper route #12 bus @1:30 am from downtown to the northeast side which can bail out your butt [it did mine] if you stay too long at a craftbeer bar in central city.:grinning:
  18. digita7693

    digita7693 Initiate (0) Jan 19, 2010 Germany

    Guess this thing needs a bump:slight_smile:

    Brews GA tix on sale now:
  19. mike_v_sardina

    mike_v_sardina Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2012 Vermont

    This is great information - thanks! I will be visiting PDX for my first time ever this weekend, and I am really looking forward to visiting many of these locations...

  20. leedorham

    leedorham Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    Just a heads up - This is the warm time of year and many of these places don't have air conditioning, so plan accordingly.

    Not sure what Portland has against AC.
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