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Visiting Portland

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by guajolote, Jan 14, 2013.

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  1. guajolote

    guajolote Sep 12, 2008 Oregon

    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

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

    Highly Recommended Beer Bars / Bottle Shops
    Bailey's Taproom
    The Beermongers
    Belmont Station
    Bridgetown Beerhouse
    The Green Dragon
    The Hop & Vine
    Horse Brass Pub
    John's Marketplace

    *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!
  2. digita7693

    digita7693 Jan 19, 2010 Germany
    Beer Trader

    As an FYI, my map also has cafes/coffee roasters, restaurants, some other things to do and a few hotels that I like.

    cheers:) and thanks for putting this together!
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  3. guajolote

    guajolote Sep 12, 2008 Oregon

    Figured I'd bump this and also add some suggested pub crawl maps. All pretty easy walks with lots of food & other options along the way.

    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)
  4. John_M

    John_M Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
    Moderator Beer Trader

    This is a great resource, but I'm not sure how much value it has. Unfortunately, as I've noticed just over the past couple weeks... many BA's visiting PDX for the first time post an information request without first bothering to run a topic search in this forum. It's a shame, as the information listed on here is really good stuff.
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  5. doopiedoopiedoo

    doopiedoopiedoo Oct 2, 2010 Netherlands

    I'm counting on a personal tour in case I make it there this summer.
  6. digita7693

    digita7693 Jan 19, 2010 Germany
    Beer Trader

    Anything for you Erik!
  7. guajolote

    guajolote Sep 12, 2008 Oregon

    Yeah, I agree. People will keep posting their inquiries. At the very least this'll be an easy, one-line answer to post in those threads.
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  8. kscaldef

    kscaldef Jun 11, 2010 Oregon
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    We can just link them to this. And someday the Bros will relent and make it sticky.

    (And, cripes, it's not even that people don't run a topic search; they don't even scan the post that are already on the front page of the forum.)
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  9. KiMiRaiK

    KiMiRaiK Dec 24, 2012 Washington

    Damn... this is a bad ass thread. I'm gonna have to map out a beer quest to Portland.
  10. beeraroundtown

    beeraroundtown Oct 11, 2008 Oregon

    Other things that might help might be recommending the Trimet website for public transportation. They have a free iphone app as well. Also, suggesting people get a $5 all day pass.
  11. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    I completely understand regarding the disclaimer. We up here in Seattle get this same request regularly.

    With that said, I think there should be another category for restaurants with great tap and bottle lists --- with Higgins Restaurant right at the top.
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  12. digita7693

    digita7693 Jan 19, 2010 Germany
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    The trimet app isn't that good actually, I highly recommend pdxbus, which is also a free app.
    Gives maps, has a great trip planner w several parameters, I use it all the time.
  13. RedMedicine

    RedMedicine Jun 3, 2005 Oregon

    What is the rationale for not making it a sticky??
  14. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Aug 17, 2005 Oregon
    Beer Trader

    Here's Todd's response from when I started a thread on this topic almost a year ago:

  15. WhiteJordan

    WhiteJordan Sep 6, 2012 Washington
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  16. digita7693

    digita7693 Jan 19, 2010 Germany
    Beer Trader

    Maybe every other month one of us consolidates all the info into a new thread w same title and update date. Would keep the topic on front page and get rid of some of the non-informative replies.
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  17. Spaceloaf

    Spaceloaf Nov 27, 2008 Oregon

    Wow, that response is completely delusional.

    1) A year later, the city pages are still useless
    2) All of the questions about criteria, updating, etc. apply equally to the city pages (and the lack of clear answers there is part of the reason the city pages are so poor).
    3) Even if people don't read the stickies, it's easy to point/link to it when it's always on the front page.
    4) The community is asking for it, so obviously the majority of people think it's necessary.
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  18. xnicknj

    xnicknj May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    This thread is awesome. I just booked my trip to PDX this weekend so I've been researching for weeks and there's a bunch of spots on here I haven't discovered yet.

    We have this same issue in the Mid-Atlantic forum with Philly threads...everyone keeps asking for a sticky there as well but instead we have 3 new threads a week with the same questions and answers.
  19. Whatsarezaf

    Whatsarezaf Feb 22, 2012 California

    Thanks for this wonderful Thread, especially the Map that Digita7693 has available.

    The only thing that I haven't found is what places are good for growler fills. Can you link a resource for that as well?

  20. digita7693

    digita7693 Jan 19, 2010 Germany
    Beer Trader

    For Growlers: Baileys, Beermongers, Hop & Vine, Blitz, Belmont Station, and all breweries.
    possibly Saraveza and Bridgetown, but I forget, so won't say 100%.

  21. kscaldef

    kscaldef Jun 11, 2010 Oregon
    Beer Trader

    I'll probably miss a few, but you can get growler fills of most beers on tap at Beermongers, Bailey's, the Hophouses, Roscoe's, and Belmont Station.
  22. mtbeer3649

    mtbeer3649 Feb 10, 2008 Washington

    northwest liquid gold is pretty solid place to get growler fills, though not strictly in portland
  23. digita7693

    digita7693 Jan 19, 2010 Germany
    Beer Trader

    Vantucky is not Portland;)
  24. mtbeer3649

    mtbeer3649 Feb 10, 2008 Washington

    lol certainly not but its still only ten minutes from the airport
  25. Whatsarezaf

    Whatsarezaf Feb 22, 2012 California

    Thank You all! I'm glad that I don't have to deal with Stupid CA growler laws up here!
  26. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Aug 17, 2005 Oregon
    Beer Trader

    If you're flying here keep in mind that the Laurelwood and Rogue outposts at PDX also fill growlers, and since they're past security you can carry them onto the plane with you. There's also a Made in Oregon store past the gates with a decent selection of stuff like Logsdons, Hair of the Dog, and other Oregon beers.

    Just thought I'd throw that out there as something to keep in mind if your checked luggage is full and you're itching for a few more things at the last minute.
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  27. xnicknj

    xnicknj May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Any thoughts on visiting Block 15 from Portland?

    We'll probably be renting a car to visit some other places and I was considering making the trek down there to check it out, but wasn't sure if it would be worth it or not. I gather some of their beers are available in the city, but I'm not really clear on availability, etc.
  28. oregonhophouse

    oregonhophouse Feb 27, 2012

    We'd love to see you at either Hophouse, and FYI, on Mondays we have half-price flights, which means you can taste 24 beers for $12, both locations. That way you can make an informed decision. Obviously, I'm biased, but I'd rather try about twenty things before I fill up a growler, especially if it's something new, and at the Hophouse, it almost always is!
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  29. beefandbean22

    beefandbean22 Oct 15, 2008 Washington
    Beer Trader

    I would say it's definitely a great idea to go down and visit Block 15, especially since it's their Bourbon Month right now. I'm sure there is great stuff on tap still.
  30. Scalene

    Scalene Jul 21, 2005 California

    I know Oregon's more flexible on growlers than CA. Can I just bring any old 64 oz. growler I own into these places?
  31. kscaldef

    kscaldef Jun 11, 2010 Oregon
    Beer Trader

    Generally yes, although a couple people have opinions about various growler designs. (Interesting, they don't seem to agree about which ones are harder to fill.)
  32. RedMedicine

    RedMedicine Jun 3, 2005 Oregon

    I've been told by one brewery "we'll fill a gas can if you want us to". Most places will also fill mason jars. I don't see why anyone would do this over just using a growler but to each their own.
  33. BK1017

    BK1017 Nov 9, 2009 Texas

    Badass thread NW crew. Visiting from Austin in a few months and will be dragging the fiancee to many of the aforementioned beer joints. Thanks! - BK
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