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Portland's Sensational Beverages: Beer, Wine, and Spirits

Photo by Jolby & Friends, courtesy Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Portland is a town that likes to eat, so it stands to reason, we’d be a town that likes to drink as well – and not just anything. If Portlanders are going to go to all the trouble of getting the perfect ingredients for a meal, they’re certainly not going to sully it with a drink that’s less than complimentary and more preferably, we’d like one sensational all on its own.

Portland is well-known for its long and passionate beer history, its wildly successful Pinot noir and the indomitable spirit of our local wine industry (and they thought Oregon couldn’t grow grapes!), a city full of the finest mixologists in the country, and a burgeoning distilled spirits movement that is poised to follow in the rich tradition of Portland’s wineries and microbrewers. The things that bind them – a rebellious tenacity and a dream to create something from nothing, no matter the odds, and a taste for the good things in life and the desire to share those things with our community. Come – take a sip!

Portland Area Breweries & Brewpubs

Anthony Bourdain says, “The Pacific Northwest is about obsession.” When it comes to beer at least, here in Beervana, Bourdain may just be right. Beer came to the Northwest in 1852, quenching the unquenchable thirsts of hard working loggers, fisherman, trappers, farmers and miners. It’s said that one of Portland’s brewing forefathers, Henry Weinhard, offered to connect his largest lager tank to Portland’s newly unveiled, Skidmore Fountain in 1888 and pump this quaffable elixir out for free at its dedication, as an offering to the working man. 

Named 2015’s Best Beer City in the World by the Beer Connoisseur magazine, Portland is renowned for its allegiance to the hoppy brew, with 61 active breweries within city limits and 91 within the Greater Portland metro area – that’s more than any other city in the world! Like everything else Portlanders do, it’s focused on the best ingredients (clean high quality Bull Run water and a climate conducive to hops and barley production) and in the most interesting combinations, pushing the limits to get the very best flavor profile.

10 Barrel Brewing
1411 NW Flanders Street
Portland, OR 97209

This Bend-based brewery opened its first Portland location in the Pearl District in March 2015. Enjoy elevated pub fare in the industrial-chic environment or on the rooftop deck. In addition to 10 Barrel’s most popular beers, the Portland pub offers seasonal and limited release brews only available at this location to round out its 20 taps.

Amnesia Brewing
1834 Main Street
Washougal, WA 98671

Originally located in North Portland, Amnesia Brewing quickly outgrew its spot on North Mississippi. After putting that area of Portland on the map, Amnesia moved to Washougal, Washington. Having recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary, Amnesia has developed a fan base with its Damnesia IPA, a true, bold, hoppy Northwest IPA. The brewpub serves a range of food from starters to desserts including smoked hot wings, beer cheese soup (of course!), beef brisket sandwiches, spare ribs, and a to-die-for warm black forest fudge brownie. But oh, the beer…

Baerlic Brewing
2235 SE 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214

Literally translating to ‘of barley’ in Old English, bærlic goes by the mantra “the beer here is near and dear,” meaning the two former homebrewers heading the operation strive to work in as local a proximity as possible for all ingredients, materials, vendors, supplies and suppliers. The Baerlic Brewery and tasting room in Southeast Portland serves 10 beers on tap for tasting, pints and growler fills Tuesdays through Sundays, and brewery tours are available on Saturdays.

Barrel Mountain Brewing
607 E Main Street
Battle Ground, WA 98604

Just north of Vancouver, Washington in rapidly-growing Battle Ground is a welcoming local brewery founded by one of its lifelong residents. Its craft beers are made in the 15-barrel system brew house, creating Barrel Mountain’s pale, amber, hefeweizen and IPA offerings. The restaurant portion of the brewery offers high quality, beautifully-presented food in a relaxed family atmosphere. Kids are welcome all day, every day, and leashed dogs are welcome on the patio.

Base Camp Brewing Co.
930 SE Oak Street
Portland, OR 97214

From its Portland, Oregon brewhouse and taproom, Base Camp Brewing Co. offers craft brews with an eye toward innovation and creativity as well as consistency and balance, making for awesome brewskies that are at once approachable for any beer drinker and satisfying for the most adventure-minded palate. Open seven days a week, Base Camp’s taproom and dog-friendly patio is the perfect spot to enjoy a good beer.

Breakside Brewery
820 NE Dekum Street
Portland, OR 97211

With its  Northeast Portland Restaurant & Brew Pub, and its Taproom & Brewery in Milwaukie, Oregon, Breakside offers year-round and seasonal beers like the Dry Stout, Aztec Ale, Kolsch and more. The locally sourced menu features fresh, often organic ingredients, pub fare favorites, and plenty of sandwich options. Breakside was named Brewery of the Year at the Oregon Beer Awards in 2015, among countless other awards including Gold Medal for American Style IPA at the Great American Beer Festival in 2014 for its Breakside IPA.

BridgePort Brewing Co.
1313 NW Marshall Street
Portland, OR 97209

Established in 1984, BridgePort Brewing is Portland’s oldest craft brewery and is located in a century-old brick and timber building. Today, it is one of the top specialty brewers in the state, producing more than 100,000 barrels per year and distributing to 18 states. The brewpub features brewery-fresh ales, a mezzanine bar and cocktail lounge, outdoor seating, two private event rooms and free brewery tours.

Burnside Brewing
701 E Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97214

Burnside Brewing Co. opened its doors in 2010, focusing on easy-to-drink beers that accompany and enhance the culinary experience. Burnside Brewing balances tradition (Oatmeal Pale) with food-inspired innovation (Sweet Heat, an apricot wheat beer dry hopped with scotch bonnet peppers and reminiscent of Caribbean chutney). Burnside has also extended this alchemist approach to their food, using indigenous and handcrafted ingredients for dishes that complement their beers perfectly.

Coalition Brewing
2705 SE Ankeny Street
Portland, OR 97214

Coalition Brewing is a10-barrel brewery and tasting room.  Its hand crafted ales reflect traditional brewing techniques and Northwest innovation. In addition to its house ales, Coalition regularly features new beers through its Coalator Program, in which home brewers are selected from the community to brew their own unique creations. A specialty tap at the pub is reserved to showcase each Coalator. The tasting room, open to the public every weekend, features Coalition favorites alongside unique one-off beers, and offers patrons a first-hand look at the production facility.

The Commons Brewery
630 SE Belmont Street
Portland, OR 97214

The Commons Brewery is a small craft brewery in Southeast Portland inspired by European brewing tradition and Northwest-grown ingredients. The Commons takes a very hands-on approach to brewing their small-batch beers in a 15 bbl system. The tasting room features 12 taps and a Cheese Annex window, serving a curated selection of cheeses.

Deschutes Brewery & Public House
210 NW 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209

Deschutes Brewery’s Portland Public House has become a destination for great beer, delicious food and a relaxed urban atmosphere since it opened in the Pearl District in 2008. The pub’s distinct Northwest style brings a taste of Central Oregon to the heart of Portland, and its 18 taps feature Deschutes Brewery staples and seasonal favorites, as well as a selection of experimental beers developed and brewed on-site.

Dirty Hands Brewing Company
114 E Evergreen Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98660

Two chemists from the Midwest jumped into the local brewing scene in the summer of 2013, with a brewery in downtown Vancouver’s historic Columbian newspaper building. The ales are brewed in a post-prohibition style. Taps rotate seasonally, and patrons can enjoy its pub fare such as the barbecue meatloaf sandwich.

Ecliptic Brewing
825 N Cook Street
Portland, OR 97227

Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon craft brewing icon. He began at McMenamins breweries before moving to Deschutes, where he created the recipes for Mirror Pond, Black Butte Porter, Jubelale and Obsidian Stout, and Full Sail, in charge of creating the Brewmaster Reserve beers. Ecliptic unites John’s passions for brewing and astronomy, with a seasonal menu rotating every six weeks (on the Old World calendar). Ecliptic seeks to push the limits of creativity in the brewhouse, and create a sense of place in both its restaurant and its beer.

Fortside Brewing Company
2200 NE Andresen, Suite B
Vancouver, WA 98661

Fortside Brewing Company prides itself on the heritage that exists in SW Washington, on the “Fortside” of the Columbia River, paying homage to historic Fort Vancouver. Its tasting room pours a variety of flavorful and aromatic house brews made with local ingredients, like its Kanaka Saison and Couve A’licious Brown Ale, as well as its own Fortside Rootbeer.

Full Sail Brewing Riverplace Brewery
307 SW Montgomery Street
Portland, OR 97201

Full Sail Brewing, based in Hood River in the Gorge, has a small satellite brewing operation at the Riverplace Marina, and you can watch it in action through the wall of glass at McCormick & Schmicks’s Harborside Restaurant, though brewery tours are not available. This pint-sized brewhouse serves as the company’s research and development center and is where the small batch Brewmaster Reserve and Brewer’s Share beers are concocted.

Ground Breaker Brewing
715 SE Lincoln Street
Portland, OR 97214

Ground Breaker Brewing is a dedicated gluten-free (GF) brewery, and the Southeast Portland production facility where each beer is brewed, bottled and distributed doesn’t allow gluten-containing items through the door. All ingredients are sourced as locally as possible, and all the beers are vegan and don’t use corn-derived sugars or coloring agents. The adjoining gastropub serves an entirely GF menu.