A Taste of Portland's Microbrew Scene
Local BreweriesWhether you’re thirsty for a pale ale or an over-the-top stout, Portland breweries will tap it. Bountiful throughout the city, it is close to impossible to pick favorites. But if we had to—here are some of our top picks ranging from traditional to avant-garde. Bailey’s Taproom 213 Southwest Broadway 503/295–1004 www.baileystaproom.com In downtown Portland, this shrine to artisan beer features 20 constantly rotating taps of hard-to-find craft ales and lagers, spotlighting Oregon breweries. The beers change so frequently that the Tap Room sends out Twitter and blog posts for devotees to follow. BridgePort Brewpub + Bakery 1313 NW Marshall St. 503/241–3612 www.bridgeportbrew.com Visit the oldest microbrewery in Portland, a beautiful brick-and-ivy building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Their heritage beer, Blue Heron, was first brewed in 1987 and honors Portland’s official city bird. Brewery tours are free and take place on Saturday at 1, 3, and 5 PM. See Fodor's Restaurant Review. Widmer Brothers Brewing Company 929 N. Russell St. 503/281–2437 www.widmer.com Founded in 1984, this is Oregon’s largest brewery, and their Hefeweizen is still the top-selling craft beer in the state. Brewery tours take place on Friday at 3 PM and Saturday at 11 AM and noon. See Fodor's Restaurant Review. Hopworks Urban Brewery 2944 SE Powell Blvd. 503/232–4677 www.hopworksbeer.com In addition to brewing only organic beer, "HUB" is powered with 100% renewable energy. Pint picks include the Organic Survival "Seven-Grain" Stout, finished with the iconic Stumptown Hairbender espresso and their namesake Organic Hopworks IPA, a Northwest classic. Brewery tours, which cost $5, take place on Saturday at 11 AM and 3 PM. Hair of the Dog Brewing Co. 61 SE Yamhill St. 503/232–6585 www.hairofthedog.com Beer geeks must visit, known for unusual and bottle-conditioned beers that improve with age, similar to wine. This brewery can accommodate tours, but only with advance scheduling. Tasting fees apply and vary. Upright Brewing Co. 240 N. Broadway, Suite 2 503/735–5337 www.uprightbrewing.com Another cult favorite, Upright specializes in farmhouse-inspired beers with a Pacific Northwest twist. Call for brewery tour info and tasting fees.
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