The Best Beer in Portland

by Kim on February 8, 2011 · 15 comments

Brewpubs in Portland

Portland is known as the microbrew capitol of the United States and there’s no question why.  New brewpubs pop up here like pimples on teenagers flowers in the spring and Portland beer is some of the best in the world (says me).

Here’s a list of some of the best Portland breweries.  It isn’t a comprehensive list so if you’ve got a favorite that isn’t included, let me know and I’ll add it. 

I’m doing you a favor and organizing these by city quadrant (N, NE, SE, and downtown).  Cozy up to public transportation and take yourself on a little microbrew pub crawl. 

I’m marking my personal favorite brewpubs very obnoxiously *LIKE THIS* so if  you’ve got a limited amount of time and a problem making decisions you can take a chance and follow my recommendations.

Happy drinking!

Downtown Portland brewpubs

Bridgeport -1313 NW Marshall

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Deschutes Brewery- 210 NW 11th Avenue

*Favorite*

If you like IPA’s make sure to get the Hop Henge.  Hungry?  I’m a vegetarian, but I have a friend that swears by the Elk Burger.

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Rogue Brewery -1339 NW Flanders

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Southeast Portland brewpubs

Hair of the Dog -61 SE Yamhill

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Coalition Brewing- 2724 SE Ankeny

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Hopworks Urban Brewery- 2944 SE Powell

*Favorite*

Maybe I’m just a sucker for bicycles, organic beer and a pint ‘o pretzels.  If you visit in the summer make sure to get a seat on the back patio.  The hours will just slip away.

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Cascade Brewing- 939 SE Belmont

Sour beer, you gotta try it.

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Green Dragon -928 SE 9th Avenue

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Lucky Lab (multiple locations)- 915 SE Hawthorne

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North Portland brewpubs

Widmer- 929 N. Russell

*Favorite*

I’m not just including Widmer because they sponsor my soccer team!  The Widmer Gasthaus has a great, cozy vibe and beer on tap that you can’t buy in any store.  My favorite Widmer beer is the Deadlift IPA but Brian loves the X-114 IPA. 

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Upright Brewing (tasting room only)-240 N. Broadway (in the Leftbank Building)

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Amnesia (the don’t have a website??!?!  It doesn’t matter, they still rock)- 832 N. Beech St.

*Favorite*

Amnesia is located in a great neighborhood.  Roam the streets on Mississippi Avenue and then settle onto a picnic bench on Amnesia’s outdoor patio.  There is no better happy hour location than Amnesia. 

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Northeast Portland brewpubs

McMenamins- 5736 NE 33rd Ave

Locations all over Portland (and beyond), but I like the Kennedy School best.

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Alameda- 4765 NE Fremont St.

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Migration Brewing Co.- 2828 NE Glisan

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Mash Tun- 2204 NE Alberta St.

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The best selection of Oregon beers in Portland:

Belmont Station- 4500 SE Stark

Buy beer to go.

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Saraveza- 1004 N. Killingsworth

Imbibe there or carry-out.

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Hawthorne Hophouse- 4111 SE Hawthorne

A bar with a great selection of Northwest beers.

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Gillian @OneGiantStep February 8, 2011 at 6:27 pm

OMG how could I not have visited Portland already! I best extend my stay for WDS in June…you’re gonna have to show me around!! Cheers!

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Kim February 8, 2011 at 9:06 pm

You better believe I will! So many great places to eat and drink in Portland!!

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Amy February 9, 2011 at 7:04 am

Mmmmmm, beer. How I miss good, microbrewed beer. Must make it to Portland!

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Kim February 9, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Yes, Amy, you must!! The beer AND the food are both wonderful.

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Jessy Broyles February 9, 2011 at 7:24 am

I’m sorry but Asheville won Beer City, USA. Portland followed close behind, but lost in the end.

http://www.examiner.com/beer-in-national/asheville-nc-continues-its-reign-as-top-beercity-usa-2010

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Kim February 9, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Sorry Jessy, Portland is still better! But you can have the east coast and we’ll take the west coast.

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Brian February 9, 2011 at 7:48 pm

What?!?! Ashville wins with 9 or 10 breweries? Portland has 46 and the highest brewery per capita ratio in the country!

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Brian February 9, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Don’t forget John’s Market in Multnomah village! Best beer selection EVER!! It’s like you died and went to Beervana – oh wait, that’s Portland!

http://www.opb.org/programs/oregonexperiencearchive/beervana/

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Dina February 14, 2011 at 1:17 am

We went to 2-3 of the McMenamins, they are delicious indeed. We got the sampler to check out various beers they had.

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Kim February 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Ohhh, the sampler. Absolutely the best route to go when trying a new brew pub!

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Joshywashington February 28, 2011 at 3:31 am

Damn ninja. You got my mouth watering for some suds and I haven’t even had my coffee yet. Tell you what, you come to Seattle and I will get the first pitcher at my favorite brewery!

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Kim February 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Before breakfast? Just go for a coffee porter. What IS your favorite Seattle brewery?

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