If you’re visiting Portland, Oregon, I think it’s a must to visit at least one of the breweries on this list. After all, Portland has the most microbreweries and is pretty famous for it (along with being the bike capital of North America!). I’m not a ~Cicerone~ (fancy term for a beer connoisseur), but when I was doing my research into what breweries to go to, which ones are the most popular/highly rated, these came up in all my searches, and lived up to my expectations. My preferred beer style is a West Coast IPA or a Saison, but I’d much rather the latter. I’m not a fan of very hoppy beers; West Cost IPA’s have a hoppy after-taste but while I’m drinking, it’s very light and subtle. Saison is not hoppy at all; it’s light, a great summer beer in my opinion, and can be fruity (hot tip: Santa Monica Brew Works in Los Angeles has an amazing Saison). I don’t have a favorite brewery; they’re all great in my eyes and different. I’d come back to each of them in due time.
Not going to go into too many details at these breweries because they offer all different kinds of beers, and everyone’s tastes are different. I’ll say what beer I got and what I thought (if you have Untappd on your phone, I posted more reviews there). I really hope you enjoy and find these helpful. Let me know what you think, if you ended up going to these places, and most importantly, if you have breweries that I missed!
This was a hoppy boy! And a fruity one, so it balanced out. Not an easy sipper personally, but if you’re into American IPA’s, then you should definitely try it.
I really liked this. Another American IPA, but a better/faster sipper than the one above. I really liked the vibes here with the long benches outside. And the inside set-up! Perfect.
Okay, apologies here but I forgot which beer on tap I got from this place. BUT! even though I don’t have the name, it was still a great beer. It was most likely an IPA of some sort honestly. The guy at the bar was also really nice when I was debating what beer to get; he let me sample a few beers to see which one I liked. And he showed me a glass of what the hops looked like; that was pretty cool. There’s also a pizza place in the brewery! I didn’t get to eat it because this was merely a pre-dinner drink, but I kind of regret it because it was like Neapolitan-style, bubbly crust pizza. Come here for the beer and the pizza!
Really sorry to disappoint you, but I didn’t write down what beer I got here. But what I can tell you is that it is either the Starburst IPA or the Vega IPA. Either way, you should come here. I remember they have so many different options/styles of beer. It’s perfect for your friends who don’t really love beer, but love something fruity (lots of sours). The food in the next photo is also pretty good! We got four different cheeses with toasted bread and some apricot jam. The ordering experience was much different; we sat a table and did it all through our phones; then someone just brought out the beer and food. All contactless for the most part. Also, the above photo of the beer is the smallest size because at this point of the trip, we had a lot of alcohol and didn’t want to fill ourselves up for dinner. It’s around 2-2.5 ounces I believe.