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Posted: June 15th, 2019, 10:35 am
by jhiker001
Each year after our backpacking trip in various locations across the western US, my father and I like to hit the local breweries. I've been told by some of my buddies that Oregon has some pretty darn good beer. So I wanted to ask you locals, where do you recommend? We plan to be in the Portland area for a couple days after our hike next month. We really like IPAs but we're willing to try just about anything. Any suggestions?

Re: Breweries

Posted: June 17th, 2019, 9:32 pm
by Water
pfriem (hood river)

solera (parkdale)

de garde (tillamook)

fort george, reach break (astoria)

barley browns (baker city)

crux, boneyard, ale apothecary (bend)

claim 52 (eugene)

...there's tons more of course, but those are very good breweries. Sometimes places like terminal gravity in enterprise are not really that great of beer (maybe better than a number of places elsewhere but not top tier in oregon), but the location and ambiance more than compensates for it to make it a 'great' experience.

just my 2c. not authoritative.

Re: Breweries

Posted: June 17th, 2019, 9:37 pm
by Water
Portland area:
  • great notion (for whimsical flavors and hazy ipa, excellent food)
  • wayfinder (for more traditional german styles, also pretty above average food)
  • hair of the dog (largely heavy beers, long time portland fixture, unique pub food)
  • modern times (progressive IPAs, stouts, and other offerings. excellent vegan food)
  • upright (unsung gem in a basement location)
  • breakside (3 locations, 2 have excellent food, pretty diverse range of beers from multiple IPAs to traditional styles, experimental too)
  • little beast (nice patio, haven't had food, farmhouse style)
  • ruse (excellent IPAs [hazy and west coast], good lagers and pilsners, at least 1 stout usually, always happening, no food, but often a cart/foodtruck)
stickmen, ancestry, double mountain ...portland brewing.

range from bad to forgettable/just not worth your time when visiting portland when you have lots of choices and limited time. my opinion

Re: Breweries

Posted: June 22nd, 2019, 4:33 pm
by Metacomet
The Labrewtory in Portland is where I go when I want to be adventurous. The brewery acts as a showroom for a brewing equiptment co., where most of their revenue comes from, and the taproom is an add-on business where the brewers have the liberty to go crazy with experimental beers.

If you end up near Eugene, the Brewer's Union Local 180 rests at the Cascade foothills near oakridge and does cask aged, British ale-style brewing. They also have great food and lots of live music comes through there.