Perhaps you have been given the impression, per some snide cultural observer, that many Portlanders spend the majority of their days lounging around their dilapidated prayer flag-strung apartments knitting hemp beer koozies and brewing IPA in their grubby bathtubs, and that’s just not true—sometimes they leave their homes and drink communally at one of our fine local breweries. Here are a few of my favorites.
I'm not sure what this says about my past life identities, but I have a real affinity for secretish spots located down dark alleys, and this downtown brewery fits the bill. Love the casual nautical-themed space, the robust British-style ales, and the late hours.
Just try to walk through the plumes of grill smoke wafting from this convivial N. Mississippi brewery's busy patio without being lured into a brat 'n beer break.
Super spot to spend a mellow afternoon accompanied by a few pints and a meatball sandwich (there are plenty of vegetarian offerings too). It also leaves you with no excuse for the Monday blues--pints are $3 all day. Excellent patio that's dog-friendly.
Love this laid back Woodlawn brewhouse, especially in summer when you can sit outside and watch the Dekum Street goings-ons. Try the French Fennel Farmhouse saison, a collaboration with Le Pigeon chef Gabriel Rucker.
Tucked down a quiet SE side street just off delicious 28th Avenue, this little 10-barrel brewpub features house ales as well as those made by selected home brewers, per their uniquely collaborative Coalator Program.
Ever since traveling to Belgium and engaging in more Kriek Crawls than I care to count, I've been in love with fruit beers, so this Buckman pub is one of my favorites in town. Go on "Tap It Tuesday", when new barrels are tapped and tasted at 6pm.
This inner Southeast brewery's neat little 8-tap tasting room is only open on weekends, so mosey on over some Saturday afternoon for a pint of Flemish Kiss or Urban Farmhouse Ale.
It really doesn't get any cooler than this basement brewery & tasting room tucked down deep in the inner NE's Leftbank building. Try the legendary Oyster Stout, made with Washington State Hama Hamas. PSS: Cash-only, weekends-only (and Blazer home game days).
Hidden deep in the inner SE industrial district, this fun spot serves strong, beautifully-crafted beers with straightforward names (I'm fond of Fred, myself). Beware the cumulative effect of the beguiling 3-oz tasters...
If you're like me, you don't get over to St. Johns' beautiful Cathedral Park nearly enough, so here's an excuse--this nearby brewery, where, as they put it, you can get "pints poured, growlers filled, kegs sold." Perfect. They've got a great lineup of German-inspired beers...I like the Dunkelweizen, partly just because it's fun to say.
Be they staff or guzzler, everyone seems to be having a good time at this outdoorsy-themed new Buckman brewery's taproom, open daily ('til midnight on weekends). If you're a sucker for a bit of word play with your cold one, try the tasty In-Tents India Pale Lager.