Beer

Edgar Allan Poe, like so many prolific writers, favored a brew now and then and again, and expressed his affection in prose which I could hardly match in eloquence. So here are his sentiments:

Fill with mingled cream and amber,
    I will drain that glass again.
Such hilarious visions clamber
    Through the chamber of my brain —
Quaintest thoughts — queerest fancies
    Come to life and fade away;
What care I how time advances?
    I am drinking ale today.

If you would like to drink fine local ales brewed right on the premises while tackling a plate of fine pub grub, try one of our excellent local brewpubs. If you would like to drink fine ales from lots of different places with your pub grub, check out one of Portland’s beloved alehouses. Edgar and I are with you in spirit.

Brewpubs

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Alameda Brewing Company

A true neighborhood gathering spot, this popular family-friendly brewpub lures the Cully masses with house ales, hand-pressed burgers and a generous twice-daily happy hour loaded with hearty $5 pub grub eats.

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Base Camp Brewing Company

Be they staff or guzzler, everyone seems to be having a good time at this outdoorsy-themed Buckman brewery’s taproom. If you’re a sucker for a bit of word play with your cold one, try the tasty In-Tents India Pale Lager.

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Breakside Brewery

Gotta 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.

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Breakside Brewery Milwaukie

If you’re taking a field trip to Milwaukie, pop into this big beautiful wood-walled taproom for a pint of Woodlawn Pale Ale or Rye Curious. They won’t feed you, but they will fill your growler for $8 on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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Bridgeport Brewpub

You can’t top this busy Pearl District brewpub’s energy level and cool industrial-chic digs; plus, the patio is one of the nicest places in town to while away a sunny afternoon.

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Burnside Brewing Company

Pulling pints in the epicenter of the food-loving Lower Burnside district, this pub goes above and beyond with their menu–where else do you find shrimp daikon fries, grilled cheese with fennel gazpacho, and a Schnitzel club?

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Cascade Brewing Barrel House

Ever since visiting Belgium and engaging in daily Kriek Krawls, I’ve been in love with fruit beers, so this Buckman pub is on my happy places list. Go on “Tap It Tuesday,” when new barrels are tapped and tasted at 6pm.

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Coalition Brewing Company

Occupying a cozy, quiet space just off delicious 28th Avenue’s Restaurant Row, this 10-barrel brewpub features house ales and those made by selected home brewers, per their uniquely collaborative Coalator Program.

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Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

An oasis of beer, burgers, and lush gardens made for outdoor dining, this 6-acre former farmstead also has an old-timey barn for hosting country weddings, in case you love that Hatchet Jack IPA so much you want to marry it.

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Deschutes Brewery

I have yet to see this big, boisterous Pearl District brewhouse not packed to the gills, thanks to good beer, hearty pub grub, upbeat energy, and some seriously gorgeous woodwork.

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Edgefield

You’ll have to drive deep into the wilds of Troutdale to visit, but this scenic 74-acre former poor farm is worth the trek. Drink beer, stroll the gardens, play nine holes, see a second-run movie, & get pruney in the soaking tub.

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Fifth Quadrant

This relaxed North Portland hangout is where the Lompoc beer-making magic happens, and it’s also where you can get $3 Bloody Marys all day on Sundays and $2.50 house pints on Tightwad Tuesdays.

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Gigantic Brewing Company

Gigantic’s all about the beer, and not about the kids, late hours, any game besides soccer, or food (you can BYO & there’s a nearby taco truck). So come for the beer. Or the champagne, they’ve got that too, by the bottle, not glass.

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Green Dragon Brewpub

Besides being a hub for serious beer lovers (there are 50+ taps), this relaxed Buckman pub hosts fun events like Meet the Brewer and Firkin Fest. Don’t miss The Wedge, their annual fall collaboration with the Oregon Cheese Guild.

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Hair of the Dog

Hidden deep in the inner Southeast industrial district, this fun brewpub serves strong, beautifully-crafted beers with straightforward names (I’m fond of Fred, myself). Beware the cumulative effect of the innocent-looking 3-oz tasters…

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Hopworks Urban Brewery

It doesn’t get much more Portland than this Good Food Award Gold Seal-winning “eco-brewpub,” where the beers are organic, the Warrior Wings are cage-free, and your 100-strong bike club will always find plenty of parking.

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Kennedy School

This historic property is no ordinary school—the former classrooms have comfy beds and private bathrooms, the auditorium is a second run movie theater, and the detention room is strictly for drinking beer & smoking cigars.

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Lucky Labrador Beer Hall

This voluminous Alphabet District brewpub is a good place for communal guzzling, whether you have one friend or 25. And if your friend has a really hairy belly and serious butt-sniffing habit, there’s a special patio for them.

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Lucky Labrador Brewpub

The firstborn of Lucky Lab’s four hoppy children, this rustic inner Southeast warehouse-turned-taproom is a friendly spot for the whole family, and even minors can drink (root) beer there until 9pm.

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Migration Brewing Company

Just the spot to spend a lazy afternoon with a few pints and a meatball sandwich (bring the pooch if you like, the patio is dog-friendly). It’s also developed a remedy for the Monday blues–pints are but $3 all day.

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Occidental Brewing Company

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 German-inspired “pints poured, growlers filled, kegs sold.” Prost!

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The Commons

This inner Southeast brewery’s roomy brick-walled taproom is just the place to fritter away a Saturday afternoon sipping pints of Urban Farmhouse ale, paired with a cheese board from adjoining Cheese Annex.

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Tugboat Brewing Company

Not exactly sure what this says about my past incarnations, but I’m drawn to secretish spots located down dark alleys, e.g., this cozy downtown brewery. Love the nautical-themed space, robust British-style ales & late hours.

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Upright Brewing

It really doesn’t get any cooler than this basement brewery and tasting room deep in the inner Northeast’s Leftbank building. Try the legendary Oyster Stout, made with Washington State Hama Hamas.

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Widmer Brothers Brewery

In spite of its off-the-beaten-path location, this local beer-brewing behemoth’s North Portland pub is perenially packed with brew lovers enjoying fondue pretzels, Amber Ale-braised kielbasa, and of course, lots of beer.

Alehouses

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1856

Seven really is the divine number at this discerning Sabin bottle shop and bar, where six rotating mostly-OR beers and a cider are always on tap. There aren’t any bar eats, but you can BYO–and providentially, Pok Pok Noi is next door.

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Apex

Bikes meet beers meet burritos (from Taqueria Los Gorditos next door, Apex lacks food but you can BYO) at this casual Division Street beer bar, where patrons stay abreast of the 50 taps using an electronic “live beer menu” monitor.

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Bagdad Theater & Pub

After a $3 second run flick at the McMenamins’ beautiful Bagdad Theater, why not stop into the adjoining pub for a pint or two, an order of Cajun Tots, and perhaps a game of pool? I would.

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Bailey’s Taproom

If you want to learn to speak better Beer, schedule a daily lesson at this much-loved downtown taproom and watch your vocabulary soar, thanks to the 20 always-rotating Oregon-centric taps and suds-savvy staff.

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Bazi Bierbrasserie

Just off Hawthorne, down a quiet residential street, lies Portland’s (un)official Belgian (beer) consulate–a high-ceilinged Euro-style bier bar that’s all about the big bold Belgians, soccer games and moules with Flemish frites.

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Beer

With a beer list nearly as long as Genesis, this Buckman bar is the spot to sip suds with friends or the Adam/Eve you’ve been courting on OKCupid, plus you can import eats from neighboring sister sandwich shop Meat Cheese Bread.

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Belmont Station

Your beer goggles will blow off when they see the selection at this popular Stark Street beer shop and cafe, where over 1200 bottles and cans vie for your attention, shouting to be heard over the siren call of the cafe’s 20 taps.

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Blue Moon Tavern & Grill

Standing out in the thicket of watering holes lining this stretch of NW 21st Avenue thanks to the giant blue moon above the door and boisterous rows of sidewalk diners, this popular pub peddles McMenamins beer, pub grub, n’ pool.

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Concordia Ale House

Winning brew-loving hearts on Killingsworth and beyond, this laid back beer bar has an impressive tap list, frequent pub quiz nights, a pool table, and Timbers games on the telly.

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Hawthorne Hophouse

Tucked into a strip mall just off Hawthorne, this friendly taproom has 24 rotating taps and a great happy hour (all day Sunday). Don’t miss half price flights on Mondays–you can try all 24 beers for $12.

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Hedge House

Probably my favorite Lompocian, this cheery yellow Division Street bungalow has a marvelous patio, an excellent vantage point for $3 Bloody Mary Sundays, Monday night trivia, and $2.50 pint Tightwad Tuesdays.

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Henry’s Tavern

Sure it can be crowded and a bit of a Pearl District meat market at high tide, but this beautiful brick pub has over 100 taps, so I’m fine with all that. Plus, they’ve got all day happy hour on Sunday.

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Higgins Bar

This grande dame of the downtown Portland dining scene’s other half is a highly respected beer bar, with roughly a trillion beers to choose from, all of which you will desperately want to try. Good luck.

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Horse Brass Pub

When you’re in the mood for a spot of Strongbow, steak & kidney pie, fish ‘n chips, and perhaps some bangers, head to this perfectly low-key British pub on Belmont, motto “if it were any more authentic, you’d need a passport.”

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Lompoc Tavern

An Alphabet District favorite and one of the more laid-back NW Trendy-Third dining destinations, this cozy pub is extra inviting on $3 Bloody Mary Sundays, $2.50 pint Miser Mondays, and during the twice-daily happy hour.

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Lucky Labrador Public House

From Multnomah Village Masonic Temple to buzzy beer hall, this stately building’s had a good run, and these days it’s filled with Southwest Portlanders sipping Black Lab Stout and downing Hot Diggity Dog pizzas.

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Market Street Pub

Steps from Portland State, this mellow McMenamins pub has an A+ booth-to-patron ratio, two daily happy hours & the Terminator-Chocolate Milkshake–a bracing blend of Terminator Stout, chocolate syrup and Tillamook ice cream.

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McMenamins Tavern & Pool

The once-sleepy neighborhood around it continues to blossom, but this straightforward pub remains pleasantly comfortable and well worn, like your favorite pair of house slippers, plus it has free pool every day until 5pm.

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North 45

Belgian ales, fine whiskeys, mussels frites, and random conversations abound at this friendly travel-themed Alphabet District pub, where the roomy patio makes for many a lost summer afternoon (speaking from experience).

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Oaks Bottom Public House

Named for nearby Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, this quaint Sellwood pub has something restorative waiting after your nature hike, like $2.50 pints on Mondays, 50-cent wings on Tuesdays, Wednesday trivia & $3 Sunday Bloody Marys.

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Produce Row Cafe

Beer lovers should definitely get acquainted with this hip, hidden inner Southeast industrial district gem’s beautiful patio and “Round Trip,” where the adventurous and commitment-shy can choose eight 7oz draft beers for $18.

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Prost

If you’ve ever suspected that everyone is having more fun than you but weren’t sure, just stand outside this pub and peer inside. Ja, everyone’s having more fun than you, especially the ones drinking bier from “das boot.”

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Ringlers Annex

Besides raindrops on roses, triangular buildings are one of my favorite things, and this one is extra great because there’s a bar inside. In summer, sidewalk seats are highly coveted, but when it pours, the basement’s the place to be.

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Rogue Public House

With 38 taps and a likable grubbiness that defies its swanky Pearl District surroundings, this busy alehouse is almost always jammed with Dead Guy Ale drinkers and sidewalk dining enthusiasts.

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Saraveza Bottle Shop

This North Portland tavern has an interesting rotating draft list, more than 250 bottles in gorgeous vintage coolers, and very tasty pasties, plus Free Bacon Night every 2nd Monday, which pretty much says it all.

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St. Johns Theater & Pub

Regardless of how highfalutin’ your dining tastes run, it’s hard not to get excited about the Tuesday special at this grand old dome-ceilinged St. Johns theater–a McMenamins beer, burger and movie for $11.50.

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The Rams Head

British pub-snug, this McMenamins tavern is just the place to hunker down in comfort in inclement weather, and in sunnier moments, the patio tables along shopper-swarmed NW 23rd Avenue are a fun people-watching perch.

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White Eagle Saloon

Claiming the distinction of being one of Portland’s oldest bars, this historic North Portland industrial district tavern and hotel boasts many a ghost story and possibly a few Shanghai tunnels, plus live music every single night.

Beer Shops

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1856

Seven really is the divine number at this discerning Sabin bottle shop and bar, where six rotating mostly-OR beers and a cider are always on tap. There aren’t any bar eats, but you can BYO–and providentially, Pok Pok Noi is next door.

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Barrique Barrel

Just one more thing to love about scrappy St. Johns–this carefully-curated wine, beer and cider shop, with affordable price tags and fun tastings that reflect the laid back neighborhood.

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Beaumont Market

This unassuming Northeast Portland market has earned a serious reputation for their liquid assets portfolio, from hard-t0-get nostalgic sodas to the hundreds of beers and wines they stock. Plus, they’re kindly open 17 hours a day.

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Belmont Station

Your beer goggles will blow off when they see the selection at this popular Stark Street beer shop and cafe, where over 1200 bottles and cans vie for your attention, shouting to be heard over the siren call of the cafe’s 20 taps.

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Bridgetown Beerhouse

There’s no food menu at this Mississippi Avenue beer bar and bottle shop, but don’t worry about succumbing to stomach rumblings while you enjoy your pint–just visit a nearby food cart or cafe first, BYO snacks are welcome.

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Cork Bottle Shop

The champagne-filled bathtub and wall of chocolate are captivating enough, but this Alberta wine shop also has a soft spot for beer–they stock 100 rotating craft brews from all over, and will hunt down specials requests too.

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John’s Market

“Portland’s Best Selection of Beers…and Six Bazillion Wines” is this Multnomah Village market’s claim to fame, and with 800 bottled beers, 400 wines & a frat-boy-jaw-dropping keg selection, who’s arguing?

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Saraveza Bottle Shop

This North Portland tavern has an interesting rotating draft list, more than 250 bottles in gorgeous vintage coolers, and very tasty pasties, plus Free Bacon Night every 2nd Monday, which pretty much says it all.

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The Beer Mongers

You may have so much fun playing with this Division bottle shop’s online Beeriodic Table that you forget to actually visit the store, but do pop in–they’ve got over 500 bottled beers and eight on tap, and they’re even open on Christmas.

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The Hop & Vine

Should you need a beer to go after a leisurely hangout in this Overlook bar’s lush backyard, duck into the adjoining bottle shop—smart staffers will steer you towards exactly what you need, even if you didn’t even know you needed it.

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The Portland Bottle Shop

With four rotating beers on tap and many more to go, this Sellwood bottle shop will let you take your beer and run (buy it first, for Pete’s sake), or stay and enjoy a pint with housemade small plates like bleu cheese dip and bocadillos.

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Woodstock Wine & Deli

This laid-back family-owned Woodstock wine bar/market will meet your basic wine, beer and cheese needs, they’ve got a daily happy hour, and you can’t help but love all the champagne magnums scattered about.