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Going to Portland for the first time next week. What are the must have beers and brew houses?

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  1. While I can't give you a rec, I'll forewarn you that McMenamin's is extremely overrated.

    Oregon is home to Deschutes and they make some excellent beer. You should be able to find that on draft.

    1. I guess you're saying McMenamin's beer itself is overrated. The facilities sure aren't. Their Edgefield spot, near the airport, is so cool. The other locations I've been to are also cool. And, I really like their Hammerhead Ale. I would not go to Portland w/o visiting a McMenamin's if you love beer. It's an institution.

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      1. re: Hoss

        Different strokes for different folks. I think their beer is just OK. I do agree that the atmosphere of their pubs is cool. I think Rogue makes much better beer, and they have a pub:

        Portland Pub
        1339 NW Flanders
        Portland, OR 97209
        (503) 222-5910

      2. I agree, Rogue is a great place. Some very interesting stuff (chocolate stout, chamo-mello, etc.) and something like 50 taps to try. They have a taster deal with 4 or 5 smaller glasses, and you can pick which ones. They have several locations, but I'd go to the one in the Pearl.
        http://www.rogue.com/locations-portla...

        Another place is the New Old Lompoc. They also do a taster tray, I think it's a taste of each thing they happen to have on tap at the time. I'm a fan of the LSD (Lompoc Strong Draft) and they make a helluva tasty root beer as well. They have two other locations in addition to the NW 23rd one.
        http://www.newoldlompoc.com/newlompoc...

        Nearby the New Old Lompoc is Laurelwood on Kearney off of 23rd.
        http://www.laurelwoodbrewpub.com/

        For the nexus of good food you can get with a great beer selection (some local, some not), Higgins is the place.
        http://higgins.citysearch.com/page/o3...

        For a great beer selection and great music but just OK food, Blue Monk is the place. The beer here is mostly not local, but there are hard to find selections.
        http://www.thebluemonk.com/beer.htm

        You can start at Laurelwood, then walk to New Old Lompoc, then take a longer walk to Rogue, and a long stroll to Higgins for dinner (the burger they serve in the bar is pretty tasty) and more tasting. It's a good crawl that we have done with the Portland Food Group. Here's the whole discussion: http://portlandfood.org/index.php?sho...
        Post #11 has the route we did for the NW crawl and suggestions for an eastside crawl and SW crawl. Shoot a message to angelhair on that site if you want, she's a fabulous beer resource.

        Here are some other resources for ya:

        http://www.nwbrewpage.com/

        http://portlandbeer.org/

        1. I'll need to go to Portland, it's looking like. We get very few Rogue beers down in So Cal. I'd love to try Chamomellow.

          1. Downtown check out Rogue and up the about 4 blocks is Bridgeport. Locals may roll their eyes and tell you it sucks now that they "yuppiefied" it, but its a great place for happy hour. Cheap beer (ipa is delicious and unique) and cheap appetizers. I had an increadible cheese plate with sausage, and a smoked oyster for $2.50.

            There's also a Rock Bottom and Tugboat downtown.

            Other brewpubs that I hit and would recommend is Lucky Lab for their IPAs, Roots Organic, Alameda, Lauralwood, Amnesia, and check out the Kennedy school mcmennimans. Like someone else said, if you're into beer, you will appreciate their concept and rennovations of old buildings - the beer is just ok. If you are interested in unique breweries, check out the one man operation at Hair of the Dog (must call and make an appointment).

            When you get to Portland head to the center of downtown to the information center and pick up the Brew-Ha! pamphlet. It was our bible when we were there.

            Here is another resource with reccommended places (and reviews)to visit:

            http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/city/16

            1. I'm not a beer drinker, but I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Henry's, even though it's part of a chain and has that atmosphere, it still has 100 beers on tap.

              Besides Angelhair on PortlandFood, VJ is another beer-a-holic who has her own blog with good beer resources:

              http://altportland.com/eatdrink/beer/...

              1. Brewhouse styles differ. The newly remodeled Bridgeport brewpub in NW Portland on Marshall (sorry, sorta on the run here) is top-end. Beers are nicely finished.
                Rogue's brewpub is funky-er but the beers are smashing (and definitely can get you smashed; be careful.)
                I'm also not McMenamin's beer fan & unless you're already in the area, see no reason to trek to Troutdale.
                Lucky Lab has its fans. I am not one: The beer is good, but the atmosphere lacks, as does the food.
                Laurelthirst: Good brews, decent food. You take your chances with ill-mannered children running amok.
                Higgins gives you great dining & a ton of beer selections. It's a high-end restaurant with a serious beer list.
                Enjoy.

                1. You are going to have a great time here in beertopia! Here are some of my current favorites.

                  Pubs: Concordia Ale House, 3276 NE Killingsworth Ave., twenty or so rotating taps. All over the map, literally, Belgians, Brits, local boys...they have it all.

                  Horse Brass Pub http://www.horsebrass.com/, I am going to venture they have fifty taps. Smokey as London itself, but oh so worth it.

                  Blue Monk, www.thebluemonk.com, 15 taps, interesting bottle selection, affordable.

                  Henry's, http://portland.citysearch.com/profil..., Pearl District poseurs, but they have 100 taps.

                  Breweries: Rogue, www.rogue.com. No one brews like they do. This should be the one brewery that you must visit.
                  Amnesia Brewing, 832 N. Beech. My favorite of the newer breweries.

                  Beers: You will want to taste any beer you find from any of the following breweries:
                  Walking Man
                  Hair of the Dog
                  Pelican

                  I am not sure where you are from, San Francisco? But there is more great beer here than anywhere I have been in the world. Seriously. Not just good beer, but great beer. You can venture into almost any neighborhood in the city and you will find good beer there.

                  If you are going to be in town through next weekend, you should try to make it to the International Beer Festival http://www.portland-beerfest.com/Inde...
                  It begins on Friday the 14th and runs through the weekend. They will have maybe 75 taps (?? I could be wrong) of interesting stuff, much of which you have probably never seen before. It's a great crowd in a great atmosphere. It's on the North Park Blocks (within walking distance to both Rogue and Henry's).

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                  1. re: angelhairpdx

                    But if you are from SF, then you have already been to one of my favorite bars on the planet, Toronado!

                  2. Rogue has a lot of beers that are really well made. The pints at the brew pub are more expensive than other places but they're worth it. Rogue does not skimp on ingredients.

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                    1. re: Fuggles

                      I just had their Chocolate Stout last night. Damn that's a fine beer. They really do make some great ones.