Reporting back. Thanks again for the recs. Full beer list below (I am a geek, I know).
Favorite place - Rogue of course. Love their beer and was impressed with the Issaquah and Tracktown lines. Loved the bottled Independence Hop Ale, Jazz Guy Ale and Imperial Younger's. Ryan the bartender was very nice to us. Tip him well.
Best surprise - Roots Organic - had the Royal Sampler. Wasn't a huge fan of the non-hop beers (gruit kolsch, heather ale) but was really impressed with everything else. Roots Pale was my favorite which was surprising since I usually don't go for the regular Pale Ale. Also loved the Nightmare Russ Imp Stout, not too much bourbon flavor to mask the well crafted stout, nice vanilla notes from the oak.
Enjoyed Bridgeport IPA, Deschutes Black Butte/Keller,.
Didn't dig the Lucky Lab as much as most people. maybe because it was mid-day and we were on our way to lunch and quite hungry.
Anyway, much appreciated the advice. Posted our food choices in the Pac NW board.
Here's the list:
Thursday night – Rogue – Issaquah Quad Frog, Bullfrog Contraband, Imperial Red, Tracktown 200 Meter Superhop, 100 Meter India Red
Deschutes – Hopicide
Friday – Roots Organic Brewing – Gruit Kolsch, Calypso (scotch bonnet), Roots Pale, Woody’s IPA (dry hop), Island Red (red stout), Heather Ale, Exxxcalibur Imp Stout, Younger’s Nightmare – Russian Imperial aged in 30yr bourbon
Lucky Labrador – Crystal Weiss (meh), Superdog (hoppy)
Pok Pok – Singha
Bridgeport – cask Hop Harvest and ESB
McMenamins Trump – Hammerhead pale ale
Apizza Scholls – 2 Paulaner Oktoberfest, Lagunitas Dogtown Pale Ale
Space Bar – Sierra
Rogue – Double Dead Guy, Mocha Porter, Hair of the Dog Fred, Hazelnut Rum, Dry Hop St Rogue Red, Quad Frog, Imperial Pils
Life of Riley – Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, Ninkasi Total Domination IPA
Saturday – Farmers market – Basketcase Syrah
Rogue – Chocolate Stout/Hazelnut Nectar Black and Tan, Younger’s Special Bitter, Mom’s Hefeweizen
Bridgeport – IPA, Black Sheep Stout, Hop Harvest
Tanuki – Yuki no Bosha Cabin in Snow sake, Chi Kurin Karoyaka Lightness Sake
Rogue – Imperial Porter, Quad Frog, Cask 100 Meter Tracktown, Rogue Spruce Gin & Tonic
McMenamins Crystal Lounge – Hammerhead, Terminator Stout, world’s worst RBV
Sunday – Beer in room – Rogue Independence Hop Ale, Imperial Younger’s Special Bitter and Jazz Guy
Deschutes – Mt St Helen’s Keller, Hopicide, Black Butte Porter
Clyde Common – Baron Oktoberfest
I was out there at the end of July and hit about 7 places. Tops on my list included Deschutes, Lucky Lab, and Laurelwood. All three have top notch regular lineups.
I also made it to Full Sail, Roots, Green Dragon, and Hopworks Urban. The drive from Portland to Hood River along the Columbia is so scenic. Sit out on the deck at Full Sail if you can.
My buddies brother lives in Portland and has mentioned that the Rock Bottom brewer has been pretty on point as of late.
I just came back from a week in Oregon.
Best Brewpub - Rogue Publick House
Best Beer Bar - Horse Brass
Deschutes has a nice, but antiseptic brew pub. Their beer is amazing. Hair of the Dog is nearly impossible to find, and does not have a brew pub.
Pub at the End of the Universe is also an interesting place, just 10 minutes from Horse Brass.
My favorite place when I was on my honeymoon a couple of years ago was the Lucky Labrador - IPA is my favorite style and they had like 3 on tap. I really like Bridgeport around happy hour time - cheap plates of really good snacks and half price beers. McMenamins have really great bars, beer is mediocre though - drinkable, but nothing memorable. If you have time, call Hair of the Dog and arrange a tour to check out the small, nearly one man operation, and enjoy the samples on tap.
You can pick up a pamphlet at the tourist center in the middle of town or at brewpubs/bars that list most of Oregons brewpubs and good beer bars.
The Horse Brass Pub is one of the best beer bars in the US. Great selection of Oregon beers on tap, as well as some good ales from California. They keep their tap list fairly up to date on their site. Can't speak for the quality of the food though.
As for visiting any other breweries, a stop at Hair of the Dog Brewing Company couldn't hurt. They make some great strong ales (Fred, Adam). You may even great to try the legendary Dave. They do tours if you call ahead. Check their website for details.
Horse Brass Pub
4534 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR
Hair of the Dog Brewing Co
4509 SE 23rd Ave, Portland, OR