Portland OR Brewpubs
Anyone from Portland or recently visited? Heading out for a long weekend and have Rogue, Full Sail, Deschutes and BridgePort on the list. Any other brewpubs or beer bars worth visiting?
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
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.
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.
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.