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Old 11-22-2010, 07:15 PM   #1
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Default Visiting Portland, OR: which brewery to visit first?

My sister lives there, and I'm going out a day before my family comes out for Thanksgiving. I've got some time to burn on the town, and thought about visiting a brewery or two.

I've visited the Rogue pub (I think that is what it is called?) ... but otherwise no other brewery.

Where is a good place I can drop in, maybe tour the brewery, and/or sample what they've got?

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Old 11-22-2010, 07:24 PM   #2
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Cascade Barrel House

Hopworks Urban Brewery

Green Dragon

Horse Brass Pub isn't a brewery but is worth a visit.

I highly recommend bringing lots of cabfare or learning the mass transit system. You can get blasted easily in Portland. While it's a bike-friendly city, if you bike while intoxicated it's treated just as severely as DUI in a car.

You could also take in a brewery bus tour:
http://www.teamweb.com/brewbus/go.html#schedule

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Old 11-22-2010, 07:26 PM   #3
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I'd also check out Distillery Row if you get a chance.

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Old 11-22-2010, 08:08 PM   #4
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Cascade Barrel House

Hopworks Urban Brewery

Green Dragon

Horse Brass Pub isn't a brewery but is worth a visit.

I highly recommend bringing lots of cabfare or learning the mass transit system. You can get blasted easily in Portland. While it's a bike-friendly city, if you bike while intoxicated it's treated just as severely as DUI in a car.

You could also take in a brewery bus tour:
http://www.teamweb.com/brewbus/go.html#schedule
What he said. lol Some great beers in Portland. I spend quite a bit of time there. I love it.
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Kinda depends on what kind of beer you're into. If barrel-aged, mostly sour beers are your thing then for sure hit up Cascade Brewing as suggested above.

Also:

Hopworks (good everything, gives a good brewery tour)
Upright Brewing – farmhouse-style beers that aren’t always for me, but these guys are certainly on the avant side
Hair of the Dog (limited production, limited hours, ridiculously good)
Laurelwood (good IPAs, porter, Southern English brown, multiple locations)
Lucky Lab (several locations, lots of variety and all is pretty good)
Amnesia (IPAs, pale, red, avoid their Belgians)

Beer bars:
Breakside Brewing is a new brewery that only has their Wit on tap (which is good), but also has a nice tap list
Horsebrass Pub-amazing taplist
Concordia Alehouse-same as above, 30+ taps and amazing bottle list
Bailey’s taproom-I would say one of the best tap lists in town. When something new comes around, I look there first and they usually have it.
Saraveza
Belmont Station

Welcome and have fun! There is so much to choose from and it's hard to go wrong.

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Old 11-22-2010, 08:24 PM   #6
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Deschutes, BridgePort, Lucky Lab (SE Hawthorne location), New Old Lompoc.

For a real Portland experience, you'll have to hit Magic Garden, Union Jacks, Mary's Club. (Don't take the sister)

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Old 11-22-2010, 08:41 PM   #7
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There are fantastic brewpubs all over Portland. I would skip Bridgeport though. It was very disapointing in my eyes.
Have fun!

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Deschutes, BridgePort, Lucky Lab (SE Hawthorne location), New Old Lompoc.

For a real Portland experience, you'll have to hit Magic Garden, Union Jacks, Mary's Club. (Don't take the sister)
Seconded.

Visited Portland a couple years ago and I know I hit Magic Garden and Mary's Club, not sure about Union Jacks.
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With the beer bars of Horse Brass, Green Dragon, and Henry's 12 St Tavern, you almost don't need to go anywhere else. One of those is bound to have some Double Mountain from Hood River, they have some great beers

I 2nd the Hair of the Dog recommendation, the beers are outstanding.

Deschutes is fun because they have limited brews that aren't released elsewhere.

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since all the Oregon people showed up here, may I hijack this for a moment

Thanks, what about The Eugene area, I know there is Ninsaki and there is a brewpub right on I5 North of Eugene but anything else worth checking out?

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