There's no denying that Portland has become the mecca of the beer community. Home to nearly 70 breweries, there's no shortage of great breweries in Portland. This guide breaks down the ones you simply can't miss.Less
Started by brewing icon behind some of the most well-known beers in the state, including Mirror Pond Pale Ale, success was all but guaranteed at this highly anticipated Portland brewery. The menu highlights local and seasonal ingredients and is re-imagined every six weeks. You can expect to find everything from cult-following brews (like the Starburst IPA, Capella Porter and Carina Peach Sour Ale) to creative experimental brews dependent on the season.
Stormbreaker is a crowd-favorite among local Portlanders for their hoppy IPAs, memorable ciders and great outdoor seating. Founded in 2013, this beloved Portland brewery now boasts two lively locations. Enjoy a cold glass of cider or an IPA over pub fare (the nachos are worth mention).
Founded in 2018, as a passion project of four friends, Migration Brewing is a staple in the Portland community. They've successfully created an inviting space for guests to linger over excellent brews and delicious pub fare. The IPAs are a crowd-favorite, but we’re partial to the hearty pilsner. Regardless of what you order, you won't be disappointed, but seriously - don't skip the food!
Great Notion was born when three neighbors, drawn together by a common passion for home-brewing, decided to pursue their passion full time. The result? One of the best breweries in Portland. Experimentation and creativity is the name of the game at Great Notion and the City of Roses is better for it. Try the renowned fruit beers, sours and hazy IPAs to see what all the fuss is about.
Opened in 1998, Cascade Brewing is one of the oldest breweries in Portland, but it wasn't until 2006 that it started to set itself apart by specializing in barrel-aged sours. With more than 20 beers on tap, you'll be hard pressed to find a more extensive (and exciting) list of bright sours in one place. Cascade Brewing has won numerous awards and is considered one of the original masters of sour brews in the nation.
Locals consider Upright Brewing to be one of the most underrated breweries in Portland, but the secret is definitely out. Specializing in farmhouse ales and traditional Old World styles, this is a great brewery for sours, ales and good vibes. The venue exudes a relaxed speakeasy vibe and the staff are always welcoming and attentive.
Culmination Brewing is on everyone's lips for a reason, this brewery churns out some of the most innovative and perfectly executed brews in Portland. Opened in 2015, Culmination has focused on creating a relaxed and welcoming space for the community by way of great beers. You'll find a robust tap list of 20 beers, ranging from traditional brews like IPAs, ambers and stouts to more innovative sours and barrel-aged beers. You're bound to find something impressive here.
Little Beast Brewing brews exceptional farmhouse style ales by harnessing the fermentation process in a way that enhances the robust flavors of the beer. The beers are refreshing, tart and satisfying -- indeed, it's hard to imagine a summer without one of these thirst-quenchers. In addition to knockout brews, guests are treated to meals made from seasonal and local produce. There's no better place to spend an easy going afternoon.
Von Ebert Brewing opened in 2018 and instantly became a go-to spot for beer enthusiasts. It replaced a beloved (now defunct) brewery but, thankfully, didn't displace the brewery's top brewers. -- Sam Pecoraro and Sean Burke. The result? An instant success that has won some prestigious awards in the beer community. The Volatile Substance IPA won the Oregonian's Beer of the Year in 2019. Need I say more?
It’s no secret that Portland is one of the best beer cities in the country. From a local's perspective, no brewery shines brighter than Breakside Brewery -- largely thanks to the plethora of awards and accolades bestowed upon it. The prestigious awards span continents and there's simply too many to list, but the Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival is worth mention.