Me and my husband visited some friends in Portland, Oregon. A place that has been on my wish list for a long time. As a beer enthusiast and brewer this is heaven. Great beers everywhere, a brewpub in every corner and almost everywhere you can hear people talk about beer.
This is our beer journey:
DESCHUTES BREWERY AND PUBLIC HOUSE.
My favourite from Deschutes was their Black Butte XXVII (to the far right). It’s their 27th anniversary imperial porter brewed with cocoa nibs, pomegranate molasses and spices. It’s then been blended with apricot puree and finally aged on bourbon barrels. Yum!
I picked the best spot to sit, overlooking the brew house. And I was lucky it was a brew day too. =) The original brewery is located in Bend, but most of the beers they serve here are being brewed on sight.
BRIDGEPORT BREW PUB.
Bridgeport Brewing had some solid and nice beers. Nothing over the top, but well made.
A happy drinker!
I had a hoppy and refreshing Migration Pale Ale and played some dart at Migration brewing.
HAIR OF THE DOG BREWING COMPANY.
Most of Hair Of The Dog’s beers have names after people. Like Lila, Ruth, Adam and Fred for an example. Fred, a golden strong ale and Adam, a dark old traditional ale are both ABV 10%+ but they hide it well, so be careful when drinking these. Delicious!
THE COMMONS BREWERY.
The Commons Brewery turned out to be one of my favorites on the trip. They focus on Belgian style beers and they were impressively executed. Their Urban Farmhouse ale was awesome! The location they have is brand new, so everything looks really good. Clean with minimalistic feeling. The Scandinavian in me jumped up and down. =)
THE GROWLER GUYS.
The Growler Guys are pretty new in town, they opened up about a year ago. I got this recommendation from a friend that know these guys, they are originally from New York. A “high-tech” place to drink and fill up your growler at.
CASCADE BREWING BARREL HOUSE.
Cascade was high on my list and since I love sours this was one of my favorite. It was amazing being able to get samples and try so many different kinds. My favorites were “Wicked red”, a collaboration with Wicked weed, and “Sang Rouge”.
GIGANTIC BREWING COMPANY.
Ever since I first had my first beer from Gigantic while I was working at Mikkeller bar Sthlm, I’ve been a huge fan. Their “Too much coffee, man” is one of the best coffee beers I’ve had. And I think their super hero logo is cool (so cool I had to get a t-shirt). Their IPA and DIPA are so tasty!
ROGUE ALES DISTILLERY AND PUBLIC HOUSE.
So, the beers are not brewed here, but we stopped by for a beer anyways. We got the feeling that Rogue is getting a bit franchisey (I think I just made up that word). I don’t know. I guess they have to keep up with all the breweries around town. There’s a few…
Marie, drinking the Hop 7 from the Farms serie.
10 BARREL BREWING CO.
10 Barrel have their original brewery in Bend, outside of Portland. And guess what, they started with a 10 barrel system. =) The have a bigger now, but the system they have at this location in Portland is a 10 barrel. My favourite from here was Apricot crush, a delicious, fresh and fruity Berliner Weisse. I would drink more of that, yes please.
Right on one of the ends of the hip Mississippi street is Ecliptic brewing. Their Orbiter IPA is a super solid IPA, and in Portland , that equals awesome beer, so if you see it, you should get it.
Breakside’s IPA was probably one of the best beers I had during this trip. It had everything in my taste; the body, aroma, fruity hoppiness but still with a subtle bitterness. D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!
Breakside was the last place this time around. I am dying to come back again. And try even more beer… Cheers!