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The Stew’s Drink Brews: Portland, Oregon

May 19, 2015

As is our annual habit of spending the weekend before Memorial Day traveling to a new city to try out their breweries and vineyards (Last year was Southern California), The Stew’s have traveled to Portland for good beer, good wine, and good food.

Portland is known for it’s craft beer scene: It has one of the highest breweries per capita in the country, and so many well known craft breweries it is ridiculous. Instead of doing one Stew’s Drink Brews per brewery, we’ve decided to compile all the places we sampled and loved in this one convenient post!

1. Hair of The Dog Brewery; 61 SE Yamhill St, Portland, OR 97214

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What We Drank: Emily: Ruth APA. Matt: Blue Dot Double IPA
Why You Should Visit: Located in the hip Pearl district, Hair of the Dog is the perfect place to get a beer and some food, and even bring your laptop to catch up on work or a card game to catch up with friends.

 

2. The Commons Brewery; 630 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214

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What We Drank: Emily: Urban Farmhouse Ale, Field & Farrow Spring, French Country Ale, Matuka Saison. Matt: Urban Farmhouse Ale, French Country Ale, Baltic Porter, Matuka Saison
Why You Should Visit: Beautiful taproom with farmhouse and European style beers. Also, Cheese Annex does their food, so you can nosh on yummy cheese while sipping.

 

3. Base Camp Brewing Co.; 930 SE Oak St, Portland, OR 97214

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What We Drank: Emily: Ultra Gnar Gnar IPA. Matt: Lost Meridian Wit.
Why You Should Visit: A climbing themed brewery, the taproom has local art and nature-inspired Instagram photos on the walls. Paired with a huge outdoor seating area and TWO food trucks that are reasonably priced, this would be the perfect after-work spot for planning your next outdoor adventure.

 

4. Full Sail Brewing Co.; 506 Columbia St., Hood River, OR 97031

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What We Drank: Sessions IPA
Why You Should Visit: Popular on the East and West Coast, you’ve probably had the Full Sail Amber or Sessions IPA sometime in your life. They offer a great, free tour that ends with a free pint glass, and they’ve got a great deck to grab a bite to eat on overlooking the Hood River. Sustainable and Environmentally friendly, it’s a brewery that makes you feel good while you throw one back.

 

5. Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom; 8 4th St, Hood River, OR 97031

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What We Drank: Emily: Kolsch, Vaporizer, Gypsy Stumper, Eight & Easy. Matt: Kolsch, Vaporizer, Hop Lava, Gypsy Stumper, Homestead
Why You Should Visit: One of many breweries in Hood River, Double Mountain has a rotating tap, fun stories behind their beer, and amazing looking pizzas. Hood River is an excellent area for beer, due to the access to great water and local ingredients.

 

6. Ecliptic Brewing; 825 N Cook St, Portland, OR 97227

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What We Drank: Emily: Singularity IPA. Matt: Spica Pilsner, Orbiter IPA, Pegasus ESB, Singularity IPA, Imperial Blitz American Pilsner. (The Imperial Blitz was so good, Matt got a full pint of it when he finished his flight!)
Why You Should Visit: Outdoor tables, really delicious & locally sourced food, and the employees bring their dogs to work.

 

7. Stormbreaker Brewing; 832 N Beech St, Portland, OR 97227

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What We Drank: Emily: Right As Rain Pale Ale. Matt: Cloud Ripper IPA.
Why You Should Visit: Nice selection in a cool part of town. Have a few drinks, then buy art from one of the galleries!

 

8. Burnside Brewing Company; 701 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

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What We Drank: Emily: The Fifth Element. Matt: Project Ale.
Why You Should Visit: Good fries, and right next to a crepe shop. (Be forewarned, they are not fans of you bringing over crepes.)

 

9. Gigantic Brewing Co.; 5224 SE 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97202

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What We Drank: Emily: Cider Riot – Everybody Pogo. Matt: Ginormous Imperial Ale.
Why You Should Visit: Umm, beer’s have punk names and Will Ferrell words like ‘ginormous!’ Also, there is a taco stand just around the corner that made me feel like I was in Mexico.

 

These are just a small sampling of some of the amazing craft breweries Oregon has to offer. (There are over 185 brewing companies!) If you’d like to plan your own beer tasting adventure, visit Oregon Craft Beer to see a list of breweries and events all over the state.

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