Portland's beer scene grew from homebrewers using fresh Bull Run water and local hops they're quick to tell you are in the same family as cannabis, hence all the chronic drinking. Helping you make your own dope beer: Portland U-Brew & Pub.
Created by suds-loving pals, one of whom brewmaster'd Max's Fanno Creek, PUB's a frothy playground hitting novice malt-mavens with a clubhouse-like pub, a homebrew supply store, and a smallish brewery with everything you need to make your own on-site, though you will run the risk of people swiping your recipe for Natural Red Dog Ice Reserve. The homebrew shop's selection of tools includes carboys, boiling pots, and bottling supplies; you can build your brew from self-contained kits and malt extracts, or work from scratch with over 30 different grains (double-row to rye), an array of yeasts from locals WyEast, and hops in pellet or whole-leaf form like the ultra-bitter Zeus, though you'd be bitter too if you had to turn into a cow every time you wanted to bang. Skip the pesky drive home by leveraging their expert guidance in PUB's soon-to-be-rockin' downstairs brewery featuring six mash tun/ boil kettle combos capable of producing up to 15gal of your select brew, which'll rest in their temp-controlled fermentation room until you're ready to bottle it up -- ironic, as doing the same thing with your feelings is exactly what's driven your consuming need to brew beer in the first place.
Keeping your thirst quenched and your belly full while you brew, PUB's slinging paninis and eight inspirational taps soon to include their own house porter and IPA, which you can sip anywhere on the premises including the shop and brewery, lending the whole experience a homey feeling akin to hanging out in your basement with your best bud.