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The 17 Best Brewery Taprooms in Portland

Published On 02/23/2015 Published On 02/23/2015
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Baerlic Brewing Co.
Migration Brewing Company
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The Commons Brewery
Coalition Brewing
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1. Baerlic Brewing Co. 2235 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Opened last year just outside of the sleepy maze known as Ladd’s Addition, Baerlic is modern brewery run by a couple of old amateurs who decided to take the whole brewing thing seriously. They might have started off a bit shaky but have since kept all ten of their taps flowing. Closed Mondays.

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2. Migration Brewing 2828 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232 (Ne Portland)

NE Glisan's Migration Brewing is the result of four friends taking their shared passion for beer and doing something about it. Since opening in the fall of 2008, MB has been guided by this initial passion and a strong community connection, serving customers their home-brewed beers on tap alongside delicious food dishes, which include pulled pork sandwiches, club sandwiches, and a number of pizza options.

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3. Ex Novo Brewing 2326 N Flint Ave, Portland, OR 97227

Ex Novo is the first not-for-profit brewery and splits it's earnings between different charities.

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4. Old Town Brewing Co. 5201 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97211

This brewpub's interior of dark wood furniture and paneling dotted by broken-in couches is just as welcoming and approachable as it's lineup of award-winning beers. The mainstay brews -- an IPA, a Kolsch, a red ale, and single-hop pale ale -- all sit around or under 6 percent ABV and aren't known for being too hoppy, making them all easy to drink and even easier to fall into routine with. What's even easier to love are their pizzas, all thick-crust creations with local ingredients like basil, spinach, feta, and pineapple.

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5. Gigantic Brewing Company 5224 SE 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97202 (Se Portland)

This tap room and champagne lounge serves, you guessed it, draft beer and champagne! Growler fills are available for all Gigantic Beers currently on tap, and all Portland Timbers matches are shown on the TV. Don't even THINK about asking to watch any sport but soccer, though.

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6. Tugboat Brewing Co. 711 SW Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97205 (Nw Portland)

This place specializes in British-style strong ales, offering a wide selection of microbrews as well as an assortment of international beers and wines. There's live Jazz in the evening and only enough seating for 50, so get there early and grab a pint.

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7. The Commons Brewery 1810 SE 10th Ave, Unit E, Portland, OR 97214

Central Eastside's The Commons Brewery specializes in small-batch beers made using European-inspired methods and regional ingredients. The brewery's small size allows it be nimble and play with new ideas, which can be tasted in the selection on offer in the onsite taproom. Thirteen Commons labels are poured at the brick-backed wooden bar in the warehouse space, and flavors rage from a light German-style Pilsner to a plum-kissed farmhouse ale aged in wine barrels. Because snacks and beer shouldn't be separated, a cheese window by Cheese Bar owner Steven Jones matches slices to the suds.

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8. Coalition Brewing 2705 SE Ankeny, Suite C, Portland, OR 97214 (Kerns)

Only open Friday-Sunday, Coalition offers limited tastings and tours on the weekends. It’s a great opportunity to meet some of the hardest-working brewers in the game, as well as a chance to taste some of the fun experiments they won’t let out of their sight.

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9. Hair of the Dog Brewery 61 SE Yamhill St, Portland, OR 97214 (Se Portland)

Hair of the Dog works to obtain local ingredients for all of its brews, which is great for the community. It's also great for the people who drink their beers, with 8 on-tap selections to choose from at their taproom. Growler refills are available for 5 of them, in case you're the kind of person who likes to stock up for the winter.

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10. Fire on the Mountain 3443 NE 57th Ave, Portland, OR 97213

With a few of their wing locations scattered around town you’re probably already aware of these guys. But their location on Fremont doesn’t stop at the city’s best buffalo wings, they decided what goes great with wings? Pizza! Yeah, okay, so they make pizza too, so what goes with pizza and wings? Beer! And some damn good brew too.

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11. Breakside Brewery and Dekum Pub 820 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211 (Concordia)

Breakside Brewery has drawn industry accolades, boasting a lineup of medals from the Brewers Association World Beer Cup, because it isn't afraid to take risks with its beer. Breakside minds have birthed salted caramel stouts and habanero-infused lagers, and you can sample a rotating cast of the creations from any of the 24 taps in use in the onsite taproom and Dekum Pub. The food at this brewer's tavern takes a backseat to the beer, as it should, but still provides almost anything you'd want with a cold one: namely, wings, a burger or some fried pickles.

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12. Sidebar 3901 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227 (Ne Portland)

This tasting room adjacent to Lompoc is where you can enjoy their speciality/seasonal brews, or even purchase a keg to-go!

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13. Burnside Brewing Co. 701 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214 (Ne Portland)

Beers produced at Burnside Brewery are unfiltered and cleaned of particulates using a lagering process. In layman's terms, this means that the beer takes longer to make but tastes like liquid sunshine. The menu features a selection of cured meats and charcuterie that has been meticulously paired with the beers on offer.

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14. Upright Brewing 240 N Broadway, Portland, OR 97227 (N Portland)

NoPo's Upright Brewing is a brewery that specializes in farmhouse-inspired beers with roots in France and Belgium, although they're all made with PNW ingredients and a local twist. In house they have a tasting room where you can sample various drafts & bottles, take a case home, and watch Blazers home games.

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15. Base Camp Brewing Company 930 SE Oak St, Portland, OR 97214 (Se Portland)

For Base Camp Brewing Company, it's not just about the beer. Okay, so maybe it's mostly about the beer, but that's a good thing! They're constantly devising new recipes and strategies for their brewhouse, and the extensive selection of beers they've concocted should speak for itself.

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16. StormBreaker Brewing 832 N Beech St, Portland, OR 97227

This newish brewpub took is serving some dark and tasty seasonal suds, also, there’s a full menu of “Stormburgers,” sandwiches, and share plates to be enjoyed out by the fit pit.

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17. Ecliptic Brewing 825 N Cook St, Portland, OR 97227 (Mississippi Ave)

John Harris's newly opened spot has classic American bar eats like sandwiches, and starters and mains like sweet & spicy chicken drumsticks and fish & chips. Oh, and beer. They've got 4 of their own on tap right now, with seasonal rotations.

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