It's not raining. And much like Sheryl Crow, you wanna soak up the sun and tell everyone. Here are the best patios and beer gardens in Portland for when the weather’s fine and you’ve got hops on your mind.
Apex offers a staggering array of beer styles in an unpretentious environment that’s bolstered by a huge, packed patio open year-round. Whether it’s obscure German or Belgian brews, barrel-aged imperial stouts, or delicate saisons that you crave, this cash-only porch is a perennial crowd-pleaser that’s amenable to people bringing in outside food. And this is excellent news as it sits in one of Portland's best neighborhoods for dining out.
Prost is a world-class German beer-lovers bar, and they’ve got the glassware, accoutrements, and beer selection to prove it. Lagers steeped in old-world tradition are the go-to for a sunny day on the back deck, but don’t sleep on some of the Bavarian oddities that never hit it big with macro brewers. We humbly suggest a smoky rauchbier, a clean and crisp helles, or the subtly sweet tinge of a bananaweizen.
With a pedigree that includes former brewers from Ex Novo and Laurelwood, Level Beer churns out extremely sessionable ales and lagers that are perfect for sipping under the cover of what used to be the greenhouse of a produce market. You’ll find solid burgers and Mexican food at a pair of food trucks outside, and just about everything on the food menu pairs well with Ready Player One, a dry-hopped saison that’s as smooth as it is bright.