Top Ten Breweries that Prove Portland is Beervana
With dozens of breweries to choose from in Portland, it’s no wonder this place has never been able to shake off the “Beervana” title, not that we’d ever want to. With more breweries than any other city on earth, let Portland evolve you from bar hopper to a brewery hopper and go from pub to pub tasting world-class beers. To help get you started on your ale expedition, we’ve narrowed down our picks for the best breweries in the Portland area.
1. Breakside Brewery
Address: 1570 NW 22nd Ave, Portland, OR 97210
This truly unique neighborhood brewpub features a full-service restaurant with two levels and a wide selection of locally brewed Breakside craft beers. The large outdoor patio is a refreshing spot for sipping an ice-cold Breakside Pilsner on a warm, sunny day — especially if you add a giant Bavarian pretzel to go with it — and you definitely should.
2. Cascade Brewing Barrel House
Address: 939 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214
If you’re looking for Sour Beer, Cascade is the place to be. Established as the “House of Sour”, Cascade blends over a dozen different Sour Ales using Northwest barrels to capture multi-dimensional aromas. Serving pub food along with a few Portland staples such as donut holes and pretzel bites, you’ll have to grab a few snacks to help keep your beer company.
3. Wayfinder Beer
Address: 304 SE 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97214
If you’re on the hunt for delectable drafts and you’ve found your way to Wayfinder, then you’re in the right place. Serving all sorts of eats like Banh Mi, Asada fries, and vegan sausage, spread out on their wide-open patio and drink tall drafts, cocktails, and wine.
4. Von Ebert Brewing
Address: 131 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
With high industrial ceilings and a healthy plant community, Von Ebert Brewing has truly embraced the Portland lifestyle by mastering the art of American pub and flavorful hops. With all their proteins smoked rotisserie-style over maple and Pacific Northwest Alderwood, pair their award-winning beer with one of the many excellent entrées from their wide-variety menu.
5. 10 Barrel Brewing
Address: 1411 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR 97209
Serving up backpackers, ski bums, and all Northwest fanatics, 10 Barrel Brewing is a major beer go-to in all of Portland, Bend, Denver, and Boise. Snag a spot on their rooftop and choose from a wide variety of ales, or mix it up and sip on cider, hard seltzers, cocktails, and more.
6. Great Notion Brewing
Address: 2204 NE Alberta St #101, Portland, OR 97211
Drink all the colors of the rainbow at Great Notion, whose fruit-forward, hazy IPAS and culinary-inspired stouts and sours are locally famous for their wild, imaginative flavors and eye-catching colors. Their vibrant line of oak-barrel-aged sours are blended with Oregon fruits like pinot noir grapes and strawberries, while the stouts are aged in Bourbon barrels over ingredients like roasted coffee or chocolate. In addition to their Alberta brewpub where you can enjoy elevated pub grub like fried chicken sandwiches, smash burgers and loaded nachos, they have two other Portland-area locations in Northwest and Southeast.
7. Ex Novo Brewing Co.
Address: 2326 N Flint Ave, Portland, OR 97227
Along with crafting excellent beers like fruited sours, pine-infused IPAs and fan favorites like pale ales, one of the main focuses of Ex Novo is to give back to its community by donating 100% of their net profits to various causes and organizations. So when you’re sipping their flagship Eliot IPA and chowing down on a Detroit-style pizza at their industrial Northeast Portland brewpub, you know it’s for a good cause.
8. Steeplejack Brewing Co.
Address: 2400 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
Housed in a 112-year-old church in Northeast Portland with a vaulted ceiling and stained-glass windows, the stunning, English pub-style setting would be reason enough to while away an afternoon at Steeplejack. But their diverse range of craft brews, all made in-church, cocktail menu and beer-centric food offerings are also stand-outs. Their rotating line-up includes IPAs, Pale Ales, Saisons and much more.
9. Ecliptic Brewing
Address: 825 N Cook St, Portland, OR 97227
To beer and beyond! Due to founder and legendary Oregon brewer John Harris’ love of astronomy, this space-themed brewery names their craft beers after celestial events and bodies like the Starburst IPA and the Carina Peach Sour. With year-round, seasonal and special release offerings, you can try their out-of-this-world brews and a seasonal food menu at the Mothership restaurant and brewery in Northeast.
10. Gigantic Brewing Company
Address: 5224 SE 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97202
Let the record note that Portland is a city obsessed with hops and great IPAs are all over town. But Gigantic makes some of the best, thus looming large in the local beer scene. Their mission is to “make the best darned IPA you've ever had”, which they have achieved with their signature Gigantic IPA and other Indian Pale Ale creations. Non-IPA lovers aren’t left out, though, with other styles like Kölsch and stouts.