Portland, Oregon has been touted as a top microbrewery destination of the nation, if not the world. Portlandâ€™s trendy Pearl District – home to Powellâ€™s City of Books, boutique shopping, and elegant dining â€“ is a must-visit spot (for more information about all that the neighborhood has to offer, see http://explorethepearl.com).
â€œThe Pearlâ€ contains a concentration of brewpubs that offer fantastic food that pairs well with the brews, tours where you can learn more about the process of craft microbrewing, and a variety of atmospheres for connecting with your friends. Is there a better way to pass the rainy season in Portland?
Deschutes Brewery:210 NW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 296-4906 www.deschutesbrewery.com
Deschutes Brewery is currently offering up a sample tray of Fresh hop beers! They have 6 different fresh hop offerings, until they are gone. They have also been pairing a fresh hop beer with farmerâ€™s specials, sourcing from our local purveyors.
On November 15th, Deschutes will release â€œThe Abyssâ€, 2012. The launch of this annual reserve beer is always a blast. Deschutes Brewery will be offering a sample tray of five vintages of this world famous beer. Deschutes Breweryâ€™s third annual Chefâ€™s Challenge will be on December 10th. This event is a fund raiser for Morrison Child and Family Services, and features several top chefs from the Portland area. Each chef is tasked with designing a dish to pair with one of our beers. There is a panel of judges, as well as a peopleâ€™s choice award.
(Images courtesy of Michael Mathers.)
Bridgeport Brew Pub:1313 NW Marshall Street
Portland, OR 97209
Bridgeport Brew Pub and brewery are one in the same. A key stop on Portland Walking Toursâ€™ Epicurean Excursion (www.portlandwalkingtours.com), the brewery/brewpub is right on the streetcar line (www.portlandstreetcar.org). If you want a private tour of the brewery, call ahead for arrangements. Itâ€™s a fantastic way to learn about the process – and passion – of craft microbrewing. Signature recipes available at the brewpub and in retail outlets this season include the â€œSummer Squeezeâ€ (for a nostalgic taste of sunlight during Portlandâ€™s impending â€œmonsoon seasonâ€), â€œDark Rainâ€ (apropos to the current season), and â€œWitch Huntâ€. Bridgeportâ€™s tasty menu offers many delicious bites to pair with your brew, including burgers, pizza, salmon, salads and sandwiches, all made with high-quality Northwest ingredients. Bridgeport Brewpubâ€™s attractive upstairs event space is a great place for your company party or family celebration.Rogue Distillery & Public House (Portland Branch): 1339 NW Flanders
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 222-5910 www.rogue.com
Rogue Brewery, originally founded in Southern Oregon, has facilities throughout the state. Their Pearl District location is a favorite for work happy hours among the creative class who have offices throughout the Pearl District, and guysâ€™ night out. The Pearl location is also home to Rogueâ€™s distillery, the first rum distillery in Oregon (tours are offered daily at 5:00 pm).
Signature recipes on the long, long list include â€œVoodoo Bacon Maple Aleâ€, which was inspired by the notorious Bacon Maple Bar offered by Portland food destination Voodoo Doughnut, and created in partnership with the famous treat peddlers (www.voodoodoughnut.com), â€œMocha Porterâ€, and â€œHazelnut Brown Nectarâ€. See Rogueâ€™s web site for fascinating You Tube videos about the brewing process.
An important part of the Rogue creed is â€œWe build relationships, not just alesâ€, and thatâ€™s evident in the friendly, welcoming atmosphere of their Pearl District pub.
Henryâ€™s Tavern:10 NW 12th Avenue Portland, OR 97209 503-227-5320 www.henrystavern.com
Henryâ€™s Tavern opened in the original Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Complex in 2004. Henryâ€™s offers more than 100 local, regional and international beer and hard cider offerings, and a plentiful tavern menu with seasonal menu items. Enjoy your drink cold on Henryâ€™s ice bar!
This fall, Henryâ€™s will present a spectacular 4-course dinner featuring Ninkasi Beers, with a beer pairing for each course. Meet & Dine with Ninkasi owner Jamie Floyd and Henryâ€™s Executive Chef Jerome Duncan!
Henryâ€™s will be open for Thanksgiving Day, with a special Turkey Day feast, and will also be open Christmas Day an New Yearâ€™s Day with special menus presented on those Red Letter Days as well. Watch for Henryâ€™s winter beer list!
(Images courtesy of Henryâ€™s Tavern.)
McMennaminâ€™s Crystal Hotel & Zeus Cafe:303 SW Stark St. Portland, OR 97205 (503) 384-2500 www.mcmenamins.com
The Crystal Hotel and its 1950â€™s, â€˜60â€™s style restaurant, Zeus CafÃ©, are a more recent addition to the vast bohemian Pacific Northwest McMenamins empire of microbreweries, pubs, restaurants, movie theaters, concert venues and hotels. The McMenamins brothers have a tradition of taking historic buildings (including a school, mental institution, and even a mortuary!) and transforming them into delightfully unique attractions. See their web site for more about all things McMenamins.
The Crystal Hotel was created as an overnight location for concert attendees of the Crystal Ballroom next door, a famous venue in the Pacific Northwest music scene. The building has a fascinating history, which staff are happy to recount. Rooms are decorated (in the traditional McMenamins mural fashion) with lyrics from songs that have been performed by famous acts at the neighboring Crystal Ballroom.
But what does this all have to do with microbrews? The Crystal Brewery, one of 24 McMenamins microbreweries in the Pacific Northwest, is the concert venueâ€™s former dance rehearsal hall. Try famous recipes like the â€œHammerheadâ€, â€œCrystal IPAâ€, and â€œIrish Stoutâ€. Want to take beer home with you? Bottles, growlers and kegs are available.