Oregon is a state that loves its beer. In fact, there are currently 120 brewing companies operating 153 brewing facilities throughout the state, and beer connoisseurs from across the world pay homage to this magical brew at the Oregon Brewers Festival, the largest collective of independent craft brewers in the United States. Portland has more breweries than any other city in the world at 51, and countless brew pubs where you can sample the region’s finest. We’ve rounded up our favorite brew pubs in the City of Roses, so pull up a well-worn bar stool and wash down great grub with the best local brews at these establishments.
Horse Brass Pub
This authentic, British-style neighborhood watering hole in Southeast Portland is a local favorite for its 29 years in business and its more than 50 beers on tap. You’ll find traditional British offerings like fish and chips, bangers and mash and kidney pie. And while there are a great number of Portland beers offered here, the Horse Brass Pub is perfect for spending a chilly Thursday evening sampling local beers from Oregon breweries that don’t have brew pubs in Portland.
Where: 4534 Southeast Belmont St., 97215
Tugboat Brewing Company
Housed in an antique watch repair shop, the Tugboat Brewing Company is a delightfully unassuming, small yet unique microbrewery. Tucked away on a side street in downtown, Tugboat has a comfortable, worn in atmosphere, with bookshelves stacked to the ceiling and oil paintings hung on the walls. The pub features a rotating variety of beers on tap, including Extra Special Bitter, an IPA, Cask Stout and Hop Red.
Where: 711 SW Ankeny St., Portland, OR 97205
Owned by Mike and Brian McMenamin, two brew pub pioneering brothers who own nearly 20 properties in Portland, the Kennedy School is a restored 1915 elementary school that has been converted into a hotel, a brew pub, a theater and a concert space. The Concordia Brewery is found here, housed in a former girls’ locker room. Wood-burning stoves create a nice ambiance, and the scholastic décor touches really make the brew pub stand out, like the nonsmoking Honors Bar and the smoking Detention Bar.
Where: 5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland, OR 97215
The official brew pub for the Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, the Gasthaus is tucked away in a chic industrial center on the east bank of the Willamette River. Widmer is best known for its Hefeweizen, an unfiltered wheat beer, but the pub has nearly a dozen beers on tap, ranging from Drop Top Amber, Widberry and seasonal selections. Round out the experience by noshing on elevated pub fare like local sausage fondue, smoked blue cheese-spinach dip and classic burgers .
Where: 929 North Russell St., Portland, OR 97227
One of the most famous craft breweries in the United States, BridgePort is famous for its India Pale Ale, which has won a number of awards in the United States and internationally. Its stellar brew pub is housed in the brewery itself, a former rope factory in Portland’s trendy Pearl district. The menu is fresh and inventive, with offerings like the roasted citrus pork sandwich, freshly baked pretzels and vegan three bean chili, and the expansive wrap around patio is perfect on a warm summer day.
Where: 1313 NW Marshall St., Portland, OR 97209
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