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16 Breweries in Portland for Crisp, Cold Beer

Find the must-visit brewery taprooms in Portland offering takeout growlers and beer delivery

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It's a known fact around these parts that Portland was into craft beer before it was cool. Decades after the initial craft beer boom, the local brewery landscape is in a constant state of change, and no brewery can rest on its laurels. As former mainstays like Bridgeport and Widmer closed their taprooms, other fledgling breweries popped up, throwing their hat into this extremely competitive ring.

While in recent years other cities have surpassed Portland in brewery count (both total, and per capita), the Rose City still continues to produce world class beer on nearly every street corner that deserves recognition. COVID-19 has dramatically changed the experience of going to a brewery right now, but there are still plenty of top-notch spots to fill a growler or drink a pint outside.

These are the Portland breweries to visit. Note that the points on this map guide are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically. We’ve also omitted any brewery here that started elsewhere, so apologies to 10 Barrel, Deschutes, and Double Mountain.

In our latest update, we’ve shuffled the list and narrowed it down to 16 Essential Portland breweries. Are we missing your favorite? If it also serves great food, there’s a good chance it resides over on the map of Portland’s Essential Brewpubs.

A number of Portland restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Occidental Brewing Company

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6635 N Baltimore Ave
Portland, OR
(503) 719-7102
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Back before St. Johns finally hit its long-anticipated growth spurt, the Occidental Brewing Company set up shop near the bridge and quietly started brewing some of the best German-style ales and lagers in town. It has currently released a collaboration with local newcomers Hammer & Stitch, a NW-style pilsner dry-hopped with Idaho 7. Occidental is open Friday and Saturday for to-go orders only in the form of cans and kegs, but is not filling growlers at this time. Drinkers can also place orders online.

2. Breakside Brewery

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820 NE Dekum St
Portland, OR
(503) 719-6475
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Since its eponymous IPA was given the gold medal at the Great American Beer Fest in 2014, Breakside has been on a roll. Seven years later, the brewery shows no signs of stopping — it took home a lot of hardware at last year’s Oregon Beer Awards, taking down a total of 12 medals for its beers, and winning Large Brewery of the Year. Breakside is proving they can hang with the big boys when it comes to quantity, as well as quality. Visitors will find everything from sandwiches to tacos and nachos at Dekum and Slabtown brewpub locations, or just grab a brew at its Milwaukie location, where customers are encouraged to bring food, if they choose. The brewery is currently open from noon to 9 p.m. every day.

3. Level Beer

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5211 NE 148th Ave
Portland, OR 97230
(503) 714-1222
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What was once a farm and produce market now houses some great beer and a whole ton of 8-bit style art. Though the most popular beers are hazy IPAs and pale ales such as Stable Genius and Pixelate Pale, respectively, this brewery also offers a range of beers from stouts to pilsners and everything in between. A handful of food trucks outside Level Beer give customers plenty of options, ranging from shawarma to burritos. The large greenhouse has a kids’ play area as well, so visitors should be aware that popping in on a weekend afternoon could lead to a tricky game of dodging energetic toddlers underfoot. It is currently open seven days a week.

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4. Upright Brewing

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240 N Broadway
Portland, OR
(503) 735-5337
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Pioneers in Oregon farmhouse-style ales, Upright brews farmhouse-inspired French and Belgian beers with a hint of Northwest influence. Located down a few flights of stairs in the Leftbank Building, this basement taproom is the sort of hidden hole-in-the-wall that attracts locals and visitors. In May, Upright will be expanding its taproom upstairs to offer more seating in a brighter space. It will soon release Woodwinds, a barrel-aged saison infused with poplar. The taproom is open only on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. for to-go orders, while delivery orders can be placed via the website.

5. Culmination Brewing

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2117 NE Oregon St
Portland, OR
(503) 353-6368
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Culmination has been in the beer game for years now, and the brewery is still proving its worth in this fierce market. The brewery has been celebrated for its hazy IPA Drone Logic, but Culmination offers great beer in a wide range of styles, from big boozy breakfast stouts to sour cherry ales. At this time, Culmination offers patio seating only in their large, heated tent, along with delivery through Road Beers PDX.

6. Von Ebert Brewing Pearl

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131 NW 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 820-7721
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After closing down the Fat Head’s franchise location in 2018, proprietor Tom Cook wasted no time in opening a new brewery in the same location. The Pearl brewpub menu keeps a regular roster of IPAs and hoppy pale ales at all times, but this location also regularly features wild farmhouse ales and spontaneously fermented sours brewed at the Glendoveer location. These bottle-conditioned beers can also be purchased to-go, and make great additions to any serious beer lover’s cellar. The food has a lot of wood smoke influence, and all meats are smoked in-house; the German beer hall-style interior encourages folks to move around more in the space and get to know one another. It is currently open seven days a week, and dine-in service has resumed.

People inside Von Ebert, sitting Ron Scott/Eater

7. Wayfinder Beer

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304 SE 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 718-2337
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Wayfinder opened in the fall of 2016, and the rest, they say, is history. The outdoor patio is one of the most popular gathering spots at any brewery in town, with ample seating, and a cozy fire pit for those not-so-warm evenings. Though they’re lager-focused, they still offer a few inventive IPAs and other, more obscure styles. Most recently, they’ve made waves in the local scene and online with their “Cold IPAs.” Locals rave about the simple-yet-focused pub fare, which includes a few vegan options as well, such as the popular cauliflower banh mi. It will reopen its pub April 2nd for service Friday through Sunday, and currently offers delivery through Road Beers PDX.

Outside entrance and deck of Wayfinder Brewery Ron Scott/Eater

8. Threshold Brewing & Blending

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403 SE 79th Ave
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 477-8789
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Located just off Stark Street in the heart of Montavilla, Threshold is barely two years old and already putting out impressive beers. Co-founders Jarek Szymanski and David Fuller first developed a following for their hazy IPAs, but now, Jarek and Sara Szymanski’s brewery has become the place to be for layered barrel-aged beers and nuanced farmhouse ales. The space is pretty simple, with picnic tables and a modest bar. Its beers are available to-go as well as via delivery through Road Beers PDX. Threshold has spaced-out indoor seating as well as patio seating.

A glass of beer sits in the forefront, patrons are seated behind Ron Scott/Eater

9. Cascade Brewing Barrel House

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939 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR
(503) 265-8603
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Cascade Brewing is not only a mainstay in Portland; it’s a serious powerhouse in the larger American sour scene. Though purchased from founder (and now-retiree) Art Larrance by a team of brewery and taproom owners, Cascade’s been using local fruit and wine barrels to make world-class sour ales for years. This shouldn’t be understated: this beer is world-renowned. The tap list is just north of 20, and popping bottles is also an option. The taproom is currently open every day except Monday and Tuesday and has small plates and sandwiches to crush alongside the beers.

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10. Hair of the Dog Brewing Company

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61 SE Yamhill St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 232-6585
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With Hair of the Dog, Alan Sprints became one of the first brewers in America to specialize in bottle-conditioned and barrel-aged beers: The brewery is currently home to 180 oak barrels used to age beer anywhere from six months to eight years. The now 27-year-old brewpub offers the largest selection of vintage bottles available in the country; plus, its curated draft list features high-octane old ales and barleywines as well as IPAs of varying strength. Visitors to the pub can also opt for rotating, in-house-only cask ales “from the wood” or “from the egg,” the latter being a 476 gallon egg-shaped concrete fermenter used commonly in wine production. The taproom is currently closed, but Hair of The Dog’s beers can be found at various retail outlets in the meantime, and has recently begun to sell their vintage bottled beers on the website for curbside pickup.

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11. Baerlic Brewing

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2235 SE 11th Ave
Portland, OR
(503) 477-9418
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Baerlic, meaning “of barley” in Old English, produces a lineup of traditional standards, but also pushes boundaries in both its style and process, as exemplified by the omnipresent Dad Beer Lager and the seasonal Nice & Easy Salted Oat Gose. It’s an iconoclast in terms of its space, as well, opting for a sleek café aesthetic combined with an open ceiling concept and barrel storage in the taproom rather than the exposed brick and equipment look that dominates the brewery scene. Limited bar snacks are available, but customers are encouraged to bring or order food from neighboring restaurants. Baerlic has recently expanded into the former Blitz Sports Bar next door, and in a collaboration with Ranch PDX has opened a bright and spacious indoor pizza & beer garden, known as its “piehall.”

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12. Little Beast Brewing Beer Garden

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3412 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 208-2723
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Located in the former Lompoc Hedge House spot on Division Street in Southeast Portland, Little Beast is the brainchild of husband-and-wife team Charles Porter and Brenda Crow. The brewery’s name is a nod to the yeast and bacteria that makes the magic happen, so to speak: Little Beast sells a lot of small-batch, barrel-aged sours and mixed-fermentation ales in cans as well as bottles, so customers should be prepared to pick a few up to go. Crow’s menu features sandwiches and charcuterie (among other options), with cheeses chosen to complement the beers. The back patio is covered, heated, and is dog friendly. Little Beast is open seven days a week.

The exterior to LIttle Beast Brewing, lit up at night Ron Scott/Eater

13. Ruse Brewing

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4784 SE 17th Ave
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 662-8325
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Ruse’s spacious taproom is jam-packed with wood: the bars, tables, walls and rafters are made of it, but behind them is a large stockpile of wooden barrels for aging. Although Ruse brews a range of beers, make no mistake; this brewery continually churns out some of the best hazies in Portland. Ruse has now re-opened their taproom, and are open Thursday through Sunday.

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14. Gigantic Brewing Company

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5224 SE 26th Ave
Portland, OR
(503) 208-3416
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Gigantic Brewing Company is another legend in Portland beer, and the company continues to pump out new and creative beers while also keeping folks coming back for the flagships. Gigantic is Portland beer done right, in every sense: The brewery makes the same classic West Coast IPAs that put Portland on the map, while not being so inexorable that brewers Van Havig and Ben Love are unwilling to adapt to changing trends or experiment. The taproom features eclectic artwork at every angle, and seating in the bar area, in the champagne room, or outside on the tented patio. Gigantic has also opened up a second space in Montavilla at Rocket Empire Machine called the Robot Room. Indoor and outdoor seating are available seven days a week, Beer lovers also have the option of getting beer to-go at both locations, or having it delivered directly to them.

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15. Zoiglhaus Brewing Company

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5716 SE 92nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266
(971) 339-2374
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Zoiglhaus’s great German-style beer hall is a standby for the Lents neighborhood, with plenty of board games, a play area for kids, as well as billiards, shuffleboard, and foosball for adults. The blue and white streamers launching upward above the bar to the giant skylight give drinkers the Oktoberfest vibe, and all the German style pub fare from schnitzel to sausage completes the theme. Those in need of a break from IPAs can check out the best Portland has to offer in cold-conditioned lagers and other obscure German styles. Patio seating is available seven days a week, and delivery orders can be made by phone or via Grubhub.

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16. Away Days Brewing Co

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1516 SE 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 206-4735
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Owners of the nearby Toffee Club, Pete Hopkins and Niki Diamond, moved into the former Scout Beer spot, bringing in former Alameda brewer Marshall Kunz to brew a wide range of styles. This pub feels bright and spacious despite its size, thanks to the roll-up doors and bright, minimalist decor. Though the European influence is evident in beers such as Bus Stop Bitter and Milner’s English Mild Ale, Away Days also brews ever-popular IPAs. Most recently, Away Days has teamed up with Deadstock Coffee for a coffee infused English-style brown ale called Dope Days. It is currently open Friday through Sunday for outdoor service and to-go.

1. Occidental Brewing Company

6635 N Baltimore Ave, Portland, OR

Back before St. Johns finally hit its long-anticipated growth spurt, the Occidental Brewing Company set up shop near the bridge and quietly started brewing some of the best German-style ales and lagers in town. It has currently released a collaboration with local newcomers Hammer & Stitch, a NW-style pilsner dry-hopped with Idaho 7. Occidental is open Friday and Saturday for to-go orders only in the form of cans and kegs, but is not filling growlers at this time. Drinkers can also place orders online.

6635 N Baltimore Ave
Portland, OR

2. Breakside Brewery

820 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR

Since its eponymous IPA was given the gold medal at the Great American Beer Fest in 2014, Breakside has been on a roll. Seven years later, the brewery shows no signs of stopping — it took home a lot of hardware at last year’s Oregon Beer Awards, taking down a total of 12 medals for its beers, and winning Large Brewery of the Year. Breakside is proving they can hang with the big boys when it comes to quantity, as well as quality. Visitors will find everything from sandwiches to tacos and nachos at Dekum and Slabtown brewpub locations, or just grab a brew at its Milwaukie location, where customers are encouraged to bring food, if they choose. The brewery is currently open from noon to 9 p.m. every day.

820 NE Dekum St
Portland, OR

3. Level Beer

5211 NE 148th Ave, Portland, OR 97230
Ron Scott/Eater

What was once a farm and produce market now houses some great beer and a whole ton of 8-bit style art. Though the most popular beers are hazy IPAs and pale ales such as Stable Genius and Pixelate Pale, respectively, this brewery also offers a range of beers from stouts to pilsners and everything in between. A handful of food trucks outside Level Beer give customers plenty of options, ranging from shawarma to burritos. The large greenhouse has a kids’ play area as well, so visitors should be aware that popping in on a weekend afternoon could lead to a tricky game of dodging energetic toddlers underfoot. It is currently open seven days a week.

5211 NE 148th Ave
Portland, OR 97230

4. Upright Brewing

240 N Broadway, Portland, OR

Pioneers in Oregon farmhouse-style ales, Upright brews farmhouse-inspired French and Belgian beers with a hint of Northwest influence. Located down a few flights of stairs in the Leftbank Building, this basement taproom is the sort of hidden hole-in-the-wall that attracts locals and visitors. In May, Upright will be expanding its taproom upstairs to offer more seating in a brighter space. It will soon release Woodwinds, a barrel-aged saison infused with poplar. The taproom is open only on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. for to-go orders, while delivery orders can be placed via the website.

240 N Broadway
Portland, OR

5. Culmination Brewing

2117 NE Oregon St, Portland, OR

Culmination has been in the beer game for years now, and the brewery is still proving its worth in this fierce market. The brewery has been celebrated for its hazy IPA Drone Logic, but Culmination offers great beer in a wide range of styles, from big boozy breakfast stouts to sour cherry ales. At this time, Culmination offers patio seating only in their large, heated tent, along with delivery through Road Beers PDX.

2117 NE Oregon St
Portland, OR

6. Von Ebert Brewing Pearl

131 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
People inside Von Ebert, sitting Ron Scott/Eater

After closing down the Fat Head’s franchise location in 2018, proprietor Tom Cook wasted no time in opening a new brewery in the same location. The Pearl brewpub menu keeps a regular roster of IPAs and hoppy pale ales at all times, but this location also regularly features wild farmhouse ales and spontaneously fermented sours brewed at the Glendoveer location. These bottle-conditioned beers can also be purchased to-go, and make great additions to any serious beer lover’s cellar. The food has a lot of wood smoke influence, and all meats are smoked in-house; the German beer hall-style interior encourages folks to move around more in the space and get to know one another. It is currently open seven days a week, and dine-in service has resumed.

131 NW 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

7. Wayfinder Beer

304 SE 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Outside entrance and deck of Wayfinder Brewery Ron Scott/Eater

Wayfinder opened in the fall of 2016, and the rest, they say, is history. The outdoor patio is one of the most popular gathering spots at any brewery in town, with ample seating, and a cozy fire pit for those not-so-warm evenings. Though they’re lager-focused, they still offer a few inventive IPAs and other, more obscure styles. Most recently, they’ve made waves in the local scene and online with their “Cold IPAs.” Locals rave about the simple-yet-focused pub fare, which includes a few vegan options as well, such as the popular cauliflower banh mi. It will reopen its pub April 2nd for service Friday through Sunday, and currently offers delivery through Road Beers PDX.

304 SE 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97214

8. Threshold Brewing & Blending

403 SE 79th Ave, Portland, OR 97215
A glass of beer sits in the forefront, patrons are seated behind Ron Scott/Eater

Located just off Stark Street in the heart of Montavilla, Threshold is barely two years old and already putting out impressive beers. Co-founders Jarek Szymanski and David Fuller first developed a following for their hazy IPAs, but now, Jarek and Sara Szymanski’s brewery has become the place to be for layered barrel-aged beers and nuanced farmhouse ales. The space is pretty simple, with picnic tables and a modest bar. Its beers are available to-go as well as via delivery through Road Beers PDX. Threshold has spaced-out indoor seating as well as patio seating.

403 SE 79th Ave
Portland, OR 97215

9. Cascade Brewing Barrel House

939 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR
Ron Scott/Eater

Cascade Brewing is not only a mainstay in Portland; it’s a serious powerhouse in the larger American sour scene. Though purchased from founder (and now-retiree) Art Larrance by a team of brewery and taproom owners, Cascade’s been using local fruit and wine barrels to make world-class sour ales for years. This shouldn’t be understated: this beer is world-renowned. The tap list is just north of 20, and popping bottles is also an option. The taproom is currently open every day except Monday and Tuesday and has small plates and sandwiches to crush alongside the beers.

939 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR

10. Hair of the Dog Brewing Company

61 SE Yamhill St, Portland, OR 97214
Ron Scott/Eater

With Hair of the Dog, Alan Sprints became one of the first brewers in America to specialize in bottle-conditioned and barrel-aged beers: The brewery is currently home to 180 oak barrels used to age beer anywhere from six months to eight years. The now 27-year-old brewpub offers the largest selection of vintage bottles available in the country; plus, its curated draft list features high-octane old ales and barleywines as well as IPAs of varying strength. Visitors to the pub can also opt for rotating, in-house-only cask ales “from the wood” or “from the egg,” the latter being a 476 gallon egg-shaped concrete fermenter used commonly in wine production. The taproom is currently closed, but Hair of The Dog’s beers can be found at various retail outlets in the meantime, and has recently begun to sell their vintage bottled beers on the website for curbside pickup.

61 SE Yamhill St
Portland, OR 97214

11. Baerlic Brewing

2235 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR
People sitting at the bar inside Baerlic Ron Scott/Eater

Baerlic, meaning “of barley” in Old English, produces a lineup of traditional standards, but also pushes boundaries in both its style and process, as exemplified by the omnipresent Dad Beer Lager and the seasonal Nice & Easy Salted Oat Gose. It’s an iconoclast in terms of its space, as well, opting for a sleek café aesthetic combined with an open ceiling concept and barrel storage in the taproom rather than the exposed brick and equipment look that dominates the brewery scene. Limited bar snacks are available, but customers are encouraged to bring or order food from neighboring restaurants. Baerlic has recently expanded into the former Blitz Sports Bar next door, and in a collaboration with Ranch PDX has opened a bright and spacious indoor pizza & beer garden, known as its “piehall.”

2235 SE 11th Ave
Portland, OR

12. Little Beast Brewing Beer Garden

3412 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
The exterior to LIttle Beast Brewing, lit up at night Ron Scott/Eater

Located in the former Lompoc Hedge House spot on Division Street in Southeast Portland, Little Beast is the brainchild of husband-and-wife team Charles Porter and Brenda Crow. The brewery’s name is a nod to the yeast and bacteria that makes the magic happen, so to speak: Little Beast sells a lot of small-batch, barrel-aged sours and mixed-fermentation ales in cans as well as bottles, so customers should be prepared to pick a few up to go. Crow’s menu features sandwiches and charcuterie (among other options), with cheeses chosen to complement the beers. The back patio is covered, heated, and is dog friendly. Little Beast is open seven days a week.

3412 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

13. Ruse Brewing

4784 SE 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97202
Ron Scott/Eater

Ruse’s spacious taproom is jam-packed with wood: the bars, tables, walls and rafters are made of it, but behind them is a large stockpile of wooden barrels for aging. Although Ruse brews a range of beers, make no mistake; this brewery continually churns out some of the best hazies in Portland. Ruse has now re-opened their taproom, and are open Thursday through Sunday.

4784 SE 17th Ave
Portland, OR 97202

14. Gigantic Brewing Company

5224 SE 26th Ave, Portland, OR
Ron Scott/Eater

Gigantic Brewing Company is another legend in Portland beer, and the company continues to pump out new and creative beers while also keeping folks coming back for the flagships. Gigantic is Portland beer done right, in every sense: The brewery makes the same classic West Coast IPAs that put Portland on the map, while not being so inexorable that brewers Van Havig and Ben Love are unwilling to adapt to changing trends or experiment. The taproom features eclectic artwork at every angle, and seating in the bar area, in the champagne room, or outside on the tented patio. Gigantic has also opened up a second space in Montavilla at Rocket Empire Machine called the Robot Room. Indoor and outdoor seating are available seven days a week, Beer lovers also have the option of getting beer to-go at both locations, or having it delivered directly to them.

5224 SE 26th Ave
Portland, OR

15. Zoiglhaus Brewing Company

5716 SE 92nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266
A tall glass of cold beer sits atop a bar Ron Scott/Eater

Zoiglhaus’s great German-style beer hall is a standby for the Lents neighborhood, with plenty of board games, a play area for kids, as well as billiards, shuffleboard, and foosball for adults. The blue and white streamers launching upward above the bar to the giant skylight give drinkers the Oktoberfest vibe, and all the German style pub fare from schnitzel to sausage completes the theme. Those in need of a break from IPAs can check out the best Portland has to offer in cold-conditioned lagers and other obscure German styles. Patio seating is available seven days a week, and delivery orders can be made by phone or via Grubhub.

5716 SE 92nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266

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16. Away Days Brewing Co

1516 SE 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Owners of the nearby Toffee Club, Pete Hopkins and Niki Diamond, moved into the former Scout Beer spot, bringing in former Alameda brewer Marshall Kunz to brew a wide range of styles. This pub feels bright and spacious despite its size, thanks to the roll-up doors and bright, minimalist decor. Though the European influence is evident in beers such as Bus Stop Bitter and Milner’s English Mild Ale, Away Days also brews ever-popular IPAs. Most recently, Away Days has teamed up with Deadstock Coffee for a coffee infused English-style brown ale called Dope Days. It is currently open Friday through Sunday for outdoor service and to-go.

1516 SE 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

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