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.Read More