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21 Breweries in Portland for Crisp, Cold Beer

Find the must-visit brewery taprooms in Portland

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| Molly J. Smith / Eater Portland

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 hats 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 dramatically changed the brewing scene in Portland, shutting down many breweries and taprooms across the city. It also birthed new breweries onto the scene, as veteran brewers and new hobbyists made pandemic pivots into their own businesses.

In our latest update, we’ve shuffled the list and narrowed it down to 21 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.

Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Occidental Brewing Company

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Back before St. Johns finally hit its long-anticipated growth spurt, Occidental Brewing Company set up shop near the bridge and quietly started brewing some of the best German-style ales and lagers in town. There is a large patio space with excellent views of Cathedral Park and the Willamette river. The patio is shared with the Urban German Wursthaus for those looking to pair their Maibock with a brat.

Hammer & Stitch Brewing Co.

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This Slabtown brewery from veteran Portland brewers Ben Dobler and Cameron Murphy debuted in 2020. Their mission to “keep it simple” is reflected in the brewery’s standard lineup of beers, simply named the lager, the IPA, the weizen, the pale, the porter, and the amber. Fans of dark or even light beer will be intrigued by the brewery’s porter, which omits roasted malt and is lighter than a typical beer of its style. A recent visit also found super crushable limited edition brews like a pomegranate sour and raspberry gose. The food menu includes things like habanero-cheddar wings and vegan patty melts.

Sasquatch Brewing Co.

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Long a neighborhood haunt for Portlanders in the West Hills, in recent years Sasquatch Brewing has been making inroads in the larger Portland beer scene, popping up in bottle shops, taprooms, and winning a gold at the Oregon Beer Awards in the hoppy lager category. The brewery also dominated direct-to-consumer beer sales during the pandemic, creating an in-house delivery team that dropped beers on thirsty Portlanders’ doors through 2020 and 2021. Like most Pacific Northwest breweries, Sasquatch’s tap list is full of hoppy IPAs and lagers, but the brewery also brews cider under the name New West Cider, which is available at the flagship Hillsdale brewpub and the Northwest Portland taproom.

Breakside Brewery

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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. Eight years later, the brewery shows no signs of stopping — it took home a lot of hardware at this year’s Oregon Beer Awards, nabbing a total of 12 medals for its beers and winning Large Brewery of the Year. Visitors will find everything from sandwiches to tacos and nachos at Slabtown and Dekum brewpub locations, or just grab a brew at its Milwaukie location, where customers are encouraged to bring food, if they choose.

Ecliptic Brewing

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In the saturated and competitive Portland craft beer market, it can be helpful for breweries to find a niche to help separate them from the competition. For Ecliptic Brewing, that niche is “space.” But besides naming most of the beers after celestial bodies, the team at Ecliptic is wide open stylistically. Ecliptic won gold at the 2022 Oregon Beer Awards for the triple-dry-hopped Orange Giant barleywine, and receives frequent accolades for its IPAs and lagers.

Upright Brewing

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Pioneers in Oregon farmhouse-style ales, Upright brews French- and Belgian-style 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. Limited releases often rely on cool, somewhat-uncommon brewing techniques, from a saison with a wisp of late-harvest gewürztraminer to a mixed-fermentation, old cask gose finished with lobster mushrooms. The taproom is open daily, with tasting space indoors and out.

Wayfinder Beer

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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 it’s lager-focused, Wayfinder still offers a few inventive IPAs and other, more obscure styles. Most recently, the brewery made waves in the local scene and online with its “Cold IPAs.” Locals rave about the simple-yet-focused pub fare, which includes a few vegan options, such as the popular cauliflower banh mi. The brewery also hosts summer pop-ups, with Matta Mondays and Tastebud Pizza Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Cascade Brewing Barrel House

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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 taproom offers small plates and sandwiches to crush alongside the beers.

Away Days Brewing Co

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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 debuted its Great British Pale Ale, brewed with Olicana hops.

Baerlic Brewing

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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 Dark Thoughts Black IPA, which is 6.66 percent ABV. 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 along with a faux-hedge obscuring a section of booth seating. Baerlic shares a space with square pizza mecca Ranch PDX at the southeast taproom.

Mutantis Brewery & Bottle Shop

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Nestled on Dekum, Portland’s self-described “gluten-free beer geek paradise” is a trailblazer in the gluten-free beer scene, brewing distinctive ales and lagers that push beyond the typical offerings of gluten-free breweries — think: Mochi Donut Sesame Porter and Oyster Mushroom Stout. Founder Jason Yerger, former brewmaster at Seattle’s Ghostfish Brewing, opened Mutantis in early 2021 as a bottle shop and began brewing operations in March 2021. As part of its mission to advance the overall gluten-free beer scene in Portland, Mutantis publishes all its recipes online under a creative commons license, and is transparent about its malt sources. The brewery also carries bottles and cans from Portland’s four other dedicated gluten-free breweries, in addition to several rotating guest taps. Mutantis does not serve food, but does share a space with Tamale Boy Dekum.

Culmination Brewing

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Culmination has been in the beer game for years now, celebrated for its hazy IPAs, but Culmination offers great beer in a wide range of styles, from big boozy breakfast stouts to sour cherry ales. Culmination’s transparency about hop sourcing is ideal for IPA aficionados, but the brewery’s range of fruited beers are particularly special. The Kerns brewery offers indoor seating as well as a covered and heated patio.

Great Notion Brewing

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Perhaps the notion referenced in Great Notion Brewing’s name is the idea to focus a brewery almost entirely on hazy IPAs and culinary-inspired sours and stouts. It is a multifaceted niche that would strike many as an odd choice for Portland’s west coast IPA-heavy tastes, but Great Notion has found great success in its niche, expanding from one taproom on Alberta to three in Portland and two in Seattle; the brewery has received multiple accolades at the Great American Brew Fest and the Oregon Beer Awards. At the Alberta, Northwest, and Beaverton locations, customers can pick up oak-barrel-aged, fruited sours, bourbon barrel-aged stouts, and fruit-forward hazy IPAs alongside modern pub fare like fried chicken, kale salads, and grilled seafood.

Steeplejack Brewing Company

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A relative newcomer on the scene, Steeplejack debuted its pub-style brewery in a 111-year-old church in July 2021. Just one year into the game, the brewery has expanded vigorously, opening Steeplejack Pizza and Beer in Hillsdale and a third location in Hillsboro. With brewmaster Anna Buxton at the helm, the brewery won a gold for its Alewife mild-dark English style beer and best new brewery at the 2022 Oregon Beer Awards. The Broadway location hosts live music every Thursday and serves pastries and coffee every morning.

Gigantic Brewing Company

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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 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, and beer lovers also have the option of getting beer to-go at both locations.

Little Beast Brewing

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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-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. Little Beast currently hosts Lawless Barbecue in the kitchen space, dishing out Kansas City barbecue like brisket burnt ends. The back patio is covered, heated, and is dog friendly. Little Beast also operates a tasting room in Clackamas, on highway 212.

Leikam Brewing

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A trip to Leikam Brewing feels more like knocking a few back at a friend’s place rather than a big night out, and it’s no wonder, as the brewery takes up residence in a converted house. From the bar in the “living room” to the laidback front porch and the cozy side patio, drinkers are made to feel at home while sipping on pints with pop culture monikers like Haziana Grande and Janis Hoplin. A pupusa plate from onsite food cart Salvi makes for a good pairing with the brewery’s Tajín-rimmed michelada, made with 8 Days A Wheat, a za’atar and sumac-infused beer. Check the brewery’s Instagram for regular events like comedy nights, trivia, and sip ‘n’ sketch.

Assembly Brewing

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Assembly Brewing co-owner George Johnson founded the Assembly in 2019 on the belief that well-brewed beer should be accessible and straightforward. Assembly’s beers are often simply called “Amber,” “Kolsch,” or “Pale,” to reflect this vision, and they sell for just five dollars per pint at the Foster-Powell brewpub. The well-crafted beers are true to style and brewed with attention to detail. They pair perfectly with the brewpub’s Detroit-style pizza, which comes in a smaller two person size or a larger family size.

Threshold Brewing & Blending

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Located just off Stark Street in the heart of Montavilla, Threshold is a relatively new arrival 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. Open daily, Threshold has spaced-out indoor seating as well as patio seating.

Zoiglhaus Brewing Company

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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. If patrons sit at one of several long communal tables in the middle of the pub, they can order a liter-sized stein of any beer for just $6.

Level Beer

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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.

Occidental Brewing Company

Back before St. Johns finally hit its long-anticipated growth spurt, Occidental Brewing Company set up shop near the bridge and quietly started brewing some of the best German-style ales and lagers in town. There is a large patio space with excellent views of Cathedral Park and the Willamette river. The patio is shared with the Urban German Wursthaus for those looking to pair their Maibock with a brat.

Hammer & Stitch Brewing Co.

This Slabtown brewery from veteran Portland brewers Ben Dobler and Cameron Murphy debuted in 2020. Their mission to “keep it simple” is reflected in the brewery’s standard lineup of beers, simply named the lager, the IPA, the weizen, the pale, the porter, and the amber. Fans of dark or even light beer will be intrigued by the brewery’s porter, which omits roasted malt and is lighter than a typical beer of its style. A recent visit also found super crushable limited edition brews like a pomegranate sour and raspberry gose. The food menu includes things like habanero-cheddar wings and vegan patty melts.

Sasquatch Brewing Co.

Long a neighborhood haunt for Portlanders in the West Hills, in recent years Sasquatch Brewing has been making inroads in the larger Portland beer scene, popping up in bottle shops, taprooms, and winning a gold at the Oregon Beer Awards in the hoppy lager category. The brewery also dominated direct-to-consumer beer sales during the pandemic, creating an in-house delivery team that dropped beers on thirsty Portlanders’ doors through 2020 and 2021. Like most Pacific Northwest breweries, Sasquatch’s tap list is full of hoppy IPAs and lagers, but the brewery also brews cider under the name New West Cider, which is available at the flagship Hillsdale brewpub and the Northwest Portland taproom.

Breakside Brewery

Since its eponymous IPA was given the gold medal at the Great American Beer Fest in 2014, Breakside has been on a roll. Eight years later, the brewery shows no signs of stopping — it took home a lot of hardware at this year’s Oregon Beer Awards, nabbing a total of 12 medals for its beers and winning Large Brewery of the Year. Visitors will find everything from sandwiches to tacos and nachos at Slabtown and Dekum brewpub locations, or just grab a brew at its Milwaukie location, where customers are encouraged to bring food, if they choose.

Ecliptic Brewing

In the saturated and competitive Portland craft beer market, it can be helpful for breweries to find a niche to help separate them from the competition. For Ecliptic Brewing, that niche is “space.” But besides naming most of the beers after celestial bodies, the team at Ecliptic is wide open stylistically. Ecliptic won gold at the 2022 Oregon Beer Awards for the triple-dry-hopped Orange Giant barleywine, and receives frequent accolades for its IPAs and lagers.

Upright Brewing

Pioneers in Oregon farmhouse-style ales, Upright brews French- and Belgian-style 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. Limited releases often rely on cool, somewhat-uncommon brewing techniques, from a saison with a wisp of late-harvest gewürztraminer to a mixed-fermentation, old cask gose finished with lobster mushrooms. The taproom is open daily, with tasting space indoors and out.

Wayfinder Beer

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 it’s lager-focused, Wayfinder still offers a few inventive IPAs and other, more obscure styles. Most recently, the brewery made waves in the local scene and online with its “Cold IPAs.” Locals rave about the simple-yet-focused pub fare, which includes a few vegan options, such as the popular cauliflower banh mi. The brewery also hosts summer pop-ups, with Matta Mondays and Tastebud Pizza Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Cascade Brewing Barrel House

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 taproom offers small plates and sandwiches to crush alongside the beers.

Away Days Brewing Co

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 debuted its Great British Pale Ale, brewed with Olicana hops.

Baerlic Brewing

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 Dark Thoughts Black IPA, which is 6.66 percent ABV. 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 along with a faux-hedge obscuring a section of booth seating. Baerlic shares a space with square pizza mecca Ranch PDX at the southeast taproom.

Mutantis Brewery & Bottle Shop

Nestled on Dekum, Portland’s self-described “gluten-free beer geek paradise” is a trailblazer in the gluten-free beer scene, brewing distinctive ales and lagers that push beyond the typical offerings of gluten-free breweries — think: Mochi Donut Sesame Porter and Oyster Mushroom Stout. Founder Jason Yerger, former brewmaster at Seattle’s Ghostfish Brewing, opened Mutantis in early 2021 as a bottle shop and began brewing operations in March 2021. As part of its mission to advance the overall gluten-free beer scene in Portland, Mutantis publishes all its recipes online under a creative commons license, and is transparent about its malt sources. The brewery also carries bottles and cans from Portland’s four other dedicated gluten-free breweries, in addition to several rotating guest taps. Mutantis does not serve food, but does share a space with Tamale Boy Dekum.

Culmination Brewing

Culmination has been in the beer game for years now, celebrated for its hazy IPAs, but Culmination offers great beer in a wide range of styles, from big boozy breakfast stouts to sour cherry ales. Culmination’s transparency about hop sourcing is ideal for IPA aficionados, but the brewery’s range of fruited beers are particularly special. The Kerns brewery offers indoor seating as well as a covered and heated patio.

Great Notion Brewing

Perhaps the notion referenced in Great Notion Brewing’s name is the idea to focus a brewery almost entirely on hazy IPAs and culinary-inspired sours and stouts. It is a multifaceted niche that would strike many as an odd choice for Portland’s west coast IPA-heavy tastes, but Great Notion has found great success in its niche, expanding from one taproom on Alberta to three in Portland and two in Seattle; the brewery has received multiple accolades at the Great American Brew Fest and the Oregon Beer Awards. At the Alberta, Northwest, and Beaverton locations, customers can pick up oak-barrel-aged, fruited sours, bourbon barrel-aged stouts, and fruit-forward hazy IPAs alongside modern pub fare like fried chicken, kale salads, and grilled seafood.

Steeplejack Brewing Company

A relative newcomer on the scene, Steeplejack debuted its pub-style brewery in a 111-year-old church in July 2021. Just one year into the game, the brewery has expanded vigorously, opening Steeplejack Pizza and Beer in Hillsdale and a third location in Hillsboro. With brewmaster Anna Buxton at the helm, the brewery won a gold for its Alewife mild-dark English style beer and best new brewery at the 2022 Oregon Beer Awards. The Broadway location hosts live music every Thursday and serves pastries and coffee every morning.

Gigantic Brewing Company

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 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, and beer lovers also have the option of getting beer to-go at both locations.

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Little Beast Brewing

Located in the former Lompoc Hedge House spot on Division Street in Southeast Portland, Little Beast is the brainchild of husband-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. Little Beast currently hosts Lawless Barbecue in the kitchen space, dishing out Kansas City barbecue like brisket burnt ends. The back patio is covered, heated, and is dog friendly. Little Beast also operates a tasting room in Clackamas, on highway 212.

Leikam Brewing

A trip to Leikam Brewing feels more like knocking a few back at a friend’s place rather than a big night out, and it’s no wonder, as the brewery takes up residence in a converted house. From the bar in the “living room” to the laidback front porch and the cozy side patio, drinkers are made to feel at home while sipping on pints with pop culture monikers like Haziana Grande and Janis Hoplin. A pupusa plate from onsite food cart Salvi makes for a good pairing with the brewery’s Tajín-rimmed michelada, made with 8 Days A Wheat, a za’atar and sumac-infused beer. Check the brewery’s Instagram for regular events like comedy nights, trivia, and sip ‘n’ sketch.

Assembly Brewing

Assembly Brewing co-owner George Johnson founded the Assembly in 2019 on the belief that well-brewed beer should be accessible and straightforward. Assembly’s beers are often simply called “Amber,” “Kolsch,” or “Pale,” to reflect this vision, and they sell for just five dollars per pint at the Foster-Powell brewpub. The well-crafted beers are true to style and brewed with attention to detail. They pair perfectly with the brewpub’s Detroit-style pizza, which comes in a smaller two person size or a larger family size.

Threshold Brewing & Blending

Located just off Stark Street in the heart of Montavilla, Threshold is a relatively new arrival 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. Open daily, Threshold has spaced-out indoor seating as well as patio seating.

Zoiglhaus Brewing Company

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. If patrons sit at one of several long communal tables in the middle of the pub, they can order a liter-sized stein of any beer for just $6.

Level Beer

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.

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