While I knew Portland had a wide range of breweries I have to say that I didn’t think I would visit nearly as many as I did both for drinks and a good meal. I’m not the biggest beer fan, while I like it I would much rather order a glass of wine, but Portland was one of those places where I just had to keep trying the local beers.
My Favorite Spot
One of my favorite spots I found was a little further out of downtown but it’s very easy to get to with public transit: Moon & Sixpence British Pub. When you first walk in it’s a bit of a dark divey pub but then you take a walk through the back and they have a beer garden style patio. This was a great spot for a sunny afternoon and had a good selection of both local and national craft beers. Beyond that the bartenders were well informed and helpful. I was trying to get a good flavor of the local beer and they led me to some of the local styles that worked for my pallet.
Brews & Music
My first night in town we spent walking around the Goose Hollow and Nob Hill Districts. These spots are full of local restaurants, bars, movie theaters and of course breweries. One thing I really enjoyed about Portland is how clear it is that they support local businesses. It was easy to enjoy the city, try many new things and know you don’t have to stop into any of the major chains. While there are chains I enjoy, traveling is about trying something new and different, getting to know a what a place is about. In Portland it was not effort at all to do this.
On this first night we walked by Kells Brew Pub and just had to pop in when we heard the music flowing out the door. We’d already eaten but otherwise I would have loved to dig into their menu. At Kells I was able to try some of their own beers and they had a range that appeased both mine and my brother’s pallets, which are drastically different. We enjoyed the live music at a volume that still let us catch up. I could definitely see myself frequenting this spot if I were local.
Grub & some tasting
One of the big stops we made while touring the breweries was Deschutes Brewery and Public House. What I will start with is on a Saturday afternoon this place was packed. We spent a little bit stalking the bar and eventually found a spot for two. There we were able to do two different tasting flights. This allowed us to get a good feel for the beers and I have to say they were pretty tasty. While the place was busy we never felt rushed, and even in the packed bar the service was good. We also enjoyed a few bar snacks including a delicious pretzel. This place was packed not because of the name but because of the quality beer, food and service.
All three of these spots are places I would like to explore for a second time and hope you have the chance to go and let me know what you think. If you’re interested in the other places I enjoyed in Portland click here for my “things to do list”.