​The Beer Nirvana in Portland, Oregon

Do you love nothing better than discovering a truly amazing craft beer? Would a trip to beer nirvana really make your summer? If so, Portland needs to be on your road trip radar. Portland boasts more breweries than any other city in the entire world. Plus, it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump away from other fantastic brewing destinations along the picturesque Oregon coast. Think Eugene, Bend, and Hood River, to name just a few!
Best of all, Portland’s beer scene is constantly growing and evolving. That means there’s always something new to see and enjoy, even for someone who’s visited this iconic beer town in the past. The following are just a few of the essential breweries you can’t leave Portland without visiting.
  1. The Commons Brewery

If you love the idea of enjoying full-bodied brews in a classic farmhouse setting, you’ll love The Commons. Its new, more spacious location makes it easier for the brewery to accommodate its growing client base and increased distribution.

The Commons is home to some really unique beer classics, as well. Try the Urban Farmhouse Ale with its unusual floral bouquet or the deliciously dry Flemish Kiss! This is also a great place to partake in experimental options like a strawberry-tea infused ale if that’s more your thing.
  1. Cascade Brewing Barrel House

If you’re a fan of sour beers that are all the rage lately, treat yourself to a day at Cascade Brewing Barrel House. They feature 18 different taps behind the bar, each dispensing its own thrilling option for you to sample.
Try an apricot-infused beer, a sour beer laced with Bing cherry, and a variety of blended blonde ales aged to perfection. Don’t forget to visit the tasting room and score a vintage bottle or two to take home with you!

  1. Upright Brewery

Upright Brewery may not boast the most stunning location in the beer world; it’s actually in the basement of a multi-use building. However, you’d never know it from the incredibly intricate beers the masters here are cranking out. Think farmhouse beers that easily rival anything you’d find elsewhere in the United States!
Each fantastic brew comes to life in open-fermentation vessels reminiscent of old-school French brewing traditions. Enjoy a little bit of everything, from Upright’s famous numbered saison series to some truly experimental alternatives. There’s even a blend available called Special Herbs, a gruit—an herb mixture popular before the more prevalent use of hops—infused with elements like hyssop, peppercorn, lemongrass, and even orange peel.
  1. Gigantic Brewing Company

While Portland is a great town to visit when it comes to many beers, its true claim to fame is the IPA. Many a Portland brewery has some good ones to offer, but, if you’re an IPA lover, you need to pay Gigantic Brewing Company a visit. In fact, its flagship IPA is widely considered to be the very best one in all of Portland!
Don’t miss out on the more unusual offerings Gigantic brings to the table, though. They make a great Northwest-style pilsner with a unique citrus profile. Their tap room is really something to see as well. The entire space is decorated with lots of off-the-wall label art you have to see to believe. It’s big, colorful, and completely creative—just like every one of the beers that make this brewery awesome.

  1. Baerlic Brewing Company

Are you a big believer in an excellent brown ale? You won’t want to miss your chance to visit Baerlic Brewing Company. Their ales are malty and bold, just as a good brown ale should be. Their other beers are truly excellent as well. For instance, pilsner lovers won’t be able to get enough of Eastside, especially considering the unusual addition of raw oats.

There are lots of fascinating experimental beers to try here as well—very true to the spirit of Portland brewing! Think woody IPAs aged in unusual ways, among other offerings. The bar area is a sheer delight to visit, with its beautifully painted menu and unique atmosphere.

Of course, this just a small sampling of some of Portland’s very best when it comes to breweries and tasting rooms that think outside the box. Don’t be afraid to really explore the area and discover a few new ones of your own! Portland is nothing if not a wonderful place to have a delicious adventure.