Portland breweries, with a spotlight on microbreweries and micropubs, are a large part of this city's landscape. In fact, Portland has 39 breweries, all within the Portland city limits. Making and drinking beer around here has become not only quite the social scene, but has stirred many an entrepreneurial spirit.
Here's a pop quiz: What state has the most breweries in the entire country? Portland, Oregon, of course!
Who was named America's #1 Best Beer City by Travel + Leisure? Portland again! You're really good at this! ;)
At the rate that Portland microbreweries appear, if prohibition were instituted again, our economy would take a hefty hit in the back pocket, not to mention leave a good many people crying in their beers (or lack thereof).
With our climate as it is, it's conditions are perfect for the growing of hops and barley which then is transformed into the brews that have made Portland famous around the entire country.
The brewery business hit the streets, running, in 1985 when the Oregon legislature passed a law that enabled brewers to peddle their barley and hops concoctions directly to the thirsty public.
Two brothers, Mike and Brian McMenamin, saw opportunity when it knocked and opened a local tavern and brewery, which has rapidly spread into over 50 such establishments. Many other business people took the cue and a trend was born to greatness. Portland now boasts the largest craft brewing market in the United States.
Not only are Portland breweries putting out beer by the barrels, but, in true Portland style, they're sinking money back into the community, continuing to make the Rose City the great place that it is.
When you patronize a pub here, you're not walking into a seedy joint of sea captains and rough and rowdies. You'll find bright and welcoming places, serving many variations of beer to choose from (like ordering your double latte with soy milk and blah blah blah), with the added treat of a full-menu of edible delights.
Of course, not all microbreweries and micropubs carry the same things, but that tends to be the overall feel of it.
The Portland breweries and pubs often go out of their way to be family-friendly and, as long as they also double as a restaurant, children are allowed in up until 10pm.
On top of all the Portland pubs, we have events each year, such as the Holiday Ale Festival,Widmer Oktoberfest, and the Oregon Brewer's Festival, celebrating our Portland brew and the beer drinkers who loves it.
If you fall into that category, you're going to be in Portland Brewery Heaven here! ;)
If you are the proud owner of an Android Smartphone, check out the Portland Breweries app in your Android Market. It uses Google Maps to pinpoint all The Portland craft breweries throughout the city. Never miss a spot to down a cold brew ever again! ;)
Below is a growing list of some really great microbreweries and pubs around the Portland area. Enjoy!
MORE TO COME.....
Tell us about your favorite place in Portland to grab a brewskie? What is the attraction? Do they have a good selection? What types of foods are served? Are the prices good? Let us know so we can join you. ;)