Discovering Portland's Craft Beer Scene

Discovering Portland's Craft Beer Scene

  • Emily Corning
  • 06/10/24

Portland, Oregon, affectionately known as "Beervana," is celebrated for its vibrant craft beer scene. The city offers an abundance of breweries, cozy tasting rooms, and exciting beer festivals that highlight the creativity and craftsmanship of local brewers. This summer, one of the most anticipated events is Portland Beer Week, a must-attend for beer enthusiasts. Let's dive into the heart of Portland's craft beer culture and what you can expect from this year's Portland Beer Week.

Breweries and Tasting Rooms

Deschutes Brewery

Founded in 1988, Deschutes Brewery is a cornerstone of Portland's beer landscape. Known for their consistently high-quality brews, Deschutes offers a variety of beers from the rich Black Butte Porter to the refreshing Fresh Squeezed IPA. Their downtown Portland pub is the perfect spot to enjoy a pint and some delicious food.

Hair of the Dog Brewing Company

Established in 1993, Hair of the Dog Brewing Company has gained a cult following for its strong, barrel-aged beers. Their innovative brews like Adam, a robust old-world ale, and Fred, a golden special ale, showcase their creative approach. The intimate tasting room provides a cozy setting to savor their complex beers.

Breakside Brewery

Breakside Brewery is known for its experimental approach, constantly pushing the boundaries with new and exciting flavors. With several locations around Portland, including their flagship brewpub in the Dekum neighborhood, Breakside offers award-winning IPAs, barrel-aged sours, and inventive seasonal releases.

Cascade Brewing Barrel House

Cascade Brewing Barrel House is a must-visit for fans of sour beers. Specializing in Northwest-style sour ales, Cascade has perfected the art of blending and aging beers in oak barrels. Their tart and fruity creations, like Kriek and Apricot Ale, offer a unique tasting experience that sour beer aficionados will love.

Portland Beer Week (June 14-23, 2024)

Portland Beer Week is a ten-day celebration that encompasses a multitude of events across the city. It highlights the creativity and craftsmanship of Portland’s brewers through a variety of activities, tastings, and educational opportunities.

Events During Portland Beer Week
  • Pizza Party Kickoff: Enjoy a perfect pairing of Portland’s best pizzas with a curated selection of craft beers.

  • Make Your Own IPA Ice Cream: A unique event where participants can create their own IPA-flavored ice cream, combining two beloved treats in one.

  • Brewers Burger Brawl: Local brewers compete to craft the best burger, each paired with their own beer, showcasing the culinary creativity that complements their brewing skills.

These events, among many others, offer a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in Portland’s craft beer culture, interact with brewers, and taste exclusive brews crafted specifically for the festival​ (Portland Beer Week)​​ (Portland Craft Beer Festival)​.

Portland's craft beer scene is a dynamic and ever-evolving landscape that continues to inspire and delight. Whether you're exploring the city's renowned breweries, sipping on a pint in a cozy tasting room, or participating in Portland Beer Week, you’ll find a rich and diverse beer culture that is sure to satisfy any palate. Mark your calendars for Portland Beer Week this summer and experience the best of what Portland has to offer. Cheers!

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