Brewpubs aren’t the only sources for local beer in town. Most Portland bars, even the most unassuming corner taverns, offer some local suds, but these favorites focus on beers made in Portland and the Northwest, and let you sample offerings from multiple breweries in one visit.
The Horse Brass Pub on Southeast Belmont was one of the first to serve local beers on tap — and it’s still a stalwart, serving 50+ draft selections from Portland breweries like Hair of the Dog, Hopworks and Base Camp, as well as regional and international beers. Nearby, Belmont Station stocks 1,300 beers (including 300 from Oregon), and its accompanying “biercafe” has 20+ rotating taps and Italian-inspired food from an on-site food cart. Belmont Station hosts myriad events, including July’s Puckerfest, dedicated to sour beers.
On Southeast Division, Apex Beer Bar has a lovely beer garden, four pinball machines and 50 craft beers on tap, from regional favorites to Belgian and German imports — all listed on the digital beer menu. Across the street, The Beer Mongers stocks 525 bottles and has eight taps pouring local and regional brews.
The Rogue Brewing-owned Green Dragon is almost like a permanent beer festival, offering 62 rotating taps, frequent meet-the-brewer events and Buckman Botanical Brewery on-site. Nearby, the almost-impossible-to-Google shop Beer has walls lined with Old World beer paraphernalia, refrigerators filled with 100 carefully selected bottles and 10 taps pouring a rotating selection of brews.
North Portland’s Saraveza Bottle Shop is owned by a former Wisconsinite, and it shows — from the pasties (meat pies) on the menu to the Packers on the TV. In addition to all of this Midwest flavor, Saraveza offers a huge selection of bottled beers and rotating tap selections with a West Coast bent.
In the Pearl District, don’t miss Henry’s Tavern, which occupies the building that started life in 1908 as the historic Blitz-Weinhard Brewery. The restaurant and bar offer more than 100 draft beers, from pilsners to porters. Nearby, and within easy walking distance of downtown hotels, Bailey’s Taproom has 20 ever-changing taps that span beer styles and emphasize Oregon breweries. Also downtown, Yard House offers more than 40 local and regional beers on tap, plus limited and seasonal offerings — all available in shorty, pint or yard pours.