With more than 70 breweries in Portland, it can be tough to pin down where to go for happy hour. But if you’re in the mood for great beer and a fantastic meal, try these spots that serve the best brewery food in Portland.
Ex Novo Brewing Company
Don’t fill up on your appetizer of dan dan fries, topped with pulled pork and Szechuan sauce, at Ex Novo. You’ll want to save room for dinner from their seasonal menu, which bounces between gourmet restaurant and traditional pub offerings. Classics like fish and chips stand alongside unique palate pleasers like the smoked beet Reuben and fried chicken donut sliders. Plus, you’re eating for a good cause! Ex Novo is the first nonprofit brewery in the country, donating 100% of net profits to local charities like Mercy Corps and Impact NW.
Satisfy your comfort food cravings with a perfect block of grilled, gooey mac ‘n’ cheese from the Cheese Annex, the permanent pop-up inside Commons Brewery. Cheese boards ranging from “stinky” to “blue” pair perfectly with the Commons’ European-style beers. Also on the menu: creamy fondue, classic sandwiches like the grinder (filled with enough hot capicola and spicy Calabrese salami to make you sweat) and meat boards featuring charcuterie from Olympia Provisions.
Fire on the Mountain
Nothing goes better with a Fire on the Mountain Shocks of Sheba IPA than a basket of their flaming-hot wings. The free-range wings (in regular, boneless and vegan varieties) come smothered in sauces like raspberry habanero or buffalo lime cilantro. Dislike messy fingers? Opt for a barbecue chicken sandwich or a spicy Thai salad — you’ll get the a saucy experience, minus the extra napkins.
10 Barrel Brewing
Classic pub grub gets elevated at 10 Barrel Brewing, where a simple burger becomes a gustatory delight with the addition of chipotle aioli, white cheddar cheese and bacon apple jam. Share a plate of steak and gorgonzola nachos with friends while lounging on the spacious rooftop patio, or devour a generously adorned, 10-inch gluten-free pizza all by yourself between sips of 10 Barrel’s award-winning beer.
As Oregon’s oldest craft brewery, Bridgeport Brewing has set the standard for high-quality pub fare for all. Vegetarian, dairy-free or gluten-intolerant? Try the vegan bowl with quinoa, beans, veggies and cashew sauce, or the Wallace burger with smoked tofu and chia cheese. Meat-lovers will enjoy succulent house-made brats, smoked Alaskan salmon and shepherd’s pie stuffed with porter-braised beef, lamb and root vegetables.