Portland boasts more breweries per capita than anywhere else on earth — and the hits just keep coming. In 2015, Beervana welcomed several new microbrewers. Here are our favorites.
10 Barrel Brewing
Highly anticipated Bend, Oregon-based operation 10 Barrel Brewing opened a spacious outpost in Portland’s Pearl District, a quick streetcar ride from downtown. Toast the new pub with pints of the piney Apocalypse IPA, 10 Barrel’s flagship brew, or a brand new Belgian from the city’s first female head brewer, Whitney Burnside.
Nanobrewery BackPedal (conveniently located next door to 10 Barrel Brewing in the Pearl) doubles as the headquarters of BrewCycle, a fun-loving tour company that leads visitors on brewpub crawls via giant 15-seat, pedal-powered vehicles. No time for a tour? Settle for a sudsy, cycle-themed BackPedal creation, like the Pump Head Pale or 1st Gear IPA.
Using an innovative digital brewing system, brewers at sophisticated Culmination Brewing crank out 3-4 beer styles in a single day, giving them lots of opportunities to experiment with different varieties. There are always fresh events on tap, too — the locally owned brewery hosts engaging events like live music, small business classes and special dinners. Stop in on Sunday nights for beer and cheese mac and other nourishing comfort food from pop-up eatery Of Roots and Blooms.
Great Notion Brewing
The Alberta Arts District’s newest brewery, Great Notion Brewing took over the former Mash Tun Brewpub space in late 2015. Helmed by two homebrewers-turned-pros, Great Notion specializes in fruity IPAs and creative sour ales blended with Oregon summer fruits and aged in oak barrels for up to two years. We’re already looking forward to a summer spent sipping Juice Box Double IPA over a game on the bocce ball court.
A new project by Portland Kettle Works (a company that crafts equipment for many local breweries), this cutting-edge brew lab is the first of its kind in the city. Rather than employing its own brewers, The Labrewatory serves as a testing ground for sudsy new experiments from creative minds all over the country. Visit the 50-seat taproom for a taste of Pale Ale from local Lompoc Brewing, an Abbey Dubbel from New York or anything in between.
Tucked away in Southeast Portland’s up-and-coming Lents neighborhood, this new brewery is thoroughly German-inspired, from its traditional brewing techniques to the name Zoiglhaus itself, which refers to a European communal brewing system. No lederhosen are necessary, however, to chow down on schnitzel, spaetzle and oversized soft pretzels paired with a Cologne-style kolsch or spicy hefeweizen.