With more than 65 breweries (and counting!) in Portland city limits, where is a beer-loving visitor to start? Thankfully, the city abounds with organized beer tours to help you see the sights and sip the suds. The following beer-centric walking, pedaling, bus and private tours are perfect for visitors in town for a few days or locals looking for a new way to experience Portland brews.
Downtown-centric walking tours from BeerQuest PDX include the basic Portland Brewery Tour as well as a Haunted Pub Crawl for anyone who prefers some “boo” in their beer. With less than a mile of walking, tours visit several locations and include two to six samples at each stop.
Brewvana’s three 14-passenger buses decked out with beer and Portland paraphernalia whisk thirsty passengers on regular tours of various breweries. The all-inclusive tours, offered daily, also include a souvenir Pilsner glass, pretzel necklaces, a beer journal and tasting guide, food and a knowledgeable guide.
Brews Cruise offers 2.5-hour, easy-paced bike tours that make stops at two local breweries. Along with a knowledgeable guide discussing Portland and its beers, the tour comes with a pint glass to take home, rain gear if needed and a third pint of Hopworks Urban Brewery beer upon return. Expect up to 6 miles (9.7 km) of leisurely riding along with plenty of sipping of local brews.
BrewCycle gives groups of 8-15 rider-drinkers (they don’t all have to be from the same party) a unique trip to four central-city breweries on a giant, Dutch-inspired pedal-powered vehicle. Tours begin and end at the BrewStop, the group’s Pearl District brewpub, featuring food, local beers on tap and happy hour deals. The company also offers a BrewBarge drinking experience on the Willamette River.
The Oregon Brewery Tour by Pedal Bike Tours offers leisurely, 3-hour tours of several of Portland’s many breweries. The 5-mile (8-km) tour rides pass by eight local brewpubs and finish with a pint of brew upon return.
Pedalounge offers scheduled, two-and-a-half hour tours of Southeast Portland breweries several days a week on their Dutch-inspired bicycle built for 15. Leader Lloyd gets groups rolling and lets them help determine which breweries to visit; they also offer private, custom group tours.