With nearly 80 breweries in Portland alone, you certainly don’t need to leave the city to find great beer. But if you’re up for an adventure, these 13 breweries — all less than an hour away — are worth the drive.
Breweries southwest of Portland
Wolves and People Farmhouse Brewery
Part of what makes Portland’s beer scene great is the wide range of provincial styles available in our mini-metropolis. That’s why Newberg’s Wolves and People seems like a novelty: a farmhouse brewery actually located in a farmhouse! More surprising than a brewery in wine country, though, are the diverse ingredients in Wolves and People’s rustic, unpretentious beers. The Postman Spelt Pale Ale matches the grain with a rotating cast of citrusy hops for a light, sessionable quencher. Meanwhile, the Fig Getit updates traditional Belgian fig beers by fermenting a wheat and rye saison with wild yeast on fresh figs.
Dundee’s Deception Brewing Co. and Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Brewing both serve their handcrafted ales in the heart of wine country. Closer in, Sherwood’s Two Kilts specializes in India pale ales and Scotch ales, while Max’s Fanno Creek Brew Pub in Tigard crafts 10 beers on the premises.
Breweries southeast of Portland
Oregon City United Brewers
Traditional Irish-style Feckin Brewing joined forces with fellow upstarts Shattered Oak Brewing and Batch One Brewing in 2016 to form Oregon City United Brewers. Three of the most promising breweries in the metro area consolidating into one taproom was good news for beer lovers. The sparkling new watering hole is as welcoming as the nearby end of the Oregon Trail. The standout on the beer list is Top Of The Feckin’ Morning, an imperial milk porter, brewed with vanilla beans and coffee and aged in Eastside Distilling bourbon barrels.
Find a selection of Northwest brews — including a handful brewed on-site — at Oregon City Brewing. Coin Toss Brewing joins the Oregon City beer scene with its 10-barrel brewhouse and taproom pouring flagship Black Hohl CDA.
Breweries east of Portland
Boring Brewing Co.
This tiny operation east of Portland in Boring epitomizes the concept of nano-brewery, brewing just four barrels at a time. Boring Brewing Co. brewer John Griffin’s focus on quality over quantity ensures fresh pints that outshine the town’s unfortunate name. Scotch bonnet peppers tickle the throat and clear the sinuses in the Hot Scotch, a powerful and heat-forward Scottish ale. The Boring RyPA is among the most balanced local takes on IPA, melding peppery rye with bright Northwest hops. The pint-sized taproom is perfect for grabbing a growler on your way to the river or taking a breather while cycling the Springwater Corridor.
Further east in Sandy, Bunsenbrewer is the product of a biochemist turned brewer. A scientific theme pervades the tap house, from the lab tables and stools to the names of the beers.
Breweries west of Portland
A quick detour off Highway 26 takes you to Forest Grove, where the place for beer is undoubtedly Waltz Brewing. Their formidable tap list usually offers at least eight Waltz beers, in addition to plenty more from around the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Even more impressive than the 21-tap array is the space itself: a warm, inviting room full of reclaimed wood. (It took the owners two months just to clear the building, a 30-year-old industrial storage unit, of debris.) Weekly live music and cheap used vinyl for sale can stretch this pit stop into a relaxing afternoon.