A recent wave of trendsetting eateries, micro-distilleries and coffee roasters has helped transform the Central Eastside from an industrial hub to the epicenter of Portland’s creative scene. With eight breweries and counting, this bustling neighborhood practically overflows with award-winning suds. Use this itinerary to build your own brewpub crawl.
Base Camp Brewing Company
Adventure awaits at Base Camp, where a love of the outdoors shines through, from the carabiner-adorned taps to the aluminum-bottled brews (all the better to be stuffed in a backpack) to the beers themselves — the S’mores Stout, served with a flame toasted marshmallow, is a house favorite. Don’t miss the expansive patio, dotted with fire pits and flanked by top-notch food carts.
Cascade Brewing Barrel House
Founded in 1998, Cascade Brewing has pioneered Portland’s sour beer movement with pucker-worthy releases like Blackcap Raspberry and Honey Ginger Lime. But if your taste tends towards classic beer styles, you’ll also find lagers, stouts and IPAs to enjoy at this eastside barrel house.
Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery
Rogue Eastside Pub‘s whopping 62 taps landed the Green Dragon (its pilot nano-brewery) on Imbibe Magazine’s list of “100 Best Places to Drink in America.” Owned by Rogue Ales, this meeting hall hosts Green Dragon’s weekly beer release parties (every Wednesday at 6 p.m.), “Meet the Brewer” nights, local Rogue brews, and Buckman Botanical Brewery, beloved for its apple beer and ginger pale ale. Every Wednesday at 6 p.m., the nano-scale pilot brewing company Green Dragon releases new small-batch beers at Rogue.
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub – Hawthorne
Dating to the mid-1990s, Lucky Lab’s rustic flagship location helped bolster Portland’s microbrew boom. The pub features a dozen rotating taps, delicious double chicken bento and a very pooch-friendly back patio.
Ground Breaker Brewing
Formerly known as Harvester, Ground Breaker is a dedicated gluten-free brewery, substituting Willamette Valley chestnuts and organic lentils in place of barley, wheat and rye. The results are impressive, with two citrusy IPAs that would impress any hophead and a rich, espresso-like dark ale that showcases the natural chestnut flavors. Stop into Ground Breaker Gastropub for gluten-free grub from sourdough cornbread to octopus gnocchi.
Hair of the Dog
Hair of the Dog is one of the first breweries in the nation to specialize in bottle-conditioned, high-alcohol beers. The cult favorite Adam From The Wood brew, for instance, is aged in American Oak barrels for 3–4 years and boasts an impressive 12% alcohol by volume (ABV).
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