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.
Central Eastside brewery tour
Toast this neighborhood’s booming craft beer scene with eight local favorites.
Travel Portland January 27, 2015 (Updated January 27, 2015)
Sidle up to the beautiful black walnut bar and try Burnside’s Sweet Heat, a wheat ale prepared with hot peppers and apricot puree. During “fermented hour” (3–5 p.m. daily), you’ll score discounts on house-made charcuterie and pickle plates.
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.
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.
This pub’s whopping 62 taps landed the Green Dragon on Imbibe Magazine’s list of “100 Best Places to Drink in America.” Owned by Rogue Ales, the meeting hall also boasts weekly release parties, Meet the Brewer nights, local Rogue brews, and Buckman Botanical Brewery, beloved for its apple beer and ginger pale ale.
Born in 2010 as a one-barrel nanobrewery in owner Mike Wright’s garage, the Commons now produces small batch craft beer out of a seven-barrel, brick-lined warehouse space. The brewery’s Urban Farmhouse Ale and fruity Flemish Kiss are both national award-winners and available year-round.
Formerly known as Harvester, this dedicated gluten-free brewery substitutes 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 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).