With more than 70 breweries in Portland city limits, where’s a beer-loving visitor to start? Thankfully, a bounty of organized Portland beer tours will help you see the sights and sip the suds of the city dubbed “Beervana.” 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.
Portland beer tours on foot
Downtown-centric tours from BeerQuest Walking Tours 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 offers two Beers Made for Walkin’ tours, one in the Pearl District and the other along North Mississippi Avenue.
Portland beer tours on bike
The Oregon Brewery Tour by Pedal Bike Tours offers leisurely, three-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.
Cycle Portland offers 2.5-hour, easy-paced Brews Cruise 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 beer upon return. Expect up to 6 miles (9.7 km) of leisurely riding along with plenty of sipping of local brews.
Portland beer tours on party bike
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.
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. Pedalounge also offers private, custom group tours.
Portland beer tours by bus
Brewvana operates three 14-passenger buses decked out with beer and Portland paraphernalia that 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. A Beautiful Day Ecotour of Oregon’s Portland Microbrewery Tour visits three popular breweries, with plenty of time for tasting, brewery tours and a brewpub dinner.
Private Portland beer tours
These private Portland beer tours can be customized for your group. The Beer Here! Coach Tour from Hometown Advantage provides an insider’s view into Portland’s craft breweries, with behind-the-scenes tours, tastings and more. Eat Adventures Food Tours offers a private Brews n Bites tour that visits three different breweries for an appetizer, entree and dessert — all with custom beer pairings. The Gold Medal Beer Tour from Oregon Tour Co. visits three Great American Beer Fest gold-medal-winning breweries, for tours, brewer meet-and-greets and tastings.