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In a city full of brewpubs...

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In a city full of brewpubs...

...where would you first take an out-of-towner? Our time in Portland will be limited (about a day and a half), so we need to narrow down the list to the top three or four brewpubs/bars. We'll be staying at the Inn at Northrup Station so we'll have access to the streetcar. We also will have a car, so location isn't an issue.

We're looking for locally brewed beer...prefer malty, lager types. Not big on IPAs or anything overly hoppy. Thanks in advance for helping make our Portland stay productive and thirst-quenching.

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1. Re: In a city full of brewpubs...

I would go to Bridgeport Brewing, because it was one of the first. Also, it's not far off the streetcar in NW. There are, however, many options.

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2. Re: In a city full of brewpubs...

I agree with stopping in at Bridgeport. Great brew and good food too!

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3. Re: In a city full of brewpubs...

You could also consider a cluster of beer in SE.

For example, Base Camp Brewing (http://basecampbrewingco.com/), Green Dragon (a pub owned by Rogue: http://www.pdxgreendragon.com/) and Cascade Barrel House (unique sour beers: http://www.cascadebrewingbarrelhouse.com/) are easily within walking distance of each other - a few blocks.

Hair of the Dog (fairly well-known and unique: http://www.hairofthedog.com/) is nearby, as is Belmont Station (http://www.belmont-station.com/) which, in addition to having 1200+ beers for sale, has a taproom that is known for having rare/experimental brews from local and far-away.

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4. Re: In a city full of brewpubs...

Can't resist advising on this one..

Given your username and home city, I think you'd really enjoy Saraveza Bottle Shop and Pasty Tavern (especially if your visit is during NFL season). Not the biggest tap selection, but friendly folks and great neighborhood vibe. TA's listing shows this in "Old Town/Chinatown" - NOT TRUE! 1004 N Killingsworth is about 5 minute drive north of downtown.

Also worth mentioning is Breakside Brewery on NE Dekum, about 5 minutes further north, and its neighbor Oregon Public House (one of the only non-profit pubs anywhere in the world)!

Brian

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5. Re: In a city full of brewpubs...

If you want to take somebody to a place they won't find anywhere else - spend a few hours at Edgefield.

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6. Re: In a city full of brewpubs...

You may want to consider doing a brewery tour, they often will take you to small places that are off the beaten path (so to speak). Yes, most Portland breweries are known for their IPAs, but I'd say 95% make great malty/lager types too. A suggested itinerary that involves NO DRIVING:

Walking or streetcar distance from Northrup Station:

1. Rogue Alehouse (an "Oregon" brewery, but not headquarted in Portland)

2. Deschutes (again an "Oregon" brewery, but not headquarted in Portland)

3. Bridgeport (the oldest brewery in the city- oh and GREAT PIZZA)

4. New Old Lompoc

To get to more of the dive-y small joints you'd need to drive or cab it across the river.

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7. Re: In a city full of brewpubs...

Totally agree on Edgefield. Incredible history, art, food and beer. A few miles out on I-84.

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8. Re: In a city full of brewpubs...

Thanks, everyone for the input. Bridgeport was on our list due to proximity to the hotel. Also thought about Lucky Lab and Lompoc for the same reason. But having a car expands our options and plan to hit some of the suggested spots.

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9. Re: In a city full of brewpubs...

Also, brewery tours don't interest us, since we live in Milwaukee (aka Brew City) and have been on more brewery tours than we can count. Besides, touring takes up too much valuable drinking time :) :)

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