I wrote about my top three favorite Portland breweries a few weeks ago, but it was hard to narrow down my list. There are so many fun craft beer spots in that city! So today I’m writing about more worthwhile places to grab a pint in Portland.
My boyfriend and I stopped by Prost, a cute bar and restaurant in the Mississippi District centered around all things German, right after getting into town. We were hot and dragging around our suitcases (we couldn’t check into our VRBO until 3pm), and Prost was the only place we felt would be semi-acceptable and only semi-awkward to perch with our luggage. With a few Pilsners in hand, our journey suddenly seemed much more manageable. They have a great German beer list and good appetizers. There’s also a food truck pod right next door. Insert thumbs up emoji.
Hopworks Bikebar in Northeast Portland was a late-night stop for us. We chose to visit because the brewery seemed unique. Its team has an overall dedication to doing good; they have some impressive sustainability initiatives to reduce water consumption and use locally-sourced and/or organic ingredients whenever possible. They also recycle or compost 89% of their waste! 89%! I love that.
We were also drawn to the fact that they have stationary bikes outside that you can pedal to generate electricity for the building and take money off your bill in the process (less than $1 – but hey!). I tried the Hopworks IPA while my boyfriend had the Radler. We both enjoyed them quite a bit.
The brewery also has a full restaurant and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. We wished we could have stayed longer and tried more beer, but this was our last stop of the night and we were pretty tired.
Oh Deschutes, how I love thee. The Mirror Pond Pale Ale is a go-to of mine and I’ve written about my fondness for the Fresh-Squeezed IPA, so I was excited to try some more of their beer at the downtown location. We sampled several in a taster flight–IPAs for my boyfriend and some lighter options for me. I was a big fan of Twilight Summer Ale, Pine Mountain Pilsner, and Pinedrops IPA, but all were very good. I really don’t think you can go wrong with Deschutes — it’s all just a matter of selecting the style you like.
We originally visited Deschutes on a Saturday afternoon, but it was too crowded and there was quite a wait. We made our way back on a Monday afternoon and had no problem finding a spot at the bar. If you’re trying to plan for the optimal visit time, I highly recommend choosing a weekday if you can. We didn’t have any food during our stay, but they have a variety of appetizers, salads, and sandwiches.
Sidenote: Can we talk about how great Deschutes’ rebranding is? It was time.
And last but certainly not least, we stopped by Rogue Ales right before leaving for the airport to go home. We actually walked here from Deschutes–it’s only three blocks away. We wanted to eat before our flight, so I had some amazing fish and chips, and my boyfriend had the Not So Plain Jane pizza that we’re still dreaming about. Rogue has some pretty darn good food! We also had a taster flight of the XS Imperial I2PA, Cold Brew IPA, Marionberry Braggot, and Fruit Salad Cider. My favorite of the bunch was the cider–it had just the right amount of sweetness without being overbearing.
Of course, we had to pick up a bottle of PDX Carpet IPA before heading home. We saved a spot in our suitcase just for it. (For non-Portlanders, here’s a crash course in the wonder known as PDX carpet.)
Again, the atmosphere here was nice because we visited on a Monday afternoon. I’m sure later in the week it gets pretty rowdy. If you’re in downtown Portland, though, give Deschutes and Rogue a try.
…And this completes my comprehensive Portland wrap-up! I can’t wait to get back soon and try some more fun places. As always, feel free to leave a comment below or email me if you’d like to talk more about Portland breweries!