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Where to Drink Beer in Portland: Fall 2021 Edition

Bars, Breweries, and More
November 17, 2021
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Sip balanced brews at Level Beer, which recently opened a third taproom in Vernon. (Level Beer)

Looking for a crisp, cold brew on a crisp, cold fall day? Portland is home to one of the best craft beer scenes in the world, and with recent openings like Ecliptic Brewing's Moon Room, Baerlic Brewing's new Vernon taproom and beer garden, and Level Beer's third taproom, there's never been a better time to grab a pint. We've curated this list of places to quaff beer in Portland this fall, including some of our favorite bars, breweries, pubs, taprooms, and bottle shops. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

Baerlic Brewing Company
Last November, this "stubbornly independent" brewery, named for an Old English word meaning "of barley," teamed up with Ranch Pizza to open a super-spacious 6,000-foot indoor beer garden at their original location in southeast Portland. Their Rose City Park location, home to the Barley Pod, hosts an array of great carts, including Bull Run Pizza, La Arepa, Hapa, Poblano Pepper, Bam Pow, Namu, Yaba Yabaa Falafel, Eat Well, Flew the Coop, and The Dark Side Thai. This week, Baerlic unveiled its third location, a new taproom and beer garden on Northeast Alberta Street.
Hosford-Abernethy, Rose City Park, Vernon
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Belmont Station
Browse a dizzying selection of over 1,400 beers, ciders, meads, wines, and more at this beloved beer destination. The adjoining Biercafe features 35 rotating taps, including a cask beer engine, and many of the draft beers are also available in to-go growlers.
Sunnyside
Pickup, dine-in

The Beermongers
Two beer-loving friends founded this bar and bottleshop, which offers a well-curated selection of beer from around the world and eight rotating brews on tap.
Hosford-Abernethy
Pickup, dine-in

Breakside Brewery
Since its inception in 2010, this local brewery has racked up awards and national acclaim. Some of its most popular offerings include its flagship IPA, Wanderlust IPA, Rainbows & Unicorns IPA, and What Rough Beast IPA.
Nob Hill, Woodlawn, Milwaukie
Pickup, in-person

Ecliptic Brewing and The Moon Room
Well-known beer industry veteran John Harris's Ecliptic Brewing takes its inspiration from his dual-themed passions for beer and astronomy, with seasonal menus and beer releases that reflect the earth's journey around the sun. The brewery also opened its highly anticipated second location, The Moon Room, in the former space of Base Camp Brewing earlier this month. The new outpost features over 30 taps as well as a food cart serving hot sandwiches, soups, and salads, with vegan options available.
Buckman
Pickup, dine-in

Ex Novo Brewing
Welcome to Portland, where even drinking beer is a selflessly woke act. Okay, you can’t exactly write off a pint of Eliot IPA on your taxes, but Ex Novo Brewing does partner with local and national nonprofit organizations to make sure their own profits are put to good use. Recent partners have included Friends of the Children, the International Justice Mission, Impact NW, and MercyCorps. Headed to watch any of Portland’s sports teams, or a show at the Rose Garden? With a full menu from tacos to fried chicken to mac and cheese, and one of the better whiskey selections in the area, it’s no wonder Ex Novo is such a popular pre-game spot. THOMAS ROSS
Eliot, Beaverton

Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Great Notion Brewing
This award-winning brewery has gained a loyal following for its hazy IPAs, sour beers, and playfully designed can art.
Concordia, Beaverton
Pickup, dine-in

Horse Brass Pub
Portland beer culture would be nothing without Don Younger, a beer drinker’s beer drinker and adviser to the OGs of Portland craft brewing. Even though he’s moved on to the smoking section of that great taphouse in the sky, his legacy lives on in the nearly limitless beer list at Portland’s favorite English pub, the world-famous Horse Brass. THOMAS ROSS
Sunnyside

Pickup, dine-in

Imperial Taproom & Bottle Shop
A welcoming new hangout in the former Wild Oats building, and a worthwhile addition to the almost incomprehensibly huge eating and drinking scene on SE Division, Imperial Bottle Shop offers a wide selection of taps and bottles for in-store drinking—check out the whirlpool chiller—or taking home. There are 16 taps from which to fill your growler via beer gun, and the choices (including two ciders) are consistently excellent. NED LANNAMAN
Richmond

Pickup, delivery

Level Beer
This brewery's name comes from its focus on brewing "subtle, balanced, and traditional beers," along with a variety of New World ales and lagers. Level also opened its third location, aptly named Level 3, inside the former See See KTM space in mid-October, with over 20 beers on tap, a collection of retro arcade games, and an outdoor patio.
Buckman, Multnomah Village, Kerns
Pickup, dine-in

Little Beast Brewing
The titular "little beasts" at this small-batch, family-owned brewery, which specializes in mixed-culture fermentation and fruited, wild and wood-aged beers, are the helpful bacteria that play an important role in the fermentation process. The brewery recently opened a second location in Clackamas and now hosts the Kansas City-style barbecue joint Lawless Barbecue, which slings delightful hardwood-smoked meats.
Richmond, Clackamas
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Loyal Legion
This popular beer hall celebrates Portland's craft beer scene by showcasing over 50 to 99 beers on draft, with "a tap system that rivals a NASA program." It also recently opened a second location in the historic Beaverton Bank building on Beaverton's "Restaurant Row."
Buckman, Beaverton
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Prost! and Stammtisch
Prost! is an excellent German bar with a rowdy clientele of mid-20s golfer-class kids. But Portland needed a grown-up beer bar, too, and luckily Prost! owner Dan Hart opened Stammtisch. With rare German beers on tap, an Alpine food menu, and a friendly shared-table vibe, Stammtisch is an ideal old-world bar. THOMAS ROSS
Boise, Bend, Kerns
Pickup, dine-in


Steeplejack Brewing
Steeplejack Brewing opened its stunning debut brewpub inside a painstakingly renovated 110-year-old church (formerly Metropolitan Community Church) in Sullivan's Gulch last summer, with stained glass, pew seats, and reclaimed wood tables. Besides unique beers like cask-conditioned ales, the spot also boasts a menu of comfort food like baked mac and cheese, chile verde pork tacos, buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches, and smash burgers, plus Caffe Vita coffee and pastries from Bee's Cakes
Sullivan's Gulch
Pickup, dine-in

Upright Brewing
Among the recent developments of Portland's craft beer scene are local brewers’ embrace of Belgian farmhouse brewing traditions and sour beers. Upright Brewing names their farmhouse-style beers by number; both Four and Five are great saisons that are dangerously drinkable, and also keep your eye out for their draft-only Engelberg Pilsner. NED LANNAMAN
Cully
Pickup, dine-in

Von Ebert Brewing
This lauded brewery specializes in lagers, hoppy ales, mixed-culture fermentation, and special releases. Executive chef Jesse Moore heads up the kitchen, which serves "elevated American pub fare" like hand-tossed pizzas, sandwiches, pretzels, and poutine, with house-smoked proteins.
Hazelwood, Pearl District
Pickup, delivery, dine-in