It’s no secret that Portland is known for its brewery scene. And let’s be honest, there’s nothing more hipster than a good IPA. I love a good craft brewery. So when a family get together gave me the chance to spend a week in Portland, I jumped at the chance to sample some of the local brews. Seriously, I booked my flight and 10 minutes later I was Pinterest-ing “Pearl District breweries.”
My sister and her roomies just moved to Portland’s lively Pearl District! All of the breweries on this list are situated in or around that area.
*This post was written on August 28, 2021. As of now, I would advise on carrying your vaccination card with you in Portland at all times. Some establishments are limiting indoor seating to only vaccinated patrons.
Pearl District Breweries
The first brewery on this list of Pearl District breweries to hit in Portland is Breakside Brewery. Named Brewery of the Year in 2017 and 2019 at the Oregon Beer Awards, Breakside Brewery certainly lived up to the hype!
Wandering around with a full backpack and a belly full of Pine State Biscuits (Pearl District restaurant post coming soon), I stumbled into Breakside Brewery looking for wifi, an outlet and a locally brewed IPA. I was semi-lost since my Honduran SIM doesn’t equal data in the states so thankfully I found all three.
I choose the “Small Guy Summer IPA” and it was citrusy and delicious!
10 Barrel Brewing Co.
Next on the list, and one of the most popular Pearl District breweries, is 10 Barrel Brewery! 10 Barrel was the site of our first brewery and family dinner in Portland and it did not disappoint.
We waited for a table on the upstairs patio and enjoyed our craft beers and spicy salami pizza with a view of Downtown Portland. As usual, I opted for a local IPA.
Von Ebert Brewery
Another Portland brewery that I used as a library, the Von Ebert Brewery is not to be missed on your tour of Pearl District breweries. With tasty pub fare and almost 30 beers on tap, Von Ebert was the perfect spot to enjoy a couple brews and munch on some tater tots as I worked.
This time around, I decided on the Wolf Summoner IPA. Although it was delicious, at 6.5% I could only allow myself to drink one before switching to something lighter. Two or more Wolf Summoners would have certainly stalled the work on my to-do list…
On the border of the Pearl District and Downtown Portland, Beer O’Clock is the perfect taproom for a couple casual brews around happy hour. Although it’s not its own brewery, the taproom combines local brews from around Portland into the perfect selection for any beer-lover.
Backwoods Brewing Company
Backwoods Brewing Company was the last stop on my Pearl District breweries tour in Portland. Since my flight didn’t depart until 11:59PM (what is it with the red-eye flights out of Portland?), I stopped in for a couple brews and a snack on the happy hour menu.
I decided on an IPA named “Brew of the Gods,” hoping it would live up to its name. It did. Unfortunately, as I was using the brewery as my workstation again, I could only order one “Brew of the Gods.” Afterwards, I switched to the lighter “River Pig Lager.”
Happy hour runs from 2:30-5:00PM and all beers are $1 off. If you’re going to order food, I would suggest ordering it off the full price menu. The beer was delicious but the happy hour food was a bit disappointing.
Although I didn’t get the chance to make it to the Deschutes Brewery on my trip to Portland, I’ve tried my fair share of Deschutes beer and, let me say, I’m a big fan. The Deschutes Portland Public House is located right across the street from the Backwoods Brewing Company and, with tons of open seating and a full menu, looks like a great spot to drink, eat and be merry!
Make sure to make it for happy hour Monday – Friday from 2:00-4:00PM.
Can you believe my trip to Portland was my first time ever on the West Coast? Although a lot of our visit was spent moving my sister into her new apartment, we were able to explore a good chunk of the city during our off time. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to explore any of Oregon’s famous hikes or waterfalls, but that’s definitely on the itinerary for next time!
If you enjoyed this guide to Pearl District breweries in Portland, look our for my new post (coming soon) filled with my favorite eats in the Pearl District and Downtown Portland! And check out my related posts below…