Pubs on Loop (A/B) Streetcar Line
Big brewpub in NW Portland, in a neighborhood where it's hard to walk more than a few blocks without finding a brewpub. Everything's all new and shiny, and there's a huge range of house-brewed beers: IPAs, dark ales, sours, and more.
Bright, clean taproom pours small-batch brewery's beers, including occasional collaborations with the likes of Nebuleus, which are always highly recommended. Cask ales too.
In the same restaurant complex that houses downtown Portland's Lardo sandwich shop and Grass pasta restaurant (and under common ownership with both places), Beer Belly feels almost more like a diner with a lot of taps than a typical pub. Beer selection is wide-ranging. Note that this place started business as "Beer Belly," before a cease-and-desist forced the name change.
The pub that brought Portland's emergence in the sour-beer world into sharp focus. Fans of sour beer - particularly beers inspired by Belgium's Flanders reds and browns - should consider this a must-visit.
Old-fashioned saloon-style restaurant and bar with modest but well-chosen selection of beer on tap, some bottles, and liquor. Good for a quiet drink and late-night nosh after a concert at the nearby Crystal Ballroom.
Big Pacific-Northwest-themed brewpub in NW Portland's Pearl District. Wide range of house beers, from standard to seasonals and one-offs, and extensive food menu too. Easily accessed with Portland Streetcar.
More than twenty years in, the Lucky Lab is durably popular for pints of English-style ales and inexpensive food. It's grown into a chainlet, with three other locations around the city.
The pandemic put paid to Altabira City Tavern (and just about every other dining operation in Hotel Eastlund). Metropolitan Tavern is its replacement. It's more food and cocktail focused, but craft beer (and cider) fans will still find plenty of choices on tap.
Although it's not obvious after the extensive (and, some would opine, insensitive) 2008 remodel, the Row has decades of history behind it. This was an original Portland good beer bar, from back in the 1970s when it was owned by the brothers McMenamin to the present day, after three more changes of ownership. Beer selection is good, there's plenty of pub food, and there's plenty of space in the big patio out back. The Produce Row ain't what it once was, but it's still a worthwhile beer venue, and has good proximity to a couple of other beers spots too.
Big rambling pub and beer garden a short walk from the Commons and Cascade Barrel House. Formerly the Green Dragon, major remodeling and rebranding has done away with the old and in with the Rogue, heavy on house beers plus 19 guest taps.
Smallish two-room pub for beer drinking on-premises or growler fills to take away. Simple and minimalist but lively.
Portland's idea of a beer hall is huge, and so is the selection. 99 taps pour a primarily Oregon-focused selection, plus occasional out-of-state "guests." In a state with more than 220 breweries, that almost makes sense. Food is simple, with sausages from Olympia Provisions on a pretzel bun, and a few other beer-friendly items. The bar abandoned its cash-only, no-tipping policy and accepts credit cards.
At one time, this was the most hidden brewery taproom in town, located in a corner of the building's basement. Now the taproom is right at street level, easy to find, and if you know what you're doing and don't mind walking a few minutes, you won't have to feed the parking meters. Once inside, sample an excellent range of beers, from one of the best Pilsners brewed anywhere to an impressive range of barrel-aged beers and single-batch one-offs. Widely regarded as one of the best artisanal brewers in town. The beer range has changed over the years, and there's also a pair of handpumps pulling cask ales. Still well worth seeking out.
Originating in Ohio, Fat Head's opened its Portland Pearl District store in November 2014. In 2018, the agreement between the Portland owner and Fat Head's expired, and the name changed to Von Ebert's. Huge roomy brewpub, pub food in gigantic portions, wide variety of house and guest beers.
COVID-19 Update: limited opening days and hours, and outdoor operation only on deck and streetside "parklet." Reduced menu, but plenty of good beer.