Beer Trail, Ale Trail, Suds Stroll
Whatever you want to call it, this culinary adventure involves a lot of delicious craft brew—stouts, ales, porters, pilsners, lagers—made right here in Oregon.
If you’re planning a truly beer-centric trip, we recommend plenty of time to make your way around the state because Oregon is home to 112 breweries and ranks 4th nationally in craft breweries per capita. That’s a lot of beer. Correction: That’s a lot of delicious beer.
In Oregon, there’s no shortage of flavor experimentation, either. That creative energy along with all the natural goods (we grow hardy hops and barley in our own backyard) often means you’ll have to visit the source to get limited-run, uniquely flavored suds straight from the tap. And, in Oregon, there’s always a chance the brewer might be the one pouring your pint.
There are craft breweries in every corner of Oregon. You’ll find concentrations of them in Bend, Greater Portland and Eugene. Check out our Food & Drink site to help you plan an itinerary. Often, breweries are close enough in proximity that you can walk (or take public transportation) from one to the other. And, if you need a crash-course in microbrew, many of Oregon’s brewpubs offer sampler trays so you can try a variety before committing to a pint.
While you can explore Oregon’s craft beer year-round, a great time to visit is during the Oregon Brewers Festival. Each July (the 2011 event takes place July 28-31), more than 80 craft breweries take over Downtown Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park, making up one of the longest-running celebrations of craft beer from near and far.
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