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Where can I find bitters or session IPAs in Portland?

Easily your best bet for sessionable ales and bitters is Deschutes — which also has two of the very, very few cask engines in town. (They do not, unfortunately, always put low-alcohol cask-appropriate beers on them, but you may get lucky.) While there, give a look a Twilight and Bachelor Bitter — they’re wonderful beers….

What are your favorite breweries off Interstate 5?

You’ll be headed through some wonderful brewery country there. If you’re traveling F-Su, you might consider Agrarian Ales, an absolutely wonderful farmhouse brewery that uses local ingredients and has a lovely outdoor dining area with a great view of their hop fields. They’re just off I-5 north of Eugene. Another great choice is Corvallis’ Block 15,…

What is the best brewery on the Oregon Coast?

Thanks for the inquiry. I always have a hard time with “best” questions, because that’s a fundamentally subjective judgment. What I can say is that we have several award-winning breweries that are much beloved on the Oregon Coast. In Astoria, I’d direct you to Fort George and Buoy, two great places. Heading south, you might…

What are the best breweries between Salem and McMinnville?

Of course, you’ll be deep in wine country there, and I should encourage you to stop in at one of the bajillion wineries for a drop of pinot — it is definitely worth a stop. As for beer, a couple to put on your list are Golden Valley (McMinnville), one of Oregon’s older breweries and a good one….

Do you have recommendations for an afternoon tasting beer in Portland?

An afternoon doesn’t give you much time, so I’ll limit this list. Were you to be staying longer, this list could grow quite a bit. Deschutes in downtown Portland (actually the Pearl, but that’s not important) is definitely one of the best places to consider. You may well know Deschutes, but it’s really worth visiting the…

What are some of the best breweries to visit near McMinnville?

Of course, you’ll be deep in Wine Country there, and I should encourage you to stop in at one of the bajillion wineries for a drop of pinot — it is definitely worth a stop. As for beer, a couple to put on your list are Golden Valley (McMinnville), one of Oregon’s older breweries and a good one….

Where should two Texan beer connoisseurs visit during their Oregon honeymoon?

Congratulations on the wedding! The McMenamins pubs are definitely worth checking out — they have some of the most interesting properties in the region. (I have my favorites.) Beyond that, there are literally dozens of breweries in Oregon (six dozen, last I counted). Unless you’re planning for a very long honeymoon, you may not be able to see them…

We want to tour craft breweries in Oregon; what cities should we visit?

Good news, there are at least six Oregon cities to visit with amazing beer — but that may count as bad news, too. Here they are, with my best-bets for breweries: Portland. They don’t call it “Beervana” for nuthin. There are scores of breweries here, and it’s hard to go too far wrong. The inner…

Which breweries should we visit in Bend?

Bend, Oregon–let’s see, I think if I recall correctly, they have a brewery there. Kidding. Bend has gone insane. There are currently have, depending on how you count, around 18 breweries in Central Oregon, and ten or so in Bend proper. The difficulty is not finding breweries, it’s choosing which ones to go to. The…

Heading from Canada to Crater Lake and Florence. Could you recommend bars in those areas with unique local beers? Many thanks from a thirsty wanderer!

In Florence, your best bets are the Beachcomber Pub (20 taps, with some nice southern Willamette Valley picks) or Wakonda Brewing Co.  I actually haven’t been to Wakonda yet, but the reviews are impressive. Crater Lake isn’t ringed with pubs, so take some beer with you.  Oh, and if you’re taking OR 58 from Eugene down…

My friend and I are planning a motorcycle ride over to the Oregon Coast from Northern Idaho near the end of July. Any roads or towns you would recommend hitting? We would like to spend some time near the ocean and find some good local brews.

There’s a coveted motorcycle route through the Wallowas on the 39 road (Hell’s Canyon Scenic Byway) from Joseph to Halfway—if you have the time. To get to the Wallowas from North Idaho, you’d come through Moscow and Lewiston over highway 82—another epic two-lane roadway—to Enterprise. That’s where you’ll find Terminal Gravity brewpub, one of the…

Can you offer a couple of Oregon IPA’s I must try? – Kevin J.

These kinds of questions are always rough to answer, but I’ll give it a shot. The trouble is, IPAs are so variable that opinions invariably vary. But you didn’t ask me to waffle, so here goes. I personally have three favorites, for different reasons: India Pelican Ale from Pelican. As an all-arounder, it’s hard to…

Got my flight to Portland, staying two blocks from Rogue Ales Public House! Cant wait I need to start planning my beer attack, suggestions?

I have the ultimate pub crawl for you here.  Have a look, and holler if you want more.