Some Oregon breweries not to be missed

Sorry for not updating the last couple of days, but I’m back for tonight with some of my favorite Oregon breweries that should be visited by any serious beer hunter. You could consider this a sort of brewery tour.

Starting in my hometown of Bend, the Deschutes Brewery is the place to be. Located in Downtown Bend, it’s always fairly busy and if you don’t get there early in the evenings you’ll likely find yourself waiting. They’ve got some of the best beer around, and I’ve never had a bad beer there. You’ll definitely want to have some time to sample and enjoy the various seasonals they have on tap.

Quick hop over the mountain, to Portland. One of the smallest breweries (if not the smallest) in Oregon, the Tugboat Brewery sits in a nook and cranny of a space on Ankeny, just off Burnside and a few blocks down from the best bookstore in the world, Powell’s Books. Because they’re so small, they only have one or two beers on tap at any given time, and there’s very limited seating. But mosey on down after spending an afternoon browsing at Powell’s, and you’ll love it. I guarantee it.

Also in Portland, find yourself a Mcmenamins—any one will do. Or several! Each of their places has a story and unique character behind it. They also have pretty damn good beer.

Over on the Oregon Coast, the Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City has got hands-down the best location ever: literally right on the beach. Sip your beer, have some lunch, then step out the door onto the sand and walk right down to the surf. And oh yeah, decent beer too :).

Finally, we’ll conclude tonight’s tour with the Rogue Brewery in Newport (also on the coast). Rogue simply produces some of the best beers, period, and at their brewery in Newport’s south marina you’ll be able to try them out, grab a meal, see the operation and stock up on your favorite Rogue ales from their gift shop. What’s not to like?