If you have not heard by now, Portland is a beer city. Portland’s craft beer tradition got started 30 years ago with breweries like Bridgeport and Widmer. Today, Portland has more breweries than any other city in the world. You can hardly turn a corner in this city without running into a brewery, take a look here.
July is our designated craft beer month. All month long there is some sort of event, special tasting, or gathering nearly everyday. OregonCraftBeer.org has the full list here. In this post however, I want to highlight the festivals, starting with the Portland Craft Beer Fest which starts today.
PORTLAND CRAFT BEER FEST JULY 3 – 5.
The Portland Craft Beer Festival takes place in the Pearl at Fields Park. The PCBF is a celebration of Portland beer and features only beer brewed within Portland city limits. Given that there are 50+ breweries in town, there will be no shortage of beer. The PCBF starts today at 4 (although may open early) and admission is $20.
SOUR BEER FESTIVAL JULY 14 – 20
The Sour Beer Festival is hosted by the best bottle shop in Portland, Belmont Station. If you have yet to try sour beer I highly recommend giving the sour beer festival a try. Sour beer is actually pretty good and it is fun to try something from brewers who are not trying to out hop each other.
OREGON BREWERS FESTIVAL JULY 22 – 26
The Oregon Brewers Festival is the granddaddy of all Oregon beer festivals. What started out as a couple of brewers tapping some kegs on the waterfront has turned into a premier beer event attracting people from all over the world. This year’s event will feature 90 craft beers from across the country and 15 international beers. Admission is free, however, to taste beer you will need to purchase a $7 mug and $1 tasting tokens. As all always the event will be on the Waterfront.
In 2013 the Portland Police Athletic Association sold its building on SE 6th and Alder to a developer. At the time no one was sure what would become of it, would it stay a gym? Oh wait…did I say gym? I meant bar. In fact I meant seedy dive bar in the Central Eastside neighborhood, but I digress.
The Oregonian reports this week that the former PPAA building will become the Portland beer hall to end all Portland beer halls. Let’s go through our checklist of must haves for a epic beer hall. Craft beer? Check. Lots of it? 99 taps in fact, so check. Oregon only craft beer? Yep, check. High quality olympic provisions sausage? Check. Sweet close-in location? Check. Ladies and gentlemen I give you the Loyal Legion.
To say I am excited about this would be an understatement. It is also going into a neighborhood that is receiving a lot of attention recently from developers and will just add to what is a growing list of new and exciting restaurants/watering holes in the area. The Loyal Legion will be 100% dedicated to Oregon craft beer. No out of state beer will be served. I predict this place is going to go high on the list of must visits for Portland beer tourists. The Loyal Legion is set to open in April.
H/T Oregonian, read the full article here.
It has been awhile since I posted a restaurant review. Which, at least on my end is poor blogging practice since restaurant reviews are some of my more popular posts. It’s not like I haven’t gone out much, we still go out once a week, but I haven’t really been any place spectacular. I usually reserve the restaurant posts on here for places that I think are worth going out of the way for. That isn’t to say where we have been has not been good, they have, just not special. But then something occurred to me the other day.
We were having dinner at our neighborhood pub, Darcy’s up in St. Johns. This is the kind of place where you can order breakfast for dinner (which I did).
My wife ordered a bacon cheese burger, which is a half pound of angus certified beef, and a darn good burger.
So I’m eating dinner, drinking a beer (West Coast IPA, soo good and I couldn’t believe they had it on tap), and I think to myself man we have it good! This place has at least 10 very good craft beers on tap and the food is good. In spite of all that I would say for Portland standards, this place is average. You will never see this place make a list on the Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Portland Monthly.
The great thing about Portland is that every neighborhood in town has a place like Darcy’s. Where you can get good food and find a variety of high quality craft beer. Portland is such a foodie town that I think it lifts up all restaurants because the customers just expect more and that is a great thing.
So I write this to say, if you are visiting Portland don’t forget the places where locals go day in and day out. Visit the marquee spots but try these places as well. You are not going to find a list of these places. You just have go out and explore but chances are if you just walk around and see a crowd of locals you can bet it’s worth trying.