Best Brew Pubs in Portland

Best Local Brew Pubs in Beertown (Aka Portland)

Brewpubs have long been a substantial and important part of Portland’s nightlife. The city currently has over 70 microbreweries and that number continues to rise. Portland is often considered to be the Beer Capitol of the World. Many of Portland’s breweries have become famous for their beers, shipping their beers all over the world. Each Portland brewpub is unique and has its own theme and dynamic. Portland’s brewpubs are almost always family friendly and many of them have play areas for children. All of the brewpubs serve food. Often the food is organic and locally sourced. Brewpubs tend to care about the food they serve just as much as the care about crafting the perfect beer. Frequenting brewpubs is a part of the Portland culture and a must for any visitor.

In addition to having more microbreweries then anyone else in the world Portland hosts huge beer festivals. Portland annually hosts the Oregon Brewers Festival, Spring Beer and Wine Festival, North American Organic Brewers Festival, the Portland International Beerfest, and the Holiday Ale Festival.

We've listed the top ten brewpubs in Portland based on their beer, food, atmosphere, and uniqueness. All of the brewpubs included are in downtown Portland or nearby. We've included the most environmentally considerate brewpub, Hopworks BikeBar and the most kid-friendly brewpub, Laurelwood Brewery. We've included locals favorites Rogue Brew Pub in the Pearl District.



Deschutes Brewery brings the Scottish pub to the Northwest over in the Pearl District. They have 18 beers on tap which include Deschutes mainstays, experimental beers, and seasonal ales. Deschutes Brewery is best known for their Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter. They take pride in not only offering good beers but equally good food. The food is locally sourced, often organic, and prepared fresh daily. They offer interesting food like deviled eggs, elk burgers, apple red onion tart, and rootbeer braised pork belly. Deschutes Brewery has a good happy hour Monday - Friday from 4 to 6 PM.

Recommended for Brew Pubs because: A favorite brewery among locals located in the popular Pearl District with plenty of group seating available.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to try a Pilsener and the beer cheese soup made with their own Mirror Pond Pale Ale.

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North Portland

Oregon Public House has successfully combined two of Oregonians favorite things good beer and supporting charitable causes. The Oregon Public House serves a variety of food including vegetarian options. On tap, you will find 12 beers including gluten-free beers. They have a rotating list of charities they support including the following: Friends of the Children, Friends of Trees, The Neo Fund, My Voice Music, Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, Black United Fund, Habitat for Humanity, and Compassion First. Customers will have a chance to decide where the proceeds of their food and drink purchase go to from a short list of local charities.

Recommended for Brew Pubs because: This pub combines two things Oregonians love charity and beer.

Meagan's expert tip: They have a daily happy hour each day from 2 PM â€" 6 PM and a nightly happy hour from 9 PM to close each day.

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Northeast Portland
Laurelwood NW Public House

Laurelwood Public House and Brewery, also known as Laurelwood Brewery is an enjoyably relaxed brewpub for anyone, including families. Not only is their food and micro beers delicious, but it's all certified organic and free range. Laurelwood brews their own organic beers and often offer unique seasonal beers. They always have ten of their beers on tap. For families, Laurelwood Brewery has assorted play areas sprinkled throughout the restaurant that kids will love. Laurelwood offers a large happy hour menu daily from 3-6 PM and 9 PM - close. On the weekends Laurelwood opens at 10 AM for their delicious brunch.

Recommended for Brew Pubs because: A locally owned brewery serving all organic and free range beers.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to order the huevos rancheros if you are there during weekend brunch.

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A favorite downtown spot for people of all ages, Kells offer Irish food and drink with a Northwest influence. Live nightly shows make this pub the best place in Portland to hear traditional Irish music. The music can be quite loud. A separate cigar lounge (with separate ventilation, of course) offers a wide selection of smokes. Though Kells offers Guinness Stout and a selection of beers and wines, it really stands out with its menu of single-malt scotch and Irish whiskey. The menu offers some traditional Irish favorites along with some more typical American fare. Kells is also open for and breakfast on the weekends.

Recommended for Brew Pubs because: Kells is a local favorite. The food is always good and there is often live entertainment.

Meagan's expert tip: On weekends Kells can get very crowded. To avoid the crowds go during the week or during happy hour when it is generally more low-key.

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10 Barrel Brewing Co. opened a Portland location in the Pearl District in 2015 after getting its start in Bend, Oregon a decade ago and eventually joining the Budweiser family. Their Portland location atmosphere features high ceilings and a comfortable open-air concept that's killer on a nice day. Even better on a nice day is their rooftop bar. 10 Barrel Brewing Co. has twenty beers on tap that rotate on a regular basis and is always a nice variety including ciders. The food here is just as good as the atmosphere, including some of the best pizzas in Portland. We recommend trying the Hipster Pizza made with house tomato sauce, spinach, marinated artichokes, mushrooms, red onion, roasted red peppers, black olives, and mozzarella.

Recommended for Brew Pubs because: 10 Barrel Brewing Co. is one of the newest brewpubs in Portland, Oregon.

Meagan's expert tip: If you are hungry be sure and try one of their pizzas along with a few of their beers.

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Rogue brewery is located in the heart of Portland's Historic Brewing District in the Pearl, this location is the inside the former home of Portland Brewing and Bogart's, a long-time institution in Portland. They feature Rogue spirits and beers, distillery tours, outside seating, and pizza & beer delivery. They have 38 taps that include a selection of unique limited-release beers you can only find at this Rogue pub. Dogs are allowed to hang out here with you and they even have their own menu and enjoy free water. The best part is they are always open, 365 days a year.

Recommended for Brew Pubs because: Rogue Distillery and Public House is a great place to grab a beer and hang out with friends.

Meagan's expert tip: If you are hungry try one of their amazing salads, like the Northwest Garden Salad made with mixed spring greens, radish, cucumber, red and green peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, sunflower seeds and topped with sweet basil vinaigrette.

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Southeast Portland
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Started in 1994 by two friends that grew up here in Portland. Lucky Labrador brews their craft beers from solar thermal water heating and without carbon dioxide. This microbrewery, along with it's three other locations here in Portland, is a fun place to go for house-brewed beers and delicious sandwiches. The crowd tends to be the upwardly mobile young professionals ready to slake their seemingly endless thirst with tasty selections like Black Lab Stout, Stumptown Porter and Dog Day India Pale Ale. The pub occupies an old warehouse, sporting exposed wood beams, skylights and wood flooring. An outdoor patio is the ideal setting during warm weather months and it's pet-friendly.

Recommended for Brew Pubs because: Locally owned brewpub crafting unique beers without the use of carbon dioxide.

Meagan's expert tip: Don't leave your dog at home, because dogs are welcome here on the patio.

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Northeast Portland

Migration Brewing is a local's favorite brewpub and after you visit you will quickly see why. The Glisan location has 10 of their beers on tap and a few guest taps with other local beers or ciders. They have a lot of seating and allow kids. On a sunny day, you can enjoy sitting out on their large patio enjoying a burger and a beer. They also have pretzels, salads, and more. They have happy hour from 3 - 5 P.M., darts, and they always have sports games on the televisions. Migration Brewing has another location in Gresham where you can tour the brewing operations.

Recommended for Brew Pubs because: Migration Brewing has killer beers and lots of room to have a meal with the family.

Meagan's expert tip: Bring your growler, because you will want to take their beer home with you.

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Northeast Portland

Culmination Brewing is an award-winning brewery that brings great beer together with great food under one roof. Culmination Brewing has 22 beers on tap, most of which are their own brews including their award-winning Shiso Wit beer. Culmination Brewing has seasonal food options which include sandwiches, pretzels, meat and cheese boards, soups, and salads. On Sundays all day they host a vegan pop up restaurant by Jackfruit Kitchen and on Mondays from 4-8 PM they host a Kashmiri pop up aka Indian soul food by Bhuna Kitchen. Some times they have live music. Call to find out who is playing.

Recommended for Brew Pubs because: Culmination Brewery has phenomenal beers, a chill setting, and great pop up food.

Meagan's expert tip: Visit on a Sunday to enjoy food by Jackfruit Kitchen a vegan pop up restaurant that can only be found at Culmination Brewery.

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Meagan Wristen is an Oregon resident by choice and thinks Portland is a tremendous city that everyone should visit. Originally a Texas girl, she has lived all around the United States,...  More About Meagan