The second largest producer of hops in the USA, Oregon has a thriving craft brewery scene, with approximately 185 companies located throughout the state. From traditional brewing methods to experimental brewing, here’s a look at some of the craft brewery highlights found throughout Oregon.
Bend Brewing Co. – or BBC as it is known among locals – is a beloved, locally owned brewery. Crafting a variety of award-winning brews, try signature ales such as the High Desert Hefeweizen as well as seasonal selections including the popular Hop-Head Imperial India Pale Ale. Overlooking the Deschutes River at Mirror Pond, lunch and dinner menus are also available, with highlights including fish and chips fried in Metolius Golden Ale batter served with fries and slaw.
Bend Brewing Co., 1019 NW Brooks St., Bend, OR, USA, +1 541 383 1599
Cascade Brewing Barrel House is at the forefront of the sour beer movement in the Northwest. Its known for its selection of tart brews, all of which are aged in French oak, Kentucky bourbon, and Northwest wine barrels. There are more than 18 rotating taps, which may include NW-style sour ales such as elderberry and blackcap raspberry. There’s also a food menu with various dishes from sharable plates to soups, salads and sandwiches.
Crux Fermentation Project, located in a converted transmission shop, focusing on ‘non-traditional’ methods of brewing. Experimenting with open fermentation, oak barrel aging and wild yeast strains, the brewery’s team prides themselves on doing things their own way. There’s also a food menu available including dishes like chicken bacon sandwich with pale ale Caesar dressing. When weather permits, guests can sit outside and enjoy beautiful sunsets.
Crux Fermentation Project, 50 SW Division St., Bend, OR, USA, +1 541 385 3333
Deschutes Brewery’s features 19 taps. It also offers a ‘beer-centric’ menu showcasing local ingredients, with one highlight being the boar meatloaf on toasted potato bread served with garlic-mashed potatoes. The brewery is in a larger, separate location where you can take a free guided tour (reservations encouraged), which includes four complimentary beer samples for adults over 21.
Deschutes Brew Pub, 1044 NW Bond St., Bend, OR, USA, +1 541 382 9242/Deschutes Brew Pub, 210 NW 11th Ave., Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 296 4906
Full Sail Brewing Co. is an employee-owned and operated brewery that features award-winning beers alongside a tasty menu. Located inside a converted fruit cannery, this brewery keeps the environment firmly in mind by procuring its non-GMO hops and barley from local farms, using all-natural ingredients, and installing a sustainable filtration system. Visitors may sit inside or outside where they will find amazing views of the river and volcanic peaks. The brewery also offers free tours.
Full Sail Brewing Co., 506 Columbia St., Hood River, OR, USA, +1 541 386 2247
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company is a Portland brewery specializing in unique beer – bottle-conditioned and barrel-aged. A family run venue, the brewery crafts its beer and cuisine from ingredients found within a 350-mile radius. Beer is produced in small batches with highlights including the ‘Cherry Adam from the Wood’, a beer aged with local black cherries in Bourbon and Sherry casks. To complement the beer, there’s a food menu with tasty choices such as beef short ribs braised in beer, served with potato salad and whole grain mustard.
Located in Hood River, Logsdon Farmhouse Brewery is set within a picturesque, pastoral location: founder Dave Logsdon’s 10-acre estate. Nestled inside a big red barn, this Belgian-style brewery creates flavorful, award-winning organic beers, including Peche ‘n Brett, a seasonal oak-aged peach beer made with Oregon fruit. They currently craft 10 beers, which can be tasted on-site. The property also boasts Grafted Schaarbeekse – sour cherry trees – plus several friendly animals.