With the October return of seasonal damp and chilly weather, our neighborhood brewpubs can offer a warm and comforting respite. Portland is often referred to as the “beer capital of the world,” and brewpubs have been integral to Northeast and North Portland culture and nightlife for over three decades now. Many neighborhood breweries have become famous for their craft beers and ship their product all over the globe. While each pub is unique, with its own theme and dynamic, they all serve food – often organic and locally sourced – and are almost always family-friendly, with many offering play areas for children. Brewpubs tend to care about the food they serve just as much as they care about crafting the perfect beer. Following are some longtime neighborhood favorites, plus a few newcomers with potential.
Spacious, laid-back, family-friendly brewpub in Beaumont Village offers hearty meals, frequent happy hours, seven house brews and seven guest taps.
Address: 4765 N.E. Fremont St. Phone: 503-460-9025. Web: www.alamedabrewing.com. Don’t miss: Yellow Wolf Imperial Double IPA.
Columbia River Brewing Company
Impeccably crafted house and seasonal beers paired with tavern fare are offered in the casual brewpub of this Hollywood neighborhood microbrewery.
Address: 1728 NE 40th Ave. Phone: 503-943-6157. Web: www.columbiariverbrewpub.com. Don’t miss: The Stumbler’s Stout, on nitro, which won a silver medal at the World Beer Cup in 2012.
Concordia Ale House
Utilitarian taproom with 22 craft beers on draft, many bottles, classic American food and free pool.
Address: 3276 N.E. Killingsworth St. Phone: 503-287-2939. Web: www.concordia-ale.com. Don’t miss: The Road Wrecker IPA from Rusty Truck Brewing.
Tomas Sluiter’s hip taproom in the Kerns neighborhood’s Bindery Annex building pours fresh house-made beers with modern, locally-sourced bar snacks.
Address: 2117 N.E. Oregon St. Phone: 971-254-9114. Web: www.culminationbrewing.com. Don’t miss: Culmination Creme a l’orange.
Modern brewpub just off Mississippi Ave. in the Boise neighborhood, serving seasonal salads, burgers and sandwiches with a variety of craft beers.
Address: 825 N. Cook St. Phone: 503-265-8002. Web: www.eclipticbrewing.com Don’t miss: Witbier-style Comet Calala Passion Fruit Imperial.
Fire on the Mountain Taproom
Deadhead-themed eatery offering free-range chicken wings, high-quality beers, burgers and deep-fried desserts.
Address: 3443 N.E. 57th Ave. Phone: 503-894-8973. Web: www.portlandwings.com. Don’t miss: Electric Mud Chocolate Oatmeal Stout.
Great Notion Brewing and Barrel House
House-brewed drafts and creative comfort grub served in a lofty, industrial-chic taproom on Alberta with a patio.
Address: 2204 N.E. Alberta St. Phone: 503-548-4491. Web: www.greatnotionpdx.com. Don’t miss: Blueberry Muffin Sour Ale.
Kid-friendly brewpub in the Boise neighborhood, decorated with salvaged bike parts, serving organic-leaning pub grub and drinks.
Address: 3947 N. Williams Ave. Phone: 503-287-6258. Web: www.hopworksbeer.com. Don’t miss: Wave Train Vienna-style amber Ale.
Laurelwood Public House and Brewery
The Rose City Park flagship outpost of this neighborhood brewery serves beers and pub food in a large space with kid’s play area and roof deck.
Address: 5115 N.E. Sandy Boulevard. Phone: 503-282-0622. Web: www.laurelwoodbrewpub.com. Don’t miss: West Coast-style Workhorse IPA.
McMenamins Broadway Pub, Chapel Pub, Kennedy School Hotel and White Eagle Saloon and Hotel
Every McMenamins is unique, but each of the family-owned chain of brewpubs, breweries, music venues and historic hotels offers exceptional cuisine and hand-crafted brews. The McMenamin brothers were born and raised in Northeast Portland, so one could argue that whichever of their 54 outposts you visit – you’ll be getting a taste of the neighborhood.
Addresses: 1504 N.E. Broadway St., 430 N. Killingsworth St., 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. and 836 N. Russell St. Web: www.mcmenamins.com. Don’t miss: Ruby raspberry ale.
Microbrew samplers, pub grub, darts and a spacious patio draw crowds at this comfy industrial brewpub.
Address: 2828 N.E. Glisan St. Phone: 503-206-5221. Web: www.migrationbrewing.com. Don’t miss: Straight Outta Portland IPA.
The Widmer Brothers Pub
Popular, enduring gastropub in the Eliot neighborhood, serving craft beers, sandwiches and eclectic entrees adjacent to the Widmer’s main brewery. Take the convenient Yellow Line Max across the street to the Moda Center for Blazer games.
Address: 929 N. Russell St. Phone: 503-281-3333. Web: www.widmerbrothers.com. Don’t miss: It’s a classic for a reason: try the Hefeweizen with a wedge of lemon.