According to our friend, Rock Bottom is Portland's hot spot for great food and fresh microbrews. We decided to find out for ourselve and try a few microbrews after dinner. We each enjoyed a Volksweizen (really good)!
This place was packed. We made our way to the back bar and settled in for a few. As I was looking through their memu I realized that they have quite a few locations throughout the US. Interesting, I'm not sure if they all offer the same brews, from what I've read on their official website, each location offers different brews.
They had a pretty large selection of brews and beers on tap which I am sure would please any beer drinker.
Favorite Dish: Check out their original brews:
Swan Island Lager
A refreshing, light golden brew, this lager is clean and well-balanced, with just a hint of hops and a wonderful malt glow. Great with any of our fresh, flavorful salads.
A delicious Northwest wheat beer with the added twist of ginger and coriander to give it a crisp, thirst quenching zing. Even zingier with our zesty buffalo wings.
Sunny Day IPA
Make any day in Portland a sunny day! Our IPA has a bountiful floral nose, followed by a rich toasty malt character and a pleasingly dry finish. A perfect pair with a light and flavorful pasta.
This robust beer is rich and satisfying, with chocolatey, roasted notes and a smooth finish. This beer is dark, but still very drinkable and is a smooth companion to one of our juicy burgers or steaks.
Morrison Street Stout
Our stout varies depending on the season of the year – a smooth Oatmeal Stout in the fall, a big Imperial Stout in the winter, a dry Irish Stout in the spring and a satisfying Cream Stout in the summer. Ideal with a Brewery Classic.
This Amber Ale is made from all organically grown malts and uses the finest Northwest hops. It is medium-bodied with rich caramel notes and a bright citrus hop aroma.
As we were walking around and waiting for our friend to meet up with us, it started to rain so hard that we ducked into this bar.
What a great find. The bar looks pretty small from outside, but as you enter there is a large bar, tables to the side, slot machies, dart board and of course, the card room in the back.
Favorite Dish: I stick to Stella when I have no idea what to drink. We also ordered some bar food. The best part of this were the prices, the beers were $2 each and the bar food about $4 a plate.
I really enjoy this place. Its the cheap dive bar type of place and just a couple regulars were the only ones in here when we were here. We were tired and hiding from the rain and decided to get a drink and give E a way to find us by staying in the same place.
Favorite Dish: We sat here and enjoyed a couple beers and the afternoon. Reviewing pics and snacking on cheap light food.
This is another place, the last place, we three stopped into on our May mileage run. It was for a quick post dinner drink. We sat in the back. Had a glass each. I had an Alt Bier.
Favorite Dish: My Alt Bier. I love this stuff.
When I was in high school, I had a classmate named Ryan McTarnahan, who told me about his grandfather... it was not until 10 years later that I know how great a beer he produces!
Go into the Portland Brewing company for lunch while you are in Portland, and you can see why this Northwest town is so popular with the microbrewers!
Delicious beer and great food is what to expect here... try the fish and chips for an old world style... of have the spinach and bleu cheese salad for more of a noveau feel!
This restaurant is located in McMinnville's downtown area.
Very nice and cozy atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: My favourite dishes:
1. Minestrone (soup).
2. Fresh Dungeness Crab and Pine Nut Lasagna.
3. Creme Brulee (dessert)
This is one of the popular places to come for college sports fans in the southwest part of the Portland area (and to a lesser extent the rest of Portland).
There are an extensive list of items on the menu.
Along with several large screens for the sports fan crowds that gather here, there are other games as well, including a shuffleboard, two pool tables, and a dart board.
There are few windows in the place and the interior is dark, but that makes for better viewing of the TV screens.
Some menu items are listed on the web site.
There are only a few vegetarian items on the menu for those of you that require vegetarian food, but some of the salads are a good choice.
Above average Pub food. You will not leave this place wanting more to eat. But, you did not come here for the food, did you? The ales are among the best in Portland or anywhere else in North America.
Favorite Dish: Brutal Ruben or the Fish Tacos.
Must try on the Ales:
Morimoto Black Obi Soba
Santa's Private Reserve
Hop Heaven(fresh hop ale, seasonal only)
Lucky Lab Westside is found in a refurbished 1920's Masonic Temple. The Masons seem to be all getting old and don't need so many meeting halls anymore, but I think they would be quite pleased with the way this hall has found its second life. The building is on the east end of the little Multnomah District, which is like many other small gemlike neighborhood centers that can be found outside of Portland's center (for a good description of such a neighborhood in Seattle to the north, see jonathan_c's Fremont District The Fremont in Seattle (as can be said for Ballard, Queen Anne, Magnolia, West Seattle, etc) is much like several neighborhood districts in Portland, maybe not obvious to the casual tourist who comes into for a one or two day visit, but the neighborhoods are what really make these two Northwestern cities so liveable. Back to the Lucky Lab, the same beer line-up as at the Eastside brewpub can be found here, though the food is geared more towards pizza, create a more family-oriented atmosphere. In keeping with the canine-friendly philosophy of the Lucky Lab, there are lots of picnic tables out front where you can enjoy a beer with your four legged friend in the sun while Life drifts by on Capitol Highway.
Favorite Dish: Stumptown Porter (The original nickname of Portland back in the mid-19th Century because of all the treestumps left around as a result of rapid development), and Black Lab Stout are cherished favorites though Super Dog - a hopped up extra pale ale - is most popular.
One of Portland's least-known breweries, Tuck's is located in a small building next to the Old Cider Mill Restaurant and Tavern/Fryer Tuck's Chicken (The last outlet for a home-grown fried chicken fast food chain in Portland - chicken with Little John spuds on the side). The brewery is only open on Saturday afternoons when you will find brewmaster Max Tieger usually doing the honors. There is always a wide variety of beers to be sampled and local homebrewers like to congregate and talk shop.
Note that no beer is served in the brewery. You can find that next door.
Favorite Dish: There is always something different on tap here. I am partial to the Farmers Daughter which is a Belgian farmstyle beer.
This small brewpub in the Hillsdale District - about five car minutes south of downtown - is the first of the many brewpubs in the vast McMenamin's chain. It is a negihborhood house with history. The McMenamin brothers were among the forces who persuaded the State Legislature to change the laws regarding breweries and the sale of beer. Before the law was changed, breweries could only sell their products through distributers. Distributers were dependent upon Big Beer and did not want anyone else to come along (Big Beer was pretty good at persuading the distributers what they wanted ;-\). The law was changed to allow breweries to sell their beers from their breweries and the brewpub was born. Hillsdale has been at it longer than anyone else. This is where the main stable of McMenamin beers originated, but they usually also have something else brewed up on tap ready to go. The food is good pub food - meaning soups, burgers, etc..
Favorite Dish: Classic McMenamin beers are probably the Terminator Stout and Ruby Tuesday.
The Lucky Lab Brewpub began life in an old roofing supply store in the inner Eastside (Roots Brewpub is only a few blocks to the north from here). There is a large pub inside, featuring a huge grand bar from which to put your orders in from. Outside, on the north side, there is an old covered landing dock covered with picnic tables that is open for people to congregate with their canine friends. Food is pub-oriented, with sandwiches, hummus plates and bentos of various sorts. Stumptown Porter (The original nickname of Portland back in the mid-19th Century because of all the treestumps left around as a result of rapid development), and Black Lab Stout are cherished favorites though Super Dog - a hopped up extra pale ale - is most popular. An interesting name or theme can lead to interesting merchandise lines and here you have the Lucky Lab sprouting forth on all sorts of shirts, hats, etc.. One popular bulletin board invites people to send in pictures of the clothing being worn in locations around the World. Don't be surprised to see someone wearing a Lucky Lab shirt in your neck of the woods!
Favorite Dish: Stumptown Porter (The original nickname of Portland back in the mid-19th Century because of all the treestumps left around as a result of rapid development), and Black Lab Stout are cherished favorites though Super Dog - a hopped up extra pale ale - is most popular
One of the most extensive efforts that the McMenamin brothers have been involved with. It was a public grade school from 1916 (The school was actually on the outskirts of the City!) until 1980 when Suburban Flight reduced the number of children to be served and needed asbestos rehabilation cause the Portland Public Schools to close the doors. They remain closed for over a decade and the whole neighborhood decayed. Just at the point of no return, the McMenamins stepped in with the idea of creating a counterpoint to their East Multnomah masterpiece, Edgefield Manor. The resulting edifice is oriented with one eye also to the community around which it serves. Inside, there is a brewery; cigar pubs; hotel rooms - two rooms per old classroom; a theater; a large restaurant in the old cafeteria; a very nice interior outside seating area; a nice outside seating area on what was a loading dock (outside my third grade window, now restyled as the Cypress Room); the old playgrounds are divided up into a large parking lot (Never large enough for weekends, as the School is a very popular location) and gardens which are also open to locals to grow within. On opening night, the place was totally jammed and a few of us old students could be found milling about apreciating the new use that the school had found, the amazing artwork throughout. My sister and I even met up with our old second grade teacher who looked pretty old even when we were in the second grade, so many, many years ago! ;-\ The community around Kennedy has seen a real rebirth in the following years since the McMenamins opened. Businesses and families have returned, when they saw that the way reopened. A great place for visitors to Portland to experience something totally unique.
Favorite Dish: There several restaurants within the School - you can get pizza from the Theater Pub, pub food from the Cypress Room and a full service restaurant in the old Cafeteria. There is a brewery here, as well. Besides the normal McMenamins standbys - Ruby Tuesday, Terminator Stout, Hammerhead - Concordia Ale (named for the community within which Kennedy School resides) is the flagship beer here.
They have a great variety of beer that they brew themselves from lighter malty beers to very very hoppy IPA's. The food is very very good and consistently so. There is a area inside w/ a lively friendly local bar feel with booths around and outside is a huge lovely garden space w/ overhead hops growing. It is very casual and always a great spot to relax.
Favorite Dish: They have nice fresh salads w/ alot of bold flavors. Also great sandwiches. There French onion soup ranks as high as they come. They do a great job with the food. Beers are cheaper than average at 2.25.
McMenamins is a chain of microbreweries that offer a wide selection of different beers and some great tasting basic food offerings too.
It's a comfortable place to go for dinner or after a sporting event.
They have locations throughout Oregon and Washington.