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Recommended Breweries in Seattle & Portland?

There are just so many breweries in Portland and Seattle! My boyfriend and I are going for 10 days in May; any recommendations on which breweries we should check out?

6 Answers

answered by
David from Orange (California)

Just came back from Portland and my personal favorites were Great Notion Brewing and Barrel House and Cascade Brewing Barrel House.  


For Seattle, I know there are many, but for the styles I like, I would say Fremont.

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  1. Great Notion Brewing and Barrel House (restaurant)
  2. Cascade Brewing Barrel House (attraction)
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answered by
Peter from Seattle

In Seattle.:

  1. Machine House Brewery for English-style ales
  2. Fremont Brewing Company for crowded, but pretty awesome outdoor seating.
  3. A walking tour of Ballard breweries...Stoup BrewingPeddler Brewing CompanyReuben's BrewsHilliard's Beer.
  4. Holy Mountain Brewing Company if you're a beer nerd.

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  1. Machine House Brewery (restaurant)
  2. Fremont Brewing Company (restaurant)
  3. Stoup Brewing (attraction)
  4. Peddler Brewing Company (attraction)
  5. Reuben's Brews (attraction)
  6. Hilliard's Beer (attraction)
  7. Holy Mountain Brewing Company (restaurant)
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answered by
Jeff from Portland

Here are my thoughts. My personal favorites are marked with Asterisk*. If you have questions or clarifications on what type of beer you want or food, just comment and happy to help further.

Northwest Portland

10 Barrel Brewing - all their beers are great and they have an amazing rooftop bar. Solid food as well. I really like this place a lot and one of my go-to spots.

Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House - an Oregon staple, they do a number of special beers at this location so you won't get bored here. 

Southeast Portland

Hair of the Dog Brewing Co - very unique, big beers and high alcohol. Fred, Adam, Ruth, Blue Dot are their staples with great specials. Some of their aged, vault beers can get spendy (they created a $2,000 per bottle beer), but you won't find anything else like it in Portland or Seattle. Great, happy place.

Base Camp Brewing Company - A climbing-inspired pub with a big open area in and outside. Solid beers and there is an urban winery right across the street (Cyril's at Clay Pigeon Winery ) and an awesome bar (Rum Club ) if you want to change up your palate

Northeast Portland

Migration Brewing Co. - great outdoor area and their beers are all solid. They have a great meatball sub too. 

Ex Novo Brewing Co. - Sort of nothing else is around for a few blocks, but they are newer, doing really solid beers.

Hopworks BikeBar - Another Portland staple. they have 14-20 beers on tap at any time. their food is really nice. It can be overly kid friendly at times, so depending on if you care or not, just a heads up

Ecliptic Brewing - Another newer brewery. Solid food. They have an adults only section and the restaurant is family friendly. It is in a converted warehouse. 

Beer bars/growler filling stations

Bailey's Taproom - Downtown and always has an awesome beer list. Right next to Mary's Club for another historical Portland landmark

Tin Bucket - "Growler filling bar" but the reality is it has a solid tap list (40+) and bottle selection - 6-8 tables inside and 2-3 outside can make for a nice way to just kill part of your day

Green Dragon Bistro and Pub - Near Cascade Brewing Barrel House and has a big beer selection

Saraveza - Great bottle selection and 8-10 beers on tap (I think). I found most people are hardcore beer people

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. 10 Barrel Brewing (restaurant)
  2. Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House (restaurant)
  3. Hair of the Dog Brewing Co (attraction)
  4. Base Camp Brewing Company (restaurant)
  5. Cyril's at Clay Pigeon Winery (restaurant)
  6. Rum Club (restaurant)
  7. Migration Brewing Co. (restaurant)
  8. Ex Novo Brewing Co. (restaurant)
  9. Hopworks BikeBar (restaurant)
  10. Ecliptic Brewing (attraction)
  11. Bailey's Taproom (attraction)
  12. Mary's Club (attraction)
  13. Tin Bucket (restaurant)
  14. Green Dragon Bistro and Pub (restaurant)
  15. Cascade Brewing Barrel House (attraction)
  16. Saraveza (restaurant)
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answered by

you really cannot go wrong in either place.

in Seattle; check out Elysian, Pike Place, Fremont Brewing, Naked City, Black Raven.  Outside of the city but worthy are Diamond Knot or Redhook.

Portland; has quite a few unique ones also, but my favorites are Hopworks Urban Brewery and Breakside.

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answered by
Justin from Phoenix

In major craft beer cities like Portland or Seattle, I go more for beer bars that focus on regional beers than individual breweries; that way, I can sample a whole bunch of good stuff in one place. If I hear that a particular brewery has some seasonal/specialty stuff, I'll take the extra step to get there. But it all starts at the regional-focused beer bars (you can also interrogate the locals there).

It's been awhile since I've been in Seattle, so I can't help there. But in Portland, I'm all about the Green Dragon Bistro and Pub.

If you manage to go through Astoria, be sure to skip Rogue and go straight to Fort George Brewery.

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  1. Green Dragon Bistro and Pub (restaurant)
  2. Astoria (city)
  3. Fort George Brewery (restaurant)
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answered first by
Crystal from Anchorage


I'm definitely not an expert in all of the breweries, but last time I was in Portland my friend took me to Cascade Brewing Barrel House which was really fun. They only brew sour beers and had about a dozen or so varieties on tap when we were there. We got taster sizes of everything, and some good appetizers too. I thought it was neat because it was so specialized and different than other brew pubs I had been to.

Just thought I would share!

Happy travels,

Crystal, Traveler's Toast

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  1. Portland (city)
  2. Cascade Brewing Barrel House (attraction)
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