Portland beer is the most popular craft beer in the country, but when you ask Portland experts, they would say that the whole of Oregon is making perfectly crafted brews that are worth stopping by. At least 302 breweries are operating between coastal Oregon and the highlands of Oregon. Some of the best breweries in Oregon on our list for 2022 are below.
If you’re looking for something more local, you can check out our other Oregon brewery articles below.
You can also look at our best breweries in America article if you are looking for something in a different city or state.
To help you decide amidst so many options and save you from the hassle of choosing, we have curated a list of breweries to visit in Oregon. Without much ado, let’s dive into it.
- De Garde Brewing
- The Ale Apothecary
- Double Mountain Brewery and Cidery
- Boneyard Beer Company
- Barley Brown’s Brew Pub
- Wolves & People Farmhouse’s Brewery
De Garde Brewing
Tillamook is the cheesiest town to visit in Oregon. Just by the coast, the town has a perfect brewery that offers both traditional and classic palates of brews with exquisite flavors. De Garde Brewing is the ideal partner for the cheese manufactured in Tillamook. The owners, Trevor Rogers, and Lindsey Hamacher have found the coastal microbes that fit the yeast requirement of brewing. Unlike many other breweries, De Garde doesn’t use any laboratory yeast but uses the cool ship method to ferment beer in oak barrels for years. The weather for the cool ship is best in Tillamook, and it is only 70km away from the hub of the beer game: Portland.
The microbrewery has a taproom you can visit, and you can buy bottles of your favorite beers on the way out. The particular beers we have always liked are Nectarnine Premiere, a citrusy farmhouse ale, and The Peach, one of the wild ales.
The Ale Apothecary
The microbrewery is one of the best breweries in Bend. It is distinguished from other breweries in Bend because, unlike the traditional scene of a rowdy hard party scene, it has a bit of calm atmosphere where you can relax. It is owned by an experienced brewer Paul Arney, who worked with other breweries from 1995 till 2011 when he established the first sour brewery in Bend. The uniqueness of brews from Ale Apothecary is that they are 100% free from industrial and artificial ingredients and processes needed to form a single batch of ale. Using soft water from the lands of Oregon and yeast from the woods nearby, the whole brewing process is organic; even the carbonation is done with honey and fruit extracts found in Oregon.
The brewery nestled at the foot of mountains in Oregon has the best taproom that offers various sours and wild ales. The Be Still beer is a roasted barley, and biscuit malts brew that has been reviewed as the finest of the beers by The Ale Apothecary.
Double Mountain Brewery and Cidery
Originating in 2007, the Double Mountain Brewery and Cidery have worked hard with unmatchable flavors to make a name in Hood River. The brewery has everything for everyone. If you are going as a couple or with a group of friends, then hop to the brew joint for some seasonal beers, traditional options of beers, and krieks. The craft beers include IPAs, light ales, and hardcore beers as well.
The best-selling beer by Double Mountain Brewery is Bullwheel IPA. It had a mixture of flavors like pineapple, citrus, and evergreen, which should taste bitter but doesn’t. The best part of visiting Hood River is that it is the only city in Oregon where you can drink a craft beer out of the brewery, like in a park or anywhere you want, like strolling with friends in the streets of Hood River. So having a holiday in Hood River sounds relaxing.
Boneyard Beer Company
Boneyard Beer Company started in 2010 in an old auto shop in Bend. In May of 2010, Tony Lawerance first brewed a batch of beer in second-hand fermenting machines. Since the success of Boneyard’s first 20-barrel system, it has grown more and now has a 15000-barrel system. The taprooms always have exhibitions for brews with flavors that are unique.
The motto of the Boneyard Pub and Brewery is to produce brews that are beneficial to consumers. One of the exciting products produced by the brewery is its “Boneyard Elixir.” It is a CBD brew brewed with local raw materials, including mountain water from the Cascade mountains and hemp extracts. The other brews produced are made with American wheat. The sweet taste of beer and the aesthetic light gold hues make a single glass attractive.
Barley Brown’s Brew Pub
The Barley Brown Brew Pub is the go-to place for beer and food. The brewery is located in a valley surrounded by the incredible mountains of the Wallowa and the Elkhorn. It serves the locals’ traditional and one-of-a-kind recipes that cannot be found anywhere else.
The most preferred brew by Barley brown brew pub is Cerveza Negra Caliente; the homemade brew comforts the clients in the chilly weather. The locals call this homemade “Hot Black Beer.” The jalapenos and chocolate warm up the tongue, the hot and spicy flavor flows smoothly in the mouth, and you feel warm and fuzzy all over.
Since it is a restaurant, the food served must complement the beers crafted. The locals love their nachos which are worth the visit as you trek on the hills of Baker’s City. The brewery is a perfect getaway from city life. While in Baker City, you can enjoy the Oregon Trail Center and the haunted Geiser Grand Hotelando and listen to the residents’ ghost stories.
Wolves & People Farmhouse’s Brewery
The last on our list is the Wolves and People Farmhouse Brewery, twenty-some miles away from Portland; this is a microbrewery and restaurant you can visit with your family. Although Newberg is known for wine, the brewery is pretty famous in all states. There is a beer garden from where you can soak in the view of the Willamette Valley. Their farm brews chocolate beers, and IPAs that are quite famous for the unique recipes the owners follow.
The chocolate beer has a mixed aroma of chocolate, hazelnut, and sugar. The brew is called Nut Farm. The next on the small menu list is Honeycone, a fruity hopped honey IPA. The restaurant also offers a versatile menu to go with the drinks.