The New Oregon (Beer) Trail
The state with nearly 200 breweries is the ideal place for a suds-fueled adventure. Here, our favorite stops in Beer Land, U.S.A.
The city’s best Belgian-style brewery, the Commons has gone from the founder’s garage to greatness in just over three years. Start with the grassy Urban Farmhouse saison and work up to limited-release sours and other novelties.
Craft beer’s communal ethos is on display at Ex Novo Brewing Co., where all profits go to charity and an eclectic crowd comes for beers such as the piney Eliot IPA.
Overlooking Cape Kiwanda’s soaring cliffs and the occasional whale, Pelican Brewing Co., in Pacific City, is the state’s best spot to view the sunset—or winter waves—with a beer in hand. Try the portlike Stormwatcher’s Winterfest.
In the gritty-chic old cannery town of Astoria, Fort George Brewery & Public House offers such rarities as the smoky-sweet Cavatica Stout
The Columbia Gorge’s cataract canyons and wide-screen vistas are worth the drive alone; excellent small breweries up the ante. Mainstay Double Mountain has seriously tasty brick-oven pizza and the beer to go with it—the Vaporizer, a cracker-crisp pale ale.
Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Brewery pours Peche n’ Brett, a tangy saison amped up with buckets of ripe peaches—like bottled sunshine.