Many people enjoy sampling the various beers that microbreweries, breweries and brew pubs offer. In fact, some people even like to plan their vacations around these important passions. It is not unusual to hear beer aficionados talking about which breweries they were lucky enough to visit and sample while on a vacation or weekend trip.
The specialty beer movement began in Oregon in the early 1980s and has become a signature of the state. Many breweries in the area have gained a well respected name for themselves in the beer industry.
Here is a list of some of the top microbreweries in Oregon. These are do not miss breweries and well worth planning you trip around.
1) Deschutes Brewery Tours and Tastings located at 901 SW Simpson Avenue, Bend, Oregon 97702
The Deschutes Brewery sits in the heart of beautiful and scenic Central Oregon which has long been a tourist haven for its excellent skiing and outdoor sports. While planning a trip to Bend, Oregon it’s always nice to include a tour of the famous brewery.
The Deschutes Brewery has a long history in the Bend area. In 1988 it first put down its roots as a brew pub in old historic downtown. Since those days it has won many awards for its craft beers and they are now sold up and down the western states. They even opened a new brew pub in Portland, Oregon.
Take a tour of this fascinating brewery. Tours take place Monday through Sunday. Their hours are 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. They do offer free samples. These tours are also fun for the entire family and very educational.
Their tasting room hours are Monday through Sunday from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
2) Bridgeport Brewing Co located in Portland, Oregon
This is one of the premier specialty beers of the area. It produces over a 100,000 barrels a year and is sold in eighteen states.
Their brewpub is a do not miss spot on any trip that you might plan to Portland, Oregon. It is located at
1313 NW Marshall Street, Portland, OR 97209. They have absolutely fantastic food and wonderful beer.
3) Full Sail Brewing Company 506 Columbia Street, Portland, Oregon
This brewing company first opened its doors in 1987. It sits overlooking the lovely Columbia River where windsurfers come from around the world to try the rough waters of the massive river. This is how they came by the name for their brewery, “Full Sail.”
This company takes great pride in crafting its beer by hand in a manual powered brew house and their water comes from a spring on Mt. Hood. Its the perfect combination for a perfect brew. They offer daily tours of their brewery free of charge at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Their tasting room and pub are open daily starting at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and dinner.
4) Silver Moon Brewing Company located 24 NW Greenwood Ave, Bend, Oregon 97701
This is small microbrewery located in beautiful Central Oregon. It is well worth a visit to their pub to sample some of their beers and have a lunch or dinner. They are open from noon-11 p.m. daily. They also have live music in the evenings.
5) Widmer Brothers Brewing Company 929 N. Russell St., Portland, OR 97227
Widmer Brothers Brewery was founded by two brothers back in1984. They offer tours of their brewery every Friday and Saturday. Fridays the tour is at 3 p.m. and on Saturdays the tours are at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Advanced reservations are required.
This is only a small list of the top five breweries to visit and tour in Oregon. The affiliation with beer has been long in this state and there are many more interesting stops that a true fan will want to incorporate into any planned trip.