So we went to Oregon primarily to check out the wine regions, but dang if Portland is not full of really really good beer. Aside from the nationally recognized Rogue distillery, the city alone is home to many excellent microbrews and brew pubs. If only Katherine enjoyed beer even a little bit we could have spent three days just checking out the different tap rooms in the city.
Alas this was not to be, so I tried as many as I could starting with Deschutes. All the beer I tried was very good, but I felt the Oatmeal Pale and Black Butte Porter really stood out. Also the food, though a little pricey for pub food, is awesome and with cider on tap it is a good place to take someone for lunch who is not into beer so much.
Another great place for beer that also has great cocktails for the non beer drinker was McMenamins Lighthouse in Lincoln City. Aside from a great list of microbrews, they also made their own whiskeys and brandy, which they put into many tasty libations like their take on a hot toddy with house made pear brandy (look below). Not to mention the food is pretty tasty as well. My favorite beer was a twist on the Black and Blonde made with Terminator Stout and the Ruby ale.
We also had some great cocktails on our trip including some at Andina in Portland. Not only does this place have amazing Peruvian food but the drink menu alone is worth the trip. I swear we would have been there for happy hour every day if it had been possible. Below are the Pisco Sour, right, and Sacsayhuaman (passion fruit and spice!) which were the first round while we waited for our table for dinner. We had two more rounds before dinner and the cocktails were so good that instead of wine, we continued with liquor. It was a fun train ride back to the hotel after that.
In my quest to eat something worthwhile in the airport we tried Goose Island in Chicago. I figured as long as the food was slightly better than Applebee’s the beer would make up for it. Although the beer was tasty, I suggest skipping the food since the walk there is way out of the way for most travelers flying through there. I mean learn how to cook fries guys, it is not rocket science.
Of course who could skip mentioning coffee on a trip to the Pacific Northwest. OK I mentioned it. (We’re saving our favorite coffee libation for next week.)