Somehow on Tuesday's post about Bridgeport, the comments veered off on a tangent of what beer places to recommend to out-of-town visitors to Portland.
My top three recommendations to anyone are always:
- Horse Brass: great atmosphere, great beer, decent food
- Deschutes: great beer, good food
- Lucky Lab (Hawthorne): perfect Portland vibe
One of the commenters yesterday suggested Hopworks as a great place to take visitors, and even though it isn't the first place that comes to my mind, there is nothing but solid beer there, and guests I've taken to HUB have always been very impressed (especially if they have young kids).
I think pub crawls are also a great way to show off the town, since there are often several good pubs within easy walking distance of one another. If you can get your guests on a bike, so much the better. I've written about a few Portland pub crawls, but several of them are out of date due to openings and closings, so you might want to check out Jeff's series of pub crawls on Beervana.
What about you? Where do you insist on taking out-of-town guests for beer, and why?