It is well known that if you want the best in coffee, you go to Seattle. For the best wine, you go to
California. When it comes to the best in beer, you go to Portland Oregon, where your never more than twenty minutes
away from a quality brewpub.
The Williamette Rive in western Oregon has been the center of hop growing and brewing since the days of the
pioneers. When the microbrew revolution began, the history and the hops were already there, along with the spring
water, the grain, and the fruit for summer beers. As a result, regional brewers and microbrewers began to spring up
all over the place.
After that, it did not take long for the infamous brewpub to follow. These hand crafted beers were not just for
washing down food but could also be used in cooking, just like wine. In the brewpubs of Portland, the beer also
forms a base for salad dressing, spices up marinades, and even helps to sweeten desserts as well.
Many brewpubs will offer a sampler of the best in beer tasting. You can think of it as wine tasting without the
snooty steward. You sip on small amounts of a variety of brews to see what the brewer can do, from the light and
hoppy to the dark yet sweet brews.
So, what should you expect
Good head on the beer - Good head ensures that you will get a strong smell of the brew, so be sure to pour
it into your glass very carefully.
Always use a glass - You should always use a clean glass, a very clean glass. In most brewing
establishments, the glasses are always hand washed and air dried to ensure that there is not a speck of grease
in the glass to deflate the head and leave soapy looking bubbles behind.
The English are right - As the English know, refrigerated beer is too cold to fully appreciate the taste.
In brewpubs, the beer is served at temperatures that are cool but not that cold. The iced and chilled glasses
are saved for martinis.
Vocabulary - Beer has a mouth feel, which describes the body of the brew - light, medium, and full. The
color can be misleading, as even light bodied beers can be full bodied.
To get the most out of a visit to Oregon, you will need to try a local craft beer. Even if you do not like to
drink craft beer, it is something you should at least experience.
If you are new to microbrews, you should know that just because the beer is a microbrew, it certainly does not
mean that you will need a knife and fork to drink it. All over the state, you will find several different
microbreweries that offer everything you could ever want.
All mass produced American style lagers have set a rather disappointing standard for the beer drinkers of the
country. These beers can only be as good as their ingredients and instead of the fine grains such as barley and
wheat, cheaper replacements such as corn and rice are often used. In place of the whole kiln hops, the bigger
breweries rely on small pellets of compressed hop dust.
Throughout the state of Oregon, there are more than fifty microbreweries that provide both locals and visitors
with many alternatives to drinking. The microbrewed craft will rely on tradition, using the more expensive
ingredients in place of money saving shortcuts. The implication here, are that these types of beer are normally
bitter or overly sweet.
Anytime you visit an unfamiliar brewpub, there is a great way to sample a variety of brews without having to buy
a whole pint. Several pubs offer a sampler tray with five to seven two ounce beers, often labeled to avoid any type
So, if you are looking for the best in microbrews, you can count on Oregon to deliver the best in beer. There
are hundreds of brewpubs in Oregon, with everything you could ever wish for. Anytime you are in the area, do not
hesitate to stop off and see why Oregon microbrews are easily amongst the best in the United States - or the world
for that matter.