Experimental Tastes at Labrewatory

Experimental Tastes at Labrewatory
70 N. Russell Street | Portland, OR 97227
(971) 271-8151

Portland, Oregon is regularly rated among America’s top craft beer cities. According to oregoncraftbeer.org, it’s estimated that 53% percent of all draft beer consumed in Oregon is brewed in Oregon. There are currently 58 breweries in Portland and 84 in the Portland metro area.

I recently had a chance to visit Portland, Oregon, and while I did not visit all 84 Portland-area breweries, I did manage to check out 14 stand out breweries.

Labrewatory, located in North Portland, opened in November 2015 as a “test lab” for brewers to concoct unique libations on the house 5 barrel brew system. The 50-seat science-themed taproom features beakers and flasks on shelves behind the bar and lighting that resembles atom diagrams.

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The tap list at Portland’s Craft Beer Lab features one-offs and collaborations like Summer Frambois – a golden raspberry leaf saison, Mjango Unchained – a pineapple and mango dry pilsner, and Johns-Moto – an IPA brewed in collaboration with RISE & WIN Brewing from Japan. You can also find more exotic concoctions such as You’re My Boy Blue – a blue corn saison, Pork Chop Express – a Japanese rice lager, and Roca Like a Hurricane – an almond roca.


Snacks available at the tap room include tamales (chicken, pork, or veggie) and pretzels (served warm and salted with spicy mustard.) Non-alcoholic drinks are available, and there are plenty of board games to keep the fun going.

The taproom is open Tuesday to Thursday 3 to 9 PM, Friday 3 to 11 PM, Saturday 1 to 11 PM, and Sunday noon to 7 PM. Beers are available to go in Crowlers. There is plenty of street parking.

Check out more breweries from Steph’s Portland Beerventure and for more beer spots in cities across the country, check out our complete Beerventure Series lineup.

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