70 N. Russell Street | Portland, OR 97227
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.
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.