|The Commons Brewery
630 SE Belmont Street | Portland, OR 97214
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.
The Commons Brewery is located in the Central Eastside of Portland, Oregon, just a quick 0.1 mile walk from Cascade Brewing Barrel House. Inspired by European brewing tradition, The Commons Brewery takes a hands-on approach to brewing small batch beers and strives to make well executed, approachable beers with a refreshing and lively character. The beers are geared to be session-able and therefore enable or enhance social interaction.
The Commons moved into its current location in March 2015, complete with a 15 barrel brewhouse. The 13 taps pour 12 house beers and one guest tap with a rotating cider. Year round offerings include the award-winning Urban Farmhouse Ale, an American pale ale with a dose of Brettanomyces Bruxellensis called Flemish Kiss, the Northern German style Pils, and the Lactobacillus fermented Myrtle.
In addition to the year round beers, there are several rotating offerings from The Commons. I enjoyed Stay Awhile, a 4.2% ABV session ale brewed with Equinox hops, and Hibiscus Barrel Saison, an open-top barrel fermented saison with hibiscus.
Food offerings, provided by the Cheese Annex, include cheese and meat boards, soups, and sandwiches. The Grinder is hot capicola, sweet sopressata, spicy Calabrese salami, mozzarella, Mama’s Lil peppers, Dijon mustard, lettuce, vinaigrette on a baguette. Plates include Fondue, Mac and Cheese, Pub Cheese, and Hummus.
The tasting room is open daily from noon to 10 PM. Minors are not allowed in the tasting room. Beer is available in bottles to go. There is plenty of metered street parking.