The Pacific Northwest state of Oregon is a sort of Mecca for craft beer lovers. The burgeoning industry saw at the end of the 20th century and the first decade of this century a number of nationally-recognized breweries start in the Beaver State, and some of them are still in operation to this day.
Planning a trip to Oregon for beer lovers is like planning a trip to Italy for pasta lovers: there’s so much to see and try! Try to add these three breweries to your list, however, on your next trip to Oregon.
Full Sail Brewing Company: Hood River
Full Sail, located in the small town of Hood River, is a small, independent brewery that offers up daily tours by request of its beautiful installation overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. This brewery has a history, as well, as it was the first craft brewery in the region to bottle its beer.
Deschutes Brewery: Bend
Head south and inland and you’ll find yourself in Bend, the home of Deschutes, one of Oregon’s most highly-acclaimed breweries. Favorites such as its Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale can be sampled in its drafthouse after a tour of the facilities.
Ninkasi Brewing Company: Eugene
The college town of Eugene is a strong point for the state’s craft beer scene, with Ninkasi being its most-beloved brewery. This microbrewery is all about an enjoyable, relaxing vibe, and the one-hour tour offering of its “brewing campus” is a great wait to spend some time in the home of the University of Oregon.