Our small group walking tour takes you to the side of the river where the hotbed of innovation has always been, across from downtown Portland in a neighborhood packed with breweries young and old. We'll meet at our shop on SE 7th Avenue and head toward the river into an industrial neighborhood rich with food and art, exploring the past and the present of Portland's craft brewing culture. Portland was a leader in the craft beer industry both in the U.S. and worldwide, and has boasted more breweries than any city; whatever your beer love (sours? Craft barrel-aging? Belgians? Wits? Imperial IPAs? Old World German styles? Fresh hops, dry hops, no hops?), there's certainly a brewery that made its name in that style. All of these thrive in this neighborhood where Around Portland Tours makes its home. The tour in total is 2-3 miles of walking, with just enough beer tasting so you'll know which stop you'd like to return to. At each brewery we'll walk you through the choices and let you select your favorites. It's important to us that you experience beer more intimately than most tours; instead of going to the biggest, best known beermongers, we select smaller craft producers whose eccentric brewers eschew international fame for truly fantastic beer aimed at locals. We always keep groups very small, so you'll have an intimate experience with your passionate guides.
I'm Sarah Gilbert, co-founder of Around Portland Tours and together with my partners and guides Edwin, Madi, Jonathan, and Tom will host the experiences. I'm a published writer of essays and professional storyteller, and each of the narratives around which our tours are based was designed as a collaboration between my partners and route designers as a movable narrative, what we call place-based storytelling. We've been drinking beer in Portland for a long time! And as passionate aficionados of all things brewed, we have tasted through our neighborhood, up and down, back and forth. We take our team out on field trips through the neighborhood to meet brewers, walk through brew operations, smell mash, play with hop blossoms, and of course to taste and learn what this neighborhood -- ground central in U.S. craft beer -- has to offer.
We'll order some delicious local snacks at one of the breweries
Beer samples at every stop
Meet at our shop at 1210 SE 7th Ave. We will visit breweries like Hair of the Dog Brewing, one of the oldest craft breweries in the city and one of the first in the west to experiment with barrel aging. The experiments continue; every day Hair of the Dog picks a special aged barrel to tap. Another favorite is Wayfinder Beer, our destination for inventive beer, and an adventurous, iconic theme; enjoy unusual beers in a beautiful industrial space.
Taste the beer that changed the world