Must-Try Microbreweries in Portland

A microbrewery is a small, limited-production brewery that makes and sells specialty beer in limited quantities. If you live in Portland, you’ll be happy to know that there are around 70 microbreweries around your area. This means you’ll have numerous options for delicious beer and other alcoholic drinks nearby!


Here are several must-try microbreweries in Portland:


Level Beer


Level Beer used to be a farm and produce market. Today, it is home to great beer. Its popular beers are pale ales and IPAs, like the Pixelate Pale and Game On! IPA. It also has other beers, such as stouts and pilsners.


What’s great about this brewery is its food trucks outside, giving customers many delicious food choices like burritos and shawarma. There’s also a kid’s play area, so you can have a drink or two while watching your child play. Level Beer also has “Level 2” in Multnomah Village and “Level 3” on inner Sandy Boulevard.


Breakside Brewery


Award-winning Breakside Brewery won the gold medal at the Great American Beer Fest in 2014 and has been a successful player in the microbrewing industry since then. Today, it continues to win awards, including 12 medals at the 2022 Oregon Beer Awards. They have two locations in Portland, NW Slabtown and NE Dekum Pub. They also serve a wide array of food, including nachos and sandwiches. 


Leikam Brewing


If you’re looking for a laid-back place to relax and have a few beers, Leikam Brewing is right. The family-owned brewery is in a converted house and has a bar where the living room used to be. There’s also a front porch and side patio perfect for hanging out. Enjoy Oly’s Pizza while having a pint or two. Leikam Brewing also holds trivia, comedy nights, and sip ‘n’ sketch events. This brewery is Portland’s first Kosher brewery.


Wayfinder Beer


This lager-centric brewery combines old and new-school techniques to create elevated and unique lagers. One of the best reasons to swing by Wayfinder Beer is its large outdoor patio that offers a cozy fire pit when the weather gets too cold. The brewery also offers simple yet delicious pub food, including a popular cauliflower banh mi and pretzel with beer cheese.

Wayfinder Beer has also won several awards, such as Oregon Beer of the Year and Best Oregon Brewpub.


Upright Brewing


Upright Brewing brews French- and Belgian-style beers with Northwest influence. This taproom is a hidden hole in the wall, making it even more attractive to beer nerds and local beer lovers. It offers limited releases using unique brewing techniques, such as an old cask finished with lobster mushrooms. It describes itself as creating “small batch beers crafted with character.”


Whichever microbrewery you decide to visit, we’re sure you’ll be in for a treat! From lagers to IPAs to pale ales, the possibilities for a great glass of beer are endless. We plan to try all of them, and you should try them too!