Portland: Home to 7 of the Top 100 Beer Bars in America!

  
Draft Magazine just released its 2011 listing of the top 100 Beer Bars in America.  Portland, home to 7 of the top bars, made a VERY strong showing on the list!  You can see the article with the complete listing here.

Here are the top bars in Portland as well as the description provided by Draft Magazine.  A big congratulations to each of these great watering holes!

  • APEX:  APEX slips a few coveted foreigners into its 49 taps, which are mostly an excellent introduction to local brews, especially IPAs such as Laurelwood Hop Pickin’ Ale. Stay close to the bar, and take notes from the flat-screen TV displaying real-time updates on what’s pouring. 1216 S.E. Division St., apexbar.com (new to our list)
  • BAILEY'S TAP ROOM:  This brightly lit corner bar in downtown Portland straddles the fence between business and casual. Beer enthusiasts come for the 20 taps and nearly 100 bottles, focusing primarily on Oregon breweries. With its city street locale and window seating, this is the best place to people-watch while downing local beer. 213 S.W. Broadway, baileystaproom.com (serves food, sells beer to go)
  • BELMONT STATION:  Belmont Station is where connoisseurs and newbies alike come for a calendar packed with meet-the-brewer nights to events like the recent Crazy Beer Week. If you go on an off night, you’ll still find the likes of Mikkeller Monk’s Brew pouring from the 20 taps, and 1,200 bottles in the adjacent store. 4500 S.E. Stark St., belmont-station.com (serves food, 400+ beers, sells beer to go)
  • CONCORDIA ALE HOUSE: This spacious, dog-legged bar’s 20 taps pour hard-to-find suds (for non-natives, at least) like Walking Man Knuckle Dragger, while roughly 150 bottles cover the best in global craft. Events like the Beer Brawl, where patrons blind-taste Oregon, Washington and California brews and select a champion, push the catch-all crowd beyond casual drinking. 3276 N.E. Killingsworth St., concordia-ale.com (serves food)
  • THE GREEN DRAGON:  Rogue Ales took this bar last year, but you’d never know it sitting inside this converted industrial space: 50 taps present local options from Lucky Lab to Silver Moon. When the bar opens its large garage doors, enjoy a cool breeze; if the weather’s exceptional, take your beer out back to the picnic tables. 928 S.E. 9th Ave., pdxgreendragon.com (serves food)
  • HORSE BRASS PUB:  Phenomenal beer and proprietor Don Younger’s zeal make this place one of the very best bars in the country. Inside the shadowy, wooden paneled bar, year-round Christmas lights show the way to the taps, a collection of 53 gems pouring locals from BridgePort and Terminal Gravity alongside regional guests. Tip back a pint of Younger’s Special Bitter on cask alongside a plate of fish and chips, and you’ll swear you’re across the Pond. 4534 S.E. Belmont St., horsebrass.com (serves food)
  • SARVEZA:  This Portland bar’s a little slice of the Midwest. Vintage Green Bay Packers swag and weathered macro ads adorn the walls, while 10 rotating taps and 200 bottles pour everything from Duchesse de Bourgogne Flemish Red Ale to Barley Brown’s Turmoil. Line your stomach with Saraveza’s pasties; we like the veggie-loaded Potater. 1004 N. Killingsworth St., saraveza.com (serves food, sells beer to go, new to our list)

I've only visited and blogged about two of these bars—Bailey's Taproom and Horse Brass Pub.  Looks like I have a new list of places I need to visit!

Do you have a favorite Portland Beer Bar that isn't listed?  If so, please let me know which one and why you like it.


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