The Portland You Know: BridgePort BrewPub BridgePort bills itself as Oregon's oldest craft brewer, in a state that is arguably the epicenter of the art. That claim to fame, plus the Pearl District location of this old redbrick brewery, means you'll likely be hoisting your pint of their tasty "heritage beer," Blue Heron, alongside a crowd of tourists from New Jersey. Listings:: BridgePort BrewPub, 1313 N.W. Marshall St., 503-241-3612 or www.bridgeportbrew.com. Portland Worth Discovering: Lompoc's 5th Quadrant brew pub Looking for a new Portland? We found it, well away from downtown, on North Williams Avenue, a north-south thoroughfare that carries more than 3,000 bike commuters daily through a working-class neighborhood. Some riders stop in for a refresher at the 5th Quadrant, or "5Q," in a recently developed two-block strip that is home to six trendy local eateries, plus a yoga studio, Hipcooks cooking school, a European toy shop and a 1965 double-decker London bus housing a boutique selling retro cocktail dresses. Spandex jockeys even can jump on one of the stationary bikes outside Hopworks BikeBar and make pedal power that helps light the pub. Very Portlandish. 5Q, the fifth brew pub for Portland-based Lompoc, has a nice neighborhood feel. My pint of Kick Axe Dry Hopped Pale Ale washed down a Vietnamese banh mi with an Oregon accent: grilled steelhead ($9.50). My wife, Barbara, was thrilled and filled by her softball-sized Reuben burger ($10.50). "Yum, that's like chocolate beer," she said of a glass of Sockeye Cream Stout. At a sidewalk picnic table, I talked beer with 5Q regulars Zach Christensen and Heidi Leibbrandt, who make their own brew and grow hops at their nearby home. Christensen, who's "in telecom," nursed a pint of Lompoc's C-Note pale ale, brewed with seven hops that start with "C" (Crystal, Cluster, Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Columbus and Challenger). It rates a chart-topping 100 International Bitterness Units, a measure of hop infusion, which Portland beer geeks bandy about the way wine snobs talk about grippy tannins. "It's crazy hoppy, which is the trend," Christensen said. "I like what they do here, and at the Sidebar (a Lompoc bar next door), where they're a little more experimental -- they have a beer aged in pinot noir barrels." If you need edgier than that, there's LSD on the menu. That's for "Lompoc Special Draft." Listings: Lompoc's 5th Quadrant brew pub, 3901 N. Williams Ave. (enter around the corner on Failing Street); 503-288-3996 or www.newoldlompoc.com.
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