If you go
THE BEST WAY TO PORTLAND, ORE.
From LAX, Alaska and United offer nonstop service to Portland. Southwest offers direct service (stop, no change of planes). Alaska, Southwest and United also offer connecting service (change of planes). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $256.
Upright Brewing, 240 N. Broadway, Suite 2; (503) 735-5337, http://www.uprightbrewing.com. In addition to offering free samples at the Saturday Portland Farmers Market, Upright operates a tasting room on weekends. A 12-ounce glass of beer, $2-$3; a sampler tray, $6.
Rogue Distillery & Public House, 1339 NW Flanders; (503) 222-5910, http://www.rogue.com. The beer is brewed at the flagship brewery in Newport, Ore., but the Portland location serves 32 ales on tap and a full menu from appetizers to desserts. Beers, $5.50-$5.75 a pint.
Tugboat Brewing Co., 711 SW Ankeny St.; (503) 226-2508, http://www.d2m.com/Tugwebsite. This cozy, book-lined pub on a downtown side street serves snacks, free popcorn and six house taps for $3-$3.50 a pint.
Hopworks Urban Brewery, 2944 SE Powell Blvd.; (503) 232-4677, http://www.hopworksbeer.com. The burnished wood interior of this onetime Caterpillar bulldozer repair space features family-friendly seating, a bar and patio seating. It serves snacks, pizzas, burgers and beer sausage. Beers cost about $4.
Alameda Brewhouse, 4765 NE Fremont St.; (503) 460-9025, http://www.alamedabrewhouse.com. This well-established neighborhood brew pub has a warm brick interior, a full menu and a reputation for better-than-average fare. Beers, $4.25 a pint.
WHERE TO STAY
Jupiter Hotel, 800 E. Burnside St.; (877) 800-0004, http://www.jupiterhotel.com.
On the street that divides Portland into north and south, the Jupiter Hotel sets you up for brewery touring in every quadrant of the city. Or you can visit the adjacent Doug Fir Lounge, the epicenter of Portland cool in a Twin Peaks meets Jetsons sort of way. Doubles from $119.
McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave.; (888) 249-3983. http://www.mcmenamins.com/427-kennedy-school-home
The 35-room inn is housed in a former elementary school (now on the Historic Register), with an on-campus movie theater, soaking pool and — yes —a brewpub. Brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin are pioneers of the Northwest brewing scene. Kennedy School is a gem in their statewide empire. Doubles from $110.
WHERE TO EAT
Helser's on Alberta, 1538 NE Alberta Street; (503) 281-1477, http://www.helsersonalberta.com/.
Popular breakfast and lunch spot in an arts district. Breakfasts, $5.95 to $10.95.
Vindalho, 2038 SE Clinton St.; (503) 467-4550, http://www.vindalho.com/. Chef David Machado serves Indian dinners made with Northwest ingredients. Entrees $14 to $19.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Oregon Brewers Guild, http://oregonbeer.org
Oregon Beer Festival, July 22-25, http://www.oregonbrewfest.com
Portland Visitors Information, http://www.travelportland.com/visitors/Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times