Brews on Belmont – Portland, OR

Have you worked your way through the great breweries in downtown Portland? It’s time to head east! (and if not, go check out: Brew Crawling Through Downtown PDX) I’ll be spending the next couple posts to cover some of the best breweries on the east side of the Willamette. Today it’s all about the Belmont Goat Blocks. That’s right, I said goats!

Between 2012 and 2014 this area was undeveloped, and instead of paying for lawn case services, goats were brought in to keep the area trimmed. These goats are gone now, moved upstate to a farm (It isn’t like that time your parents told you that; you can watch them here: Today, there’s a lot to do on Belmont!

Cascade Barrel House

Welcome to the House of Sour! If you love tart beers, this is a must-visit on any trip to Portland. They have some of the best sours I’ve ever had.

Brews to Choose:

Because many of their beers are hi-test, they don’t do flights. They will pour you two small pours at a time though.

  • Get whatever they have that’s live in the barrel. Both the Nukular Blues (a spiced quad aged in white wine barrels with fresh blueberries) and the Bourbon Basil Lemon shown above are awesome.
  • If I love anything, I love a. sour beers, b. strong beers, and c. beers with puns in their names. For those reasons you also need to get the Vlad the Imp Aler and the Bourbonic Plague.  Both are full flavored,  strong (clocking in a 10 and 12 % respectively) and the former made my list of best beers of 2017 (My 17 Best Beers of 2017)

Modern Times: Belmont Fermentorium

This is the newest kid on the (goat) blocks. Modern Times is a San Diego brewery that just open up this location in Portland last week. My cousin and I stumbled upon the grand opening celebrations after hitting up Cascade and got wowed by the great beers and amazing art installations. When we were there, the place was filled with some amazing papercraft art.

The tables have turned, Mario!

Brews to Choose:

Flights are pick four from their extensive list.

  • Critical Band is a great NE style IPA. An even better one: their Nearly Fast as Light.
  • Fortunate Islands was the highlight of the trip – it’s a hoppy pale wheat ale.
  • Fruitlands is a solid gose, especially if you are into passion fruit and guava.

Schilling Cider House

Headquartered just a few hours north in Seattle, Schilling opened up this cider house in the Summer of 2017. If you are looking for a variety of ciders, this is the place for you! They have 50 (!) on draft, so get a flight! They also make their own corndogs on site.

Brews to Choose:

Ciders are color coded, so you can easily tell which are dry vs sweet. Here are a couple I liked:

  • Ascender (ginger flavored)
  • Grapefruit and Chill
  • Mischief Maker (pomegranate flavored)
  • Lumberjack (rhubarb flavored)
  • Grumpy Bear (cold brew coffee flavored)

And don’t forget to eat a corndog!

Rogue Eastside Pub and Pilot Brewery

Before you head on, don’t forget to stop at this local Rogue location. Pouring about 20 Rogue brews plus plenty of guest drafts, this location also brews some experimental varieties. There’s also a full menu so grab some food!

Brews To Choose:

  • I’m a huge fan of Rogue’s IPAs. The Eastside pub has the 4-Hop all the way through the 8-Hop. You could get a flight from just those!

Next time: more Portland beer! (I visited a lot of breweries when I last visited, so I have a lot to say!)

Until then, best brews!

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