The happiest thing that ever happened to my wife and I upon moving to Portland last summer is that within a month of getting here, we both fell in love with two pubs, on opposite sides of town, that both serve up excellent beer and quality food at a reasonable price. One is the obscure Rogue Brew Pub in North Plains, OR and the other is the Deschutes Brewery in Downtown Portland, a commonly known hotspot in one of the hippest parts of Portland.
|Looks like a classic back-East pub|
|Wren tastes the Nectar|
|Wren adds a sneaky thumbs up...|
|Horning's Hideout, The Canyon Course|
After a nice afternoon nap, it was time to head out again into the city, this time we headed downtown to Deschutes Brewpub in the fancy Pearl district. But before we got there we took what any visit to Portland should include, a trip up the Aerial Tram where one can see stunning views of Mt. Hood, the Willamette River and Mt. St. Helens all in one place.
|Mt Hood with the Willamette River and Ross Island in the foreground.|
|Portland, the Willamette River and Mt. St. Helens in the background.|
|A shot Eric took of the iconic Deschutes sign.|
|Happy Eric pt II, 6 sample boogaloo.|
|Wren had the Conflux #2, White IPA and I had the Hop In the Dark, Cascadian Dark Ale. Both quite good.|
|The dining room at Deschutes. Very big yet a bit empty by the time we left...|
|I had the Obsidian Stout Mac & Cheese with Fennel Sausage... so good, so rich... too. much. food.|
And that about wraps up our Friday excursion (sans our ridiculously packed trolley ride back to the car, but you don't need to hear about that...). Stay tuned for more Beervana Weekend which should be up over the next few days including the best and worst we had at the Brewers Festival and our brewery tour/meal/beers at Full Sail in Hood River.