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Ultimate Guide to the Best Brewery Patios & Beer Gardens in Portland

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Portland’s outdoor drinking scene has come far in the last few years, so much so that a list of eighteen breweries with the best outdoor patio/beer gardens seemed not just possible but necessary. For research, I drank at all the brewery patios in Portland over the last few months and painstakingly compiled this list and fretted over the rankings. You could make an argument that 12-14 are better or worse than the others and are possibly interchangeable but after careful consideration you might just agree with these rankings.

And FYI, for the purposes of this article we are counting only places that brew on-site which helps to narrow it down, otherwise places like Lompoc’s Hedge House would be on here.

 

#18 Gigantic Brewing

Located not far from Reed College and busy southeast Powell Boulevard is Gigantic Brewing’s taproom and patio that fall just off the beaten track into an area with little visibility. The taproom is a quick and easily accessible taproom for bicyclists and locals in a neighborhood that goes quiet in the evenings and a patio that stays open late with no locals to bother with noise and no traffic to distract from beer and conversation. The patio is small, just like the taproom but it’s well shaded, dog friendly and with a Hawaiian food cart to provide grub. 5224 SE 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97202

 

 

#17 Burnside Brewing Co.

Though it’s in a paring lot and next to a busy central thoroughfare, Burnside Brewing does a great job making the two rows of picnic tables out front of their great brewpub feel like a pleasant beer garden. With planter boxes, hops, flowers and table tents it’s a great place to soak up some sun and Imperial-sized pints, plus it’s dog and family friendly and the food is top notch. There is even some parking and the central location makes for an easy stop-in. 701 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214 www.burnsidebrewco.com/

 

#16 Portland Brewing/MacTarnahan’s

One of the most often forgotten brewpubs in-town also has a great patio all the way out in northwest Portland’s industrial district. The now classic institution Portland Brewing/MacTarnahan’s Taproom has long been a destination for the workers in their blue collar neighborhood for lunch and happy hour but it’s often quiet the rest of the time. After 6pm the neighborhood is pretty dead and thus drinking on the patio and dining from the classic amerciana restaurant fare is a peaceful retreat amongst warehouses. The patio provides both covered and uncovered spaces with plenty of sun or shade for whichever you desire. The taproom also has great daily specials like happy hour food and beer both from 3-6 and 9-close, $10 pitchers on Mondays, $2 pints on Thursdays and buy one fill get one free fill growler fills on Fridas. 2730 NW 31st Ave, Portland, OR 97210 http://www.portlandbrewing.com/taproom/

 

 

#15 Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery

The brewpub formerly known as The Green Dragon is also the only location to actually substantially make their patio worse over the last year. The Green Dragon had been owned by Rogue for years now but recently the company decided to go full Rogue and rebrand and remodel the space. Tragically one of the best parts of the old Green Dragon was their enclosed, tree shaded patio and game room which is now no more. Rogue replaced it with a new patio and it’s pretty solid but it’s hard to ignore your just on pavement off of a busy street without the natural foliage and the enclosed walls that kept out the outside hustle and bustle. 928 SE 9th Ave., Portland, OR, 97214 https://www.facebook.com/pg/RogueEastside/

 

 

#14 Cascade Barrel House

The House of Sour also features a big beer garden out front with communal tables, a few flower filled barrels and a clear tent cover. With walk up sidewalk side seating and ability to sit outside rain or shine, the patio is the perfect place to enjoy a sour summer fruit ale on a hot day. 939 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214 www.cascadebrewingbarrelhouse.com/

 

#13 Breakside Brewery NW Slabtown

Breakside’s 3rd location in their burgeoning empire is in Northwest Portland’s Slabtown district with an enclosed/open patio out front to the quickly growing neighborhood. It’s good for people watching and awesome service from the pub and special beers from the brewery “Hop Lab” but could perhaps use a little decor to elevate it’s ranking. No matter, Breakside Slabtown’s rooftop patio will hopefully open by this Fall and we may have a new number one on this list at that time. 1570 NW 22nd Ave, Portland, OR 97210 https://www.breakside.com/locations/nw-portland/

 

 

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#12 Ecliptic Brewing

North Portland’s Ecliptic Brewing is known for their astronomy influenced beers and top notch food menu but has also built out their outdoor seating with a view to the riverside eastside industrial district. Situated just off the busy Mississippi Ave. strip, the patio faces a quieter area of town so you don’t feel your sitting on a traffic ridden busy street and it’s quiet enough to enjoy your beers and good convo. The patio does not have many frills but it’s a pleasant place for a beer outdoors. Stop in on Mondays for all day happy hour specials. 825 N Cook St, Portland, OR 97227 eclipticbrewing.com/

 

#11 Base Camp Brewing

Known for their outdoor hiking, climbing, active theme, Base Camp Brewing demands a beer garden outside their indoor tasting room. Located right off of the busy and booming southeast 7th corridor between Stark and Belmont, Base Camp’s gravel, picnic table laben beer garden has a cover in the winter, is open in the summer and has food carts for snacks and gas fire pits for nights. 930 SE Oak St, Portland, OR 97214 https://basecampbrewingco.com/

 

 

#10 Lucky Labrador Brew Pub – NW Quimby

The often overlooked Lucky Labrador Brew Pub in Northwest Portland is a bit hidden west of the Pearl district but east of the busy northwest 21st and 23rd strips. That’s too bad because the spacious beer hall is great for gatherings and after work beers indoors our outside on their partially covered beer garden with enough foliage and shade and just outside the brewery to get the smell of wafting boiling wort and spent grain buckets left outside for the farmers. 1945 NW Quimby St, Portland, OR 97209 https://luckylab.com/quimby-beer-hall/

 

 

#9 Montavilla Brew Works

This nearly two year-old outer eastside brewpub offers one of the best outdoor drinking oasis’s of the area as well as a fine selection of safe, traditional but very well made and tasty ales and lagers. Located in the heart of the Montavilla neighborhood just to the northeast side of Mt. Tabor on the up-and-coming Stark strip, Montavilla Brew Works is the only brewery in the hood. They do not serve food (except the occasional pop-up or food truck) so it’s an adults only cozy taproom with indoor seating and an enclosed gravel patio/beer garden with picnic tables. This summer they have added a mister and tents as the beer garden gets plenty of direct sun. Cool off with the new batch of their Helles lager. 7805 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215 montavillabrew.com/

 

 

#8 Migration Brewing

Along the edges of Northeast’s divider with Southeast Portland is the quietly worthy beer, sports and outdoor drinking destination known as Migration Brewing. Part of Portland’s big brewery boom in 2010, Migration Brewing started auspiciously without their own beer but has built up a loyal following and solid beers over the last seven years. Their expanded taproom and beer garden has become a popular spot for locals and those who want to catch a Blazers game on the projector or a game of darts. Migration has even added some liquor and a real kitchen for expanded pub grub and a lively atmosphere that lasts till 11pm every day except for Sunday. Try their new hit “Straight out of Portland IPA” and a “Gringo Bowl” or come for their Mon. – Friday 3-5pm Happy Hour. 2828 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232 migrationbrewing.com/

 

#7 Hopworks BikeBar

Hidden behind Hopworks satellite BikeBar pub on the busy N. Williams street is the open air beer garden running along a n open back alleyway between buildings. It makes for a perfect nearly private patio with room for a big outdoor kids play-area complete with sandbox. HUB does not forget to add some life to the industrial building with a big bioswell pond bursting with all sorts of plants. It’s like coming upon a green marsh in the middle of the city. The patio is a great place to forget your on a busy Portland street full of shiny condos and developments. Don’t miss the Monday – Friday Happy Hour that runs both from 3-6pm and 9-close with both cheaper drinks and food specials. 3947 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227 http://hopworksbeer.com/eat/bikebar/

 

#6 Level Beer

Portland’s newest brewery comes out swinging with one of the best patios and beer gardens in-town, you just have to drive out to way outer northeast Portland to get to it. Level Beer is a production brewery with small indoor tasting room and big outdoor beer garden inside of a giant greenhouse. The experience is akin to drinking inside of a big gazebo with flower boxes and soon yard games, and a small hop yard with grassy backyard-style seating. Level Beer features rotating food carts like bbq, tacos and more and is way off the beaten path. 5211 NE 148th Ave, Portland, OR 97230 levelbeer.com/

 

 

#5 Great Notion Brewing

Only a brewery that is so highly praised and sought after for their beers could have a patio so woefully overlooked. For another pub, the patio would likely be the shining attraction. Great Notion’s patio/mini beer garden is also a bit easily overlooked as it’s nestled outside the back of the building between food carts and a flower garden, that last bit adds quite a bit to the ambiance. 2204 NE Alberta St #101, Portland, OR 97211 greatnotionpdx.com/

 

#4 Stormbreaker Brewing

Amnesia Brewing once had one of Portland’s only good brewery patios, then it was sold to new owners who rebranded the original pub as Stormbreaker Brewing and made it even better. Now a permanent metal structure offers cover from the weather. complete with heaters and picnic table drinking but the rest of the patio still has space for benches, full sun seating, patio games like corn hole and even a fire pit. All this and they are no longer just grilling the burgers and brats on an open webber right next to you but from an indoor kitchen cranking out top notch burgers. All this and it’s got a great view of the hopping Mississippi Avenue and people watching. Check out the Monday through Friday happy hour food specials from 3-6pm. 832 N Beech St, Portland, OR 97227 www.stormbreakerbrewing.com/

 

#3 Wayfinder Beer

It’s hard to decide what Wayfinder Beer does better, German-style Lagers, grilled meats or outdoor patio drinking. They have become famous for their elevated deck patio, sitting above the inner eastside produce row district near the train tracks.  By creating a walk up ramp to a walled in brewpub and huge deck with a couple small trees and an outstanding fire pit, they have created the feeling of finding a special secret drinking spot. Make sure to get a Helles Lager and some Carne Asada fries on this nearly perfect patio. 304 SE 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97214 www.wayfinder.beer/

 

#2 10 Barrel Brewing PDX

Love or hate the Anheuser-Busch owned and Bend based 10 Barrel Brewing, but they sure make some great patios. Portland’s brewpub may be the best iof them with it’s rooftop deck and it’s own satellite bar. Enjoy views of the Pearl District and the Northwest Portland hills while sitting above the traffic and you don’t have to reach far to the upstairs bar to enjoy one of Whitney Burnside’s beers that range from Lager to IPA and fun fruited or spiced beers. Protip get the full order of Nachos but ask for half of the chips to be fries. 1411 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR 97209 https://10barrel.com/pub/portland/

 

 

#1 McMenamins Kennedy School

Perhaps thee most overlooked patio in Portland as far as word-of-mouth and making these listicles is McMemanins Kennedy School, a cheerful oasis off of Killingsworth that feels as if you have escaped town for some kind of retreat. It’s without a doubt the best McMenamins in town with multiple bars, cigar smoking lounges, pools, live music rooms, a movie theater and of course three different outdoor patio areas. The enclosed large beer garden in the middle of the building outside the central restaurant is the best with it’s huge clay fire pit stack that burns in the evenings to little shaded alcoves amidst trees and bamboo to find some privacy. You would literally never know it’s here from the area and must venture through the doors and down some old school halls to find it. McMenamins brewers have also upped their game and were pouring a nice summery Kolsch and Blood Orange IPA on my recent visit, perfect to quaff on the patio during happy hour. to quaff on the patio during happy hour. 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211 https://www.mcmenamins.com/kennedy-school

 

Honorable Mentions:

Widmer Pop-Up Beer Garden

Lompoc Hedge House

Occidental Wursthaus

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com

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