5 of America’s 100 Best Beer Bars are in Portland

According to Draft Magazine who rated America’s 100 best beer bars for 2013, these Portland Bars are in the top 100 of the country.  Stop in to all of them.

Yes, thanks for the input, I know I put Seattle Bars in there as well, but hey, I drive up there a lot.


APEX | Portland, Ore.

Whether you’re inside the sleek aluminum bar eyeing the real-time digital tap menu or out front tipping back pints on the fleet of picnic tables, Apex’s hoppy list of 50 brews is the perfect intro to the IBU-centric taste of the Pacific Northwest. 1216 SE Division St.,

BAILEY’S TAP ROOM | Portland, Ore.

There’s no better place in downtown Portland to submerse yourself in beer than Bailey’s: Fresh hoppy flavor pours from 20 rotating taps while the locale’s exposed brick, shiny wrap-around wood bar and two-story windows blends city-chic with rustic Northwest attitude. 213 SW Broadway,

BELMONT STATION | Portland, Ore.

Part bottle shop, part biercafé with all the neighborhood charm you can stomach: This is the spot to tip back a few pints during one of the many (like, multi-weekly) intimate beer events, then pop into the adjacent bottle shop and pick from more than 1,300 beers to take home. Need advice? The staff’s always on point with tips for newcomers. 4500 SE Stark St.,


This neighborly West Seattle pub feels like your grandpa’s den—if your grandpa stocked nearly 200 craft bottles and scored rare kegs from Two Beers and Ninkasi. Just try to find Triplehorn Landwink IPA on cask somewhere else: You won’t. 6413 California Ave. S.W.,

HORSE BRASS PUB | Portland, Ore.

You can credit this well-worn, 37-year-old bucket-list bar as one of the nation’s original craft houses. Packed to the gills with classic beer memorabilia and stocked with every stalwart and newfangled beer imaginable, this English-style pub is beer Nirvana. 4534 SE Belmont St.,


A superclean, sprawling space posted with flatscreens and one of the Northwest’s greatest regional tap selections? A rare combo, but it’s exactly what you get at this laid-back tavern. Watch for head-spinning one-offs like early fall’s Notorious ALT, an imperial altbier the taphouse brewed with Ninkasi and Skagit River. 8564 Greenwood Ave.,


Shooting to the top of Seattle’s beer scene is this brand-new, airy beer bastion inside a former Capitol Hill funeral home. More than 30 taps and the world’s only built-in Randall pours Evil Twin Hop Flood, Mad Viking Bourbon Imperial Stout and Snipes Mountain lager through chilies, limes and cilantro. 1600 Melrose Ave.,

BestBar_west2-300x199SARAVEZA BOTTLE SHOP & PASTY TAVERN | Portland, Ore.

Retro beer-brand bric-a-brac fills every crook and wall of this little corner joint beloved by local brewers, while potato-stuffed pasties and Packers football drives home that Wisconsin feel—the stellar West Coast beer selection, however, is decidedly Portlandish. 1004 N. Killingsworth St.,



If you never make it to Belgium, this Capitol Hill hole in the wall is the next best thing. Dark and gritty, the place isn’t much to look at, but its unalloyed devotion to Belgian beers—Belgo-brewed and American-made, fresh and vintage, draft and bottle—makes the Monk one of the beer-geek greats. 1635 E. Olive Way, 206.860.0916


I am Cyclist

Bike N Hike.  The video does make you want to drop into the store, doesn’t it.


Weekend Fun: PDX Bikecraft

I am off to BikeCraft to pick up something on my Christmas Gift List.  And I am sure that although I only have one item to get, I will bring home more, just like last year.  This is a fun time of year to get out and feel the energy even if one is going alone.

BikeCraft℠ is a one-of-a-kind Holiday Gift Fair that draws together the area’s best artists, designers, and producers to showcase their creations made specifically with the bicycle-lover in mind. Browse and shop hand-made, locally produced gifts, bicycle accessories, jewelry, art, fashion, paper goods, and more at this year’s BikeCraft℠ event…

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Where to Camp By Bike Around Portland

They are called an S240 ride, Rivendell Bicycles suggests what you might want to bring, around Portland Cycle Wild has a map (see it below) that suggests where around Portland you might want to go.  Portland’s “rideshed” which is “anywhere you can ride a loaded bike on a summer day.” About 75 at the most, farther with MAX.

Visit Cycle Wild’s Where to Camp page to learn more…

View Portland Rideshed Campsites in a larger map

View Portland Rideshed Campsites in a larger map


From PBOT: Best Rides Around Portland

Best Rides around Portland Printable Version

Portland is a great place to ride for any reason, or no reason at all!  See the map below for an overview of some enjoyable & scenic recreational bike rides around Portland.  Choose the type of ride that suits your preferences, from short & fairly easy (flat) to longer & more demanding (lots of hill climbing).   

» Ride 1: Southeast Neighborhoods  13 miles, flat (pdf, 921k)
» Ride 2: North Portland Trails  19 miles, flat (pdf, 955k) ***SLOUGH BRIDGE on N. MARINE DRIVE near KELLEY POINT PARK is CLOSED for CONSTRUCTION from APRIL 16 until OCTOBER 2011 (more details HERE)
» Ride 3: Big Eastside Loop   51 miles, flat (pdf, 8,046k) ***SLOUGH BRIDGE on N. MARINE DRIVE near KELLEY POINT PARK is CLOSED for CONSTRUCTION from APRIL 16 until OCTOBER 2011 (more details HERE)
» Ride 4: Short, Steep, & Sweet   15 miles, very hilly (pdf, 943k)
» Ride 5: Sauvie &/or Skyline    32 to 45 miles, either very hilly or flat (pdf, 3,641k)
» Ride 6: Northeast Ramble   15 miles, flat (pdf, 1,693k)
» Ride 7: Powell Butte & Springwater  26 miles, mostly flat (pdf, 2,387k)

» Ride 8: Waterfront Loop  11 miles, flat (pdf, 1,245k)


Velomobiles Are Everywhere In Portland

I spotted Velomobiles this afternoon on N Williams where I was looking for Robots Love Cupcakes, a post ride treat.  You can read about Velomobiles at  On the way home I spotted one last one struggling on the rather unfriendly grind up 32nd to Fremont.

I am heading off tomorrow to see them at the Salmon Street Fountain tomorrow at 10:30.

Given the speed they travel next time I go for a 4000 mile jaunt I may have to consider building one.  Anyone want to help?


The Circus is Coming on June 12th to Mississippi Avenue

Cirque du Cycling, presented by Laughing Planet Cafe, is a street festival, a circus, a bike race and a parade – and a benefit for Albina Youth Opportunity School.