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The Many Microbreweries Of Portland (PHOTOS)

Posted: 01/24/2012 8:15 am

Portland, Oregon -- the brewpub capital of the world -- first earned its reputation for beer in the 1980s. When Oregon repealed Prohibition-era laws banning brewpubs (restaurants with on-site breweries), it enabled Portland pioneers with a taste for beer to use the city as their home base for opening small, commercial beermaking enterprises known as microbreweries.

Fast forward 30 years and the city has more than 70 brewpubs and microbreweries, as it continues to lead the world of craft beer.

With so many options, it's hard to choose which Portland brewing establishments to visit. We've narrowed down the list to seven, each offering something special for your taste buds. Let the brewery hopping commence.

Widmer Brothers Brewing
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In 1984 Kurt and Rob Widmer quit their jobs and turned their hobby of home brewing beer into their line of work. The Widmer brothers found the parts they needed and built Widmer Brothers Brewing in an industrial part of Northwest Portland, what is now the popular Pearl District. Widmer Brothers Brewing officially opened April 2, 1984, brewing Altbier, German for "old beer," and a Weizenbier, their interpretation of a filtered wheat beer. Today Widmer uses a detailed brewing process to produce up to 450,000 barrels per year. The brewery offers free tours Fridays at 3 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

One beeradvocate.com reviewer recommends the Widmer Hefeweizen:

"Well-balanced between banana and orange zest. Citrus hops as well. I'm impressed."

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