If you just crawled out from under a rock (or got to Portland a more conventional way), beer is microbrews, and microbrews are big business here.Folks take it seriously. If you are a newcomer, we're here to hold your hand, at least until you get belligerent and uninteresting.
If you want to try many different micros in one place, the Horsebrass may be your pub (4534 SE Belmont). They have been around since before microbrews were actually micro. For sheer quantity of taps, you can't beat the Dublin Pub (6821 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy) or Old Chicago (a chain in the suburbs), both with around 100 taps.
And, if you want to hitting the brewpubs and not drive (a good idea), the brew-bus is your answer.
2715 NE Alberta
Micha writes (10/2001), "Limited ale selection although they pour Fat Tire Amber Ale which sits well with me. Their Indian chicken tandoori pizza is really tasty, although they use some weird pre-packaged crust. Also good salad with "African herb" dressing - that's what the waitperson called it. No idea what's in it. Lemon and then a lot of things which are not lemon."
Mirfy adds: "Andrea does a great job of having a good red wine available by the glass!"
For many of my friends, the allure of the place is the garage door. Binks is about as big as a gas station, but it's certainly an enjoyable hangout spot, with good salads, and pizza made to order. And, they have one of the best jukeboxes in Portland!
Bridgeport's Hawthorne St Ale House
36xx SE Hawthorne
The word of mouth on this place is excellent...
1234 NE Fremont
faux Irish meets sports meets ?
7 days a week
While I frequently complain, I am happy to have County Cork in the neighborhood. They have an interesting selection of craftbrews, they have burgers and sandwiches, and they have a few of those typical British Isles meals. They used to be brilliant -- now they bounce between okay and really lackluster since changing hands.
25xx SE Clinton St
Not a huge collection of beer, but there are always the perennial favorites -- Black Butte Porter, Widmer Hefeweizen, McTarnahan's, Newcastle Brown, and Rolling Rock in bottles. They recently got a liquor license and also do foofy and brat-pack styled drinks, margarita slushies, wine, champagne and cider. Also, great tavern food (including reasonable selections for vegetarians and vegans)
6821 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy
104 taps. Sheesh.
4534 SE Belmont
A British style pub with darts, an extensive collection of draught beers, and yummy food. Technically, a bar, but that development is fairly recent.
2958 NE Glisan
Breakfast and pubgrub options for food, with a distinct emphasis on groovy vegetarianism (though there is meat -- I just had a bacon sandwich the other day), pool, and much beer and wine. The service improves the more the servers recognize you.
1339 NW Flanders
The food here is close to inedible, but the beer - damn! Try a tester tray.