There exists a place where beer is number one, where brewpubs feel like they outnumber grocery stores, and everyone probably knows the difference between an IPA and a hopped lager. That place is the true Beervana, and you can find it in Oregon. It goes by the name of Portland.
Two weeks ago I finally got married! We were engaged for three years, and two of those we spent traveling around Europe together. Because Chris and I are suckers for a good beer festival, we planned our honey moon to Portland, complete with tickets to their annual International Beerfest.
Portland is a pretty cool place. It is home to the largest independent bookstore in the world, Powell’s City of Books, which encompasses an entire city block and is realy a testament to the willpower of the people. Where other bookstores in other cities have failed, Powell’s has flourished and become not only a book lovers paradise, but it’s own tourist attraction. The free and open Oregon coast is only 90 minutes from the city, and the nearby Columbia River Gorge is full of amazing hikes, views, and majestic waterfalls. Food carts are king in Portland, and they show up in pods that can take up blocks. Portland also has the largest number of craft breweries, which makes sense for the place that pioneered the craft beer movement in the 1980s. All of this sold it for us.
And we did not hold back. In the five days we were there we tried 100 different beers! Now we know that we have VERY different tastes in the drink. Chris likes the trendy hoppy beers, the higher the IBU the better! I like maltier and sour beers, and I’m partial to a good english style ale too. At every brewpub we entered, we got a taster flight with 4-7 different types of the brewery’s own beer, which honestly made very easy work of reaching 100. The beer fest also helped a lot! Three days of festival with over 220 beers, and for us, two days was plenty. If you are interested in beer, Portland is your place. They even have a beer WEEK, and trust me, one of these days I’ll be there too. Even venturing outside of Portland you will find an endless amount of brewpubs. Our beer #100 was at Full Sail Brewing in Hood River overlooking the Columbia River. You can’t beat that!
We got some funny looks when we told people we were going to Portland for our honeymoon. But honestly, in making it a road trip, we got everything we could have wanted. We learned a little about each other too, which is always nice after 8 years together.
It was truly a perfect honeymoon, tailored just to us. Road trip, good food, good weather, and lots and lots of beer.
And we LOVE beer.