If you’re doing the Portland brewery thing, make sure to prioritize Oxbow. Their main space is about 10 miles outside the city, but this Portland location is where they have most of their events (and also where they make their sour beers). It’s so big in here that they have their own art gallery space, and all of the bar food comes from the Duckfat people (another spot we love). And, unlike a lot of other breweries, this massive taproom in East Bayside stays open until 1am on weekends.
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