oh yeah shit @mark_h as well:
on the west side, which is kind of like the Downtown area, there is a load of places:
Back Pedal - smallest brewery I went to in Portland but had the best ‘hazy’ NE style beers - I mean, you’re on the west coast so this is understandable but they’re really worth checking out. close at 10pm though.
10 Barrel - beer was good and has a really cool roof terrace - good daytime place.
Rogue (also have one over on the East side) - worth going to later in the evening as it’s open the latest there and does happy hour food/drink after 10pm (also before 7pm I think). some pretty great beers as you can expect as they’re the only brewery from this area i’ve seen in the UK.
those 3 ^^^ are all right next to each other
Deschutes - this is the biggie in terms of Portland beers from what I could work out. really cool place, as with basically all the bigger brewery taps it does loads of food and all the food i ate in breweries was really, really good. especially Rogue actually. this is a must anyway. ask to sit in the bar area if you’re not eating.
there is, tbh, a load of other breweries on this side of the river - Von Ebert, which I think was like belgian german and czech style beers? and some others that you are bound to come across just walking around.
worth going over to this side of the river if you have time to visit Apex alone - amazing beer bar, russian river, modern times, etc. all on tap - and there’s a few other breweries in that area that I didn’t get time to visit but if you look on google maps you can find them very easily (worth downloading the whole of Portland to your ‘offline’ maps if you’re not going to have data, although all the breweries have WIFI)
if you go REALLY east there’s the horse brass pub and belmont station - i didn’t get over there but i hear good things.
i can also highly recommend renting the electric scooters to get about town - ride them in the cycle lanes to be on the safe side - although i never rode them when i was pissed… going along the river is a good shout.
this isn’t exactly an extensive list but honestly in the main area of town on the west side you’ll stumble upon cool breweries/bars basically everywhere you look - it’s all basically new to someone from outside the UK so everywhere’s worth at least a flight!