Where to Drink Beer in Washington County

PoMo’s handy guide to the best beer in the burbs

By Jason Notte

Breweries are proliferating in Portland's suburbs to the west.

Image: Mike Novak

Wondering where to go to take full advantage of the beer boom in Portland's western burbs? We've got your next beer crawl mapped out, right this way:


McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse/Imbrie Hall

On six acres originally settled by the Imbrie Family in the 1840s, the brothers McMenamin built a brewery, a distillery, a restaurant, a function hall ... and fields of socially distanced seating. Just about every Portland suburb has a McMenamins, but this one's acreage is well-suited to the pandemic era. 4045 NE Cornelius Pass Road 

Noble Hop

Opened by a local pizza shop owner and a representative from Point Blank distribution just before the COVID shutdown in 2020, Noble Hop has spent its entire existence catering to the pandemic. There are 22 taps, new fridges for take-away cans, ample patio seating between the bar and the adjacent Vault Theater, and a new cart pod—Carts on Main—right across the street. 370 East Main Street 

Wildwood Taphouse

Just two years old, Wildwood and its 20 taps adapted to COVID on the fly by not only stocking a cooler of cans and bottles, but by sacrificing a portion of its parking lot for outdoor seating. It offers box lunches, but pastry and coffee from its next-door neighbors at Insomnia Coffee make it a cozy little corner of Hillsboro's Amberglen neighborhood. 9345 NE Windsor Street

Prime Taphouse

Less than two years old, Prime's 26 taps and to-go crowlers and cans are the least of its offerings. At tables outside its modest strip-mall setting, patrons load up on egg rolls, short ribs, and Korean-fried, Thai-chili, Sriracha, and teriyaki wings that pay homage to owner Dong Khounphachansy's family recipes. 1896 NE 106th Avenue

Orenco Taphouse 

Opened in 2013, Hillsboro's grand old taproom features an owner who once won a brewing pro-am with San Diego's Pizza Port, 20 rotating taps, a slew of outdoor picnic tables, and nearby food options from Little Big Burger to the occasional food truck. 1198 NE Orenco Station Parkway


The Growlerie 

OK, so Progress Ridge is a cynical urban retail island and a schlep from most places, but none of that matters when you're sitting at an outdoor table overlooking Progress Quarry Lake. With easily the best views of any taproom in the western burbs, the Growlerie and its 42 taps of beer, wine, cider, and kombucha are custom built for the cooped-up COVID crowd. 15151 SW Barrows Road

White Oak Tap House 

White Oak's social media flaunts its covered outdoor seating and leafy surroundings, and why shouldn't it? This little corner of Murrayhill Marketplace not only has a bunch of nearby food options to go with its 21 taps, but some lovely nearby walking paths along Murrayhill Lake and Tualatin Hills Park. 14661 SW Teal Boulevard

Central Station Taps 

Right near the Beaverton Central Max station, and about a block from the BG's Food Cartel cart pod, Central Station uses its broad surrounding sidewalks for a surprising amount of outdoor seating. Its 30 rotating taps are impressive now, but will be a godsend for theatergoers when the new Patricia Reser Center for the Arts finally opens nearby. 3925 SW Rose Biggi Avenue, Suite 120

Nebulous Taproom 

Don't let the location in Beaverton Town Square or the modest outdoor seating throw you: At 48 taps and myriad bottle and can offerings, Nebulous has perhaps the most diverse array of beers in the city. Settle in with a pint and some Korean fried chicken, shawarma, pad thai, frozen yogurt, or a honey-baked ham, and embrace the mall-plaza mileu. 11645 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway

Pacific Growlers and Taphouse  

Located right off of the trails into Greenway Park, Pacific Growlers took advantage of its socially distanced corner and spread picnic tables onto its lawn and into its parking lot. Granted, you can't watch any of the screens the taproom is so proud of from those outdoor locations, but you can get a pint from any of its 20 handles and pair it with dishes from the Thai place across the way. 11427 SW Scholls Ferry Road

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