Beer is not the answer. Beer is the question. “Yes” is the answer. Everybody’s brewing! Columbia Gorge breweries create some phenomenal craft beer. Make your way to a Hood River brewery if you’re ready for a smooth draft beer after a day of windsurfing. Use your ice axe and make your way to a Government Camp brew pub after a day skiing at Timberline. Whether you’re traveling through Troutdale, Sandy or Cascade Locks on your way to the mountain, or fishing on the Columbia River, a stop at a local Gorge brewery is at the top of the list. You’ll be pleased with the microbreweries you find along the way, offering homemade farmhouse ales using local ingredients, to brews made with organic ingredients. So what are you waiting for? Move ahead full sail!
The Pacific Northwest is a beer mecca. Yakima Valley, in Washington, is the largest hop producer in the country, and Columbia Gorge breweries take full advantage of the bounty. If you’re looking for a complex beer, an aged brew, or some unfiltered suds, make your way to Hood River. It’s got everything you need for your Oregon beer tour, and so much more. Take a trip through the “Fruit Loop!” Hood River is famous for its organic fruit orchards. From apple orchards, pear groves and Oregon lavender fields, the gorge has everything their master brewers need to craft a tantalizing, local fruity beer, fruit lambics, and good old-fashioned ales. Family-friendly brew pubs and breweries are scattered throughout the area, so hop on the ale trail and try some of the best local brews!
If you drive just a few minutes west, Multnomah Falls awaits you. Take the long way – the Historic Columbia River Highway 30 hugs the Cascade Mountain Range while overlooking the majestic Columbia River. Grab your backpack for the hike, and bring a six-pack of your favorite Gorge beer to enjoy at the top with your friends! Afterward, grab a pint at the restaurant, or make your way to downtown Hood River for a local brick oven pizza made with fresh Oregon ingredients.
Wherever your adventure takes you in the Columbia Gorge, know that a refreshing beer is near!
The Columbia Gorge includes breweries in Cascade Locks, Government Camp, Hood River, Parkdale, Sandy and Troutdale.