I drank at 28 breweries in one day walking around Portland with a friend of mine, it was pretty epic.
Seems like that’s gotta be a record, but I’d love to hear about similar missions that any of you have had. I also once went to 61 breweries in a day (also Portland, OR), but that was with the help of several drivers throughout the day. And my friend went to 77 once, but also with the help of drivers.
Even one brewery in a day is a good day, but more is usually better. Cheers!
Shit I didn’t know it was that packed with breweries or I’d have made my way down there when I was in Delhi a couple of years back.
I did a brewery tour walk in Portland a couple of years back and basically died, but I was trying to hit almost everything on tap everywhere I went in flights–since I was visiting and hadn’t been there before, basically every beer was a tick. And then some places only poured full pints, which did me in, even despite not finishing many of them. I think I probably only managed seven or eight brewpubs, including a beer bar, Apex.
Portland is definitely still the per capita beer/cider destination. Downtown AVL from a quick glance, it looks like 19 breweries/cideries are walkable(within a square mile-ish). Everywhere else is doable, but way more spread out. Very impressed if you walked all the way to WAVL for the rest. I’d probably max out at 5-6 stops before needing a nap.
The NW is pretty dense. Really, though, there are several dense spots. I would look for the one or five breweries you’ve been hearing about and look up where they’re at. Unless you’re trying to go on a big mission like this, you could easily be walking distance to 4 or 5 breweries which is probably enough for an average good beer day.
I paid for the bike share so I could rip around a little easier, though I was too drunk to take a bike after a few brewpubs. If you start somewhere like Baerlic and just go north towards Cascade etc that would be like 5-6 at least without too much walking. Or there’s a cluster the other side of the river around Von Ebert/ Deschutes etc. that are pretty walkable. Also, when I was there last year, they still had a 10pm curfew in effect for covid so didn’t get to hit some places, and others like Hair of the dog were closed completely during thick of the pandemic.