Drinking My Way Around Portland, Oregon

My time in Portland, Oregon was great while it lasted. I spent about two and a half years exploring this wonderful city and loved every moment of it. Portland may be known for its craft beer scene, but to me, all of their food and drink scene is absolutely outstanding. I had the pleasure of drinking in Portland, tasting a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks around the city from beer, to aguas frescas, coffee, and more.

Take this as a guide to drinking in Portland.


Rogue Beer Portland

Complimentary Rogue Beer at the TEDx 6k Night Run.

oregon brew fest portland

Caldera Toasted Coconut Chocolate Porter at the Brew Fest. This beer sounded like heaven yet it was strong and bitter.. something you would expect from a Porter, but I was definitely disappointed, don’t call something “coconut chocolate” if it’s not gonna taste like it. Please don’t lie to me.

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Also at the Brew Fest I tried this Cigar City Brewing Blood Orange/Dragon Fruit Florida Weisse. Pretty tasty. But my favourite one was the raspberry wheat (pictured at the top of the post).

thirst portland

Refreshing beer by the waterfront at Thirst.


barista coffee portland

Iced latte and espresso at Barista. Delicious. The place may be a tad pretentious, but the quality and taste of the coffee really makes up for it.

VW bug Oregon

On a warm sunny day, I borrowed this convertible VW bug from a friend and accompanied my drive with a Starbucks iced macchiato. Maybe not the most “Portland” choice.

Another one at Barista.

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Finally, a lovely macchiato (the way it’s supposed to be) at Coffee Division.


edgefield winery

Wine tasting at the McMenamins Edgefield Winery. Wonderful wine. Their Black Rabbit red is one of my favourites ever.

portland deck wine

A nice afternoon on the balcony with a glass of Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling from the local Columbia Valley and a cupcake.

veritable quandary portland brunch

Brunch mimosa and red wine at my favourite brunch spot in Portland: Veritable Quandary. 

oregon garden christmas gluhwein

This Glühwein (German mulled wine) wasn’t enjoyed in Portland, technically, but about an hour away at the Oregon Garden Christmas Market. I wanted to include it because it was a great moment.

Fruit Drinks

boba tea

Mango and lychee boba/pearl tea frappe at some food cart during summer.

Indian street food at the Bollywood Theater restaurant, Portland, OR

Mango lassi! At the Bollywood Theater restaurant. I love mango lassi.

porque no taqueria portland

Delicious horchata (Mexican rice drink) at Porque No? Taqueria. (Technically not a fruit drink, but seemed fitting in the category.)

Hard Liquor

portland barbershop

Complimentary shot at Rooks barbershop. I was accompanying the hubby. What’s your pick?


Yup. Found this water bottle containing rain that was harvested in Oregon at the PDX airport.

Which of these would you be dying to try?

1 thought on “Drinking My Way Around Portland, Oregon

  1. So I just got really thirsty just by reading this!


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