Double Mountain Brewery is the best brewery in town. I'm not saying this just because my husband is one of the brewers. We loved the brewery before he began working there. The brewers work hard to create well rounded, full flavored, hoppy beers. My favorite is the IRA, a rich, flavorful red ale. I also love the Vaporizer, the occasional Stouts, and the Devil's Kriek. Kyle's favorite beers to make and drink are the Hop Lava, the Christmas seasonal FaLaLaLaLa... nevermind, he likes all of them. Not only do they make fantastic beer, but Double Mountain is also a great place to grab lunch or dinner, listen to music, or hang out with friends.
Full Sail offers a large selection of beers from their two brewing locations. Wreck the Halls is a wonderful, hoppy, red winter seasonal beer. The bourbon barrel beers, Topsail (Imperial Porter) and Black Gold (Imperial Stout), are big and flavorful. The brews alternate every other year between Topsail and Black Gold, so any given year you can only get one or the other, and only for a limited time. It's always fun to try beers from their "Brewer's Share" series. These beers are made from recipes created by their production brewers. The Brewers' Reserve beers are brewed by John Harris at the Portland location and are also fun to try. Their beers are widely available and loved by many. If you have the time to take a tour of their brewing facility, I highly recommend it. The tours are free and run every hour from 1-4pm. Randy, who does the tours, is great and you will definitely enjoy it.
Wednesday-Sunday 11:30am - 9pm
Happy Hour: Wednesday-Friday 3:00-5:30pm
pFriem Family Brewers is a welcome and wonderful addition to the Gorge/Hood River beer scene. Brewer Josh pFriem has an impressive brewing background with a particular love for Belgian beers. In a town that boasts an incredible array of beer options, pFriems Belgian ales are something different. My husband, Kyle, loves Belgian beer and Josh is doing them so well. Kyle is particularly fond of the Wit, and the Belgian Strong Blonde. I really like the Blonde IPA. Wether you choose a pint or order the tasting tray, you can't go wrong. Enjoy a beer, some great food, and walk across the street to the waterfront. I have a feeling we'll be spending quite a bit of time at pFriem.
I love Pint Shack. The space is a bit "hole in the wall" which works perfectly with their stellar beer selection. I'm not much of a beer drinker (I leave that up to my Double Mountain brewer husband) but I've loved all of the beers I've had at the Pint Shack. The servers are great with recommendations and they have such a great selection, it's easy to find something you'll love. They have big tables, perfect for large groups of family and friends. I highly recommend stopping in for a pint or two.
My husband, the beer expert in this family, really likes this place. He said, "You can grab a beer and hang out. It's really mellow. You can just sit and enjoy a beer and chat with another beer-lover. The owners, Amanda and Abe, are really nice." They have a great selection of beer. They also have a nice selection of wines. And, as if that weren't enough, they also boast a pretty great selection of meads and ciders. Located in the Heights, this bottle shop is definitely worth checking out. While you're there you can enjoy one of their beers on tap, or a tasting. Their website has information on upcoming tastings and events.
The Thirsty Woman is all about the beer. Head into Mosier and visit the "Little Woman". The "Big Woman" is a restaurant located next door. Inside the "Little" Thirsty Woman, you will find a ridiculously large selection of beer. The Thirsty Woman is small, cozy, and has a friendly vibe. In the summer the big front yard is a great place to hang out. They are open seven nights a week at 4pm. Wednesday is “Kill the Keg” night (there's a rotating beer on special), and Friday is ladies’ night. My husband is a bonafide beer geek and here's what he has to say about their beer selection: "They have one of, if not the best beer selection in the Gorge. They consistently get their hands on hard to find, one-off beers".
Clock Tower Ales has a great beer list (according to my husband, the brewer). If you're looking for a pint in The Dalles, this would be the place to go.
Friday & Saturday 11:30am-10:30pm
Apart from having amazing food, Everybody's Brewing also offers a large variety of great beers. They have their own beers as well as solid guests taps. Kyle said, "My favorite, and I think everyone's favorite, is the Country Boy IPA". Country Boy is always hits the spot with its fresh, citrusy and hoppy flavor. I personally love the Local Logger Lager with a XXX Burger and some Sweet Potato Fries.