Posted by kcden on 2/16/2014 2:02:00 PM (view original):
Posted by The Taint on 2/16/2014 11:36:00 AM (view original):If you think Portland is easily ahead in local beers, you haven't had enough of either. It is VERY close. I'm partial to quite a few Seattle and Seattle area beers, but I don't get enough of the Portland beers to say which is better, for sure, because I'm in Seattle.
Two of the better beer cities in America also...though Portland gets the nod fairly easily.
LOL. I sell craft beer for a living, last year I tried over 1800 unique beers according to my Untappd. (Lordkrystic if you use the app, befriend me).
I've drank in every major beer city in America except Asheville, NC and hands down Portland has them all in ease of access plus quality. Hell Bend, Oregon is second if not first and has Seattle beat easily. Ease of access meaning public transportation//walking.
Quality of beer. In Seattle proper you have some standouts like Fremont, Rueben's(slightly over hyped though), Elysian, and Machine Head(very niche), but the best brewery in the state, Black Raven is in Redmond. I would say Fremont is 1B.
In Portland you have Cascade, Hair of the Dog, Breakside, Deschutes, Upright, The Commons, Alameda, Hopworks, Gigantic, and Laurelwood. Not to mention the countries best gluten free brewery with Harvester.
These are just the best in my opinion. Two Beers in Seattle is very good. I like a lot of Hilliards stuff also.
There's no comparison if you really know craft beer. Portland in a not quite landslide.
Anyway if you're not doing anything on Monday, I'll be checking out and picking up beer at Stoup's in Ballard for the first time and then swinging by Fremont to have a few in the Urban Beer Garden before picking up some of their rarer stuff for my tavern in Tacoma. Stop on by, I'll buy!
2/21/2014 5:02 AM (edited)