The author’s opinion does not necessarily reflect that of Tap Trail.
In the world of craft beer, a question that always seems to pop up is, “How big is too big?” Whether we’re talking about a brewery’s production level or the number of breweries per city, there seems to be an underlying fear that people associate with craft beer becoming “too big.” At what point does craft beer lose its heart and sense of community? From its overwhelming amount of breweries to the disconnection of local beer and bars, I believe Portland’s craft beer community is currently suffering.
Portland currently is home to 58 breweries; 84 if you include the Portland metro area. What’s more shocking than the number of breweries, however, is how little they are represented in the local bar and pub scene. While there are quite a few beer-centered taphouses, the majority of restaurants and bars seem to believe the only breweries in town are Deschutes, Widmer Bros., Laurelwood, and Portland Brewing since that’s mostly all you’ll ever find on tap.