Let’s get a beer.

Let’s Get a Beer

There are way too many places to get a beer in Portland. It’s not a bad problem to have, except when you lose precious time that could be spent drinking beer deciding where to go. You’ll never try every beer or every bar or every french fry in Portland, but the Watson team has provided a less overwhelming list of “musts” when it comes to bars, brews, and grub.

Colby Schlicker

EVP Strategy & Marketing

Favorite PDX Brewery / Bar – Migration Brewing
Favorite Beer / Cider – 3 way hazy Fort George
Best Bar Food Pairing – Fries

Alex Tryon


Favorite PDX Brewery / Bar – Breakside Brewery
Favorite Beer / Cider – Occidental Oktoberfest
Best Bar Food Pairing – Nashville fried chicken sandwich with Baerlic ‘Dad Beer’

Ian Miller

Senior Writer

Favorite PDX Brewery / Bar – Peter’s Bar and Grill
Favorite Beer / Cider – Tough one. It used to be Ecliptic’s Starburst IPA. But that shit is nearly 8% and I’m 42, so you know. Barley Brown’s Pallet Jack IPA is a classic
Best Bar Food Pairing – Sliders and nachos. I’m waiting for sliders to get small enough to be a suitable topping for nachos. Somebody needs to innovate that now

Joseph Krahn

Digital Technologist

Favorite PDX Brewery / Bar – Cascade Barrel House
Favorite Beer / Cider – Sour beers – they change all the time
Best Bar Food Pairing – Soft pretzel and beer cheese

Matt Watson

Founder and Creative Director

Favorite PDX Brewery / Bar – Prost! on Mississipi
Favorite Beer / Cider – Cider… allergic to beer
Best Bar Food Pairing – Beef brisket popcorn

Karli Rizzo

Public Relations

Favorite PDX Brewery / Bar – StormBreaker
Favorite Beer / Cider – Rekorderlig Grapefruit/Passionfruit
Best Bar Food Pairing – Frog Legs

Brenden Bittner

Digital Strategist

Favorite PDX Brewery / Bar – Edgefield Hotel
Favorite Beer / Cider – Call me a hipster but PBR
Best Bar Food Pairing – Truffle Fries and street tacos

Phoenix Dawn

Junior Motion & Graphic Designer

Favorite PDX Brewery / Bar – The Annex McMenamins Pub
Favorite Beer / Cider – McMenamins Blackberry Cider
Best Bar Food Pairing – A hearty burger

Ava Goodling

Marketing Content Strategist

Favorite PDX Brewery / Bar – Loyal Legion
Favorite Beer / Cider – Pfriem Pilsner
Best Bar Food Pairing – Can’t go wrong with salty fries & ranch

Ian Greenfield

VP of Strategy

Favorite PDX Brewery / Bar – Imperial Bottle Shop and Taproom
Favorite Beer / Cider – Crux Cast Out
Best Bar Food Pairing – Oysters

Ray Perez

Senior Designer

Favorite PDX Brewery / Bar – Basecamp Brewing
Favorite Beer / Cider – S’more stout, duh
Best Bar Food Pairing – The food cart next door

Nina Harrington

Finance Manager

Favorite PDX Brewery / Bar – Oregon City Brewing
Favorite Beer / Cider – 1st City Festbier Märzen
Best Bar Food Pairing – French Fries

Angi Arrington

Art Director

Favorite PDX Brewery / Bar – Upright Brewery
Favorite Beer / Cider – Upright Special Herbs
Best Bar Food Pairing – Everything pairs well when you’re on a patio in the sun, holding a beer