Following breakfast, we will embark on a tour of Portland, including the spectacular view of the city skyline from the hilltops with the majestic Mt. Hood in the background. This afternoon begins our introduction to Portland’s brewing scene! While beer originated in ancient Asian cultures, Portland is considered the epicenter of the modern craft brewing renaissance. Our exploration will teach us the fascinating story of the city’s transformation into a premier craft brewing hub and the role of organics and sustainability in Portland’s beer industry. The Portland area is home to more than thirty-five microbreweries, and we’ll have the opportunity to go behind the scenes at a few of these premier artisan breweries and taste some of the best beer that “Beervana” has to offer. Up first is Cascade Brewing, known for producing a large number of traditional ales ranging from IPAs to seasonals and saisons to stouts. It is perhaps best known for pioneering the Northwest Sour Ale. Next, we will head to Great Notion Brewing and Barrel House where hazy, fruit-forward IPAs and culinary-inspired sours and stouts are brewed. Great Notion has won numerous Gold and Silver medals over the years, including accolades at the World Beer Cup, GABF, the Best of Craft Beer Awards, and the Oregon Beer Awards, plus the 2018 #1 IPA in America from Paste Magazine. After a tasting and casual dinner, we will return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.
(Breakfast & dinner included)