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Ale-Ventures in The Territory

Annie Bailey | 08/17/2017 | Food & Drink, KayaHikeBoarder

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In Oregon, we don’t get out of bed for fewer than 230 craft breweries. And in Mt. Hood Territory, we’re not satisfied unless those breweries take you on a journey to some of our best adventures and hidden gems.

After a day of hiking, mountain biking or skiing, unwind at Mt. Hood Brewing Company in Government Camp. This "microbrewery with an altitude” believes that beer is best produced in small, hand-crafted batches with the highest-quality ingredients (such as Mt. Hood glacial water!).

On your way down (or up) the mountain, make sure to stop by Busenbrewer in Sandy, near one of our best photo ops at Jonsrud Viewpoint overlooking the Oregon Trail. This brewery, founded by a biochemist, packs its own adventure with a sound stage, pinball machines and retro video games. And farther west on US-26, don’t miss Boring Brewing in the town now famous for its partnership with Dull, Scotland and Bland, Australia. Plus, the beer is nothing to yawn at.

Fearless Brewing in Estacada also believes in the power of H2O. Brewer Ken Johnson will tell you over a pint of Scottish Ale that they’re located in Estacada to be close to the “magical waters of the Clackamas River,” the closest whitewater to Portland.

If class III and IV rapids aren’t quite your speed, meet Clackamas River Outfitters on the lower Clackamas River for a scenic twilight paddle. Toast the moment with a brew at Bent Shovel, a barn-house brewery hidden in the trees just one mile from Barton Park along the river.

Test the waters in Oregon City, home to excellent fishing, the 2nd largest waterfall by volume in the U.S. after Niagara (and you can totally flatwater paddle near it) and the official end of the Oregon Trail. Raise a glass to perfect partnerships at brewery incubator Oregon City United Brewers, home of Feckin Brewery (Pacific Northwest brews with an Irish twist), Shattered Oak and Batch 1 (craft ciders and meads). Sample Oregon City Brewing’s own craft beers and Oregon guest brews from their 44 taps. Sample craft ciders from across Oregon (including their own!) at 12 Bridge Ciderworks. Taste history at Coin Toss Brewing with a pint from their Heritage Beer Series. And experience true farm to flask spirits at Trail Distilling, where they harvest some ingredients from their own fields and regularly collaborate with close friends Portland Cider.

Portland Cider Company has its own impressive taproom in Clackamas filled with its ciders based in the English tradition you don’t want to miss. It’s also neighbors with Drinking Horse Brewing (ping pong table!), so that has to happen. It’s also the perfect time to bust out your shopping explorer, because you’ll also be near Clackamas Town Center, the largest mall in Oregon. And don’t forget, shopping is tax-free in Oregon!

Take your taste buds for a thrill ride at Breakside Brewery in Milwaukie, where brewmaster Ben Edmunds and his team concoct around 120 beers each year – from solid staples to experimentals, such as their B-Sides Project.

Soak in people watching and sunsets on Stickmen Brewing’s impressive patio overlooking Oswego Lake in the city of Lake Oswego. That is, of course, after you tour its Gallery Without Walls, an outdoor sculpture exhibit with over 70 pieces. And if you want to take the craft beer adventure to another level, visit nanobrewery Flyboy Brewing for homebrew supplies (and maybe another beer).

Put the pedal to the metal at Vanguard Brewing in Wilsonville, across the street from World of Speed interactive racecar museum with oodles of auto history. Beers ranging from IPAs to Imperial Porters are all made from their 15-barrel system. For a different sort of history lesson, Wilsonville Old Church & Pub has a story to tell, especially its brewery housed in the church’s old daycare.

With Mt. Hood Territory’s variety of lodging options, from scenic camping and quaint B&Bs to luxury vacation rentals and pampering resorts, we have a place to pair perfectly with your ale-venture.

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