beer flight at Stickmen Brewing in Lake Oswego
| 03/02/2022 | Beer, Cider, and Distilling, Trip Ideas

Tap Trail Itineraries: Local Beer, Cider & Spirits Tastings

Oregon is know for it's craft beer scene, and Mt. Hood Territory is filled with innovative breweries creating all sorts of new brews and old favorites. The best way to do experience them is with the Mt. Hood Territory Tap Trail. It's a free mobile passport that gets you special deals at local breweries, cideries and distilleries. Many of these craft makers are a bit off the beaten path, so the Tap Trail is a great way to explore the smaller breweries, on-farm cideries and historic distilleries you didn't even know you should be looking for. In addition to delicious drinks, these businesses have a lot of heart, and you'll often have a chance to belly up to the bar for a chat with the brewer or distiller themselves who are happy to tell you about the process... and maybe even show you around. What better way to celebrate local brews!

With 15 participating locations, it can be difficult to know where to start your adventure. So we've crafted (get it?) the following itineraries to help you make the most of your visits, and be sure to find all of the hidden gems the Tap Trail holds. As you travel using these itineraries, make sure to have a designated driver or use a rideshare service. Don't have your passport yet? You can download it for free today

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1. Oregon City: Thursday–Saturday

If you’re looking to pack the most into a day of Tap Trail exploration, Oregon City boasts five Tap Trail stops including beer, cider and spirits. The deals you’ll find are a great mix of tasting flights and bevvies to go, so you can satisfy your taste buds and stock your coolers at the same time! If you want to make it to all of the stops, you’ll need to visit Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Though some locations are open all week long. Read More

2. Mt. Hood: Saturday–Sunday

The fantastic breweries and cideries at the base of Mt. Hood are all relatively close together, but with so many recreation opportunities in the area, we know you’d be hard pressed to make it to all of them in a day. So we’ve broken Mt. Hood into separate itineraries for Estacada (Friday–Sunday) and Sandy (Tuesday–Saturday) and included more ways for you to enjoy these charming mountain communities – and all of the beauty they offer! Read More

3. Cider Stop: Friday–Saturday

For a quick little cider tasting tour just outside of Portland, take a jaunt to Happy Valley and Clackamas. Celebrate Northwest orchard bounties with fruity favorites! Plus, newly opened Little Beast Brewery Taphouse specializes in delicious fruited and wood-aged beers. Visit on a Friday or Saturday afternoon if you want to make it to all three stops. Read More

4. West Side: Wednesday–Sunday

The breweries on the west side of the Willamette River are a bit further apart than some of our Tap Trail itineraries. But you won’t want to miss these favorites in Lake Oswego, West Linn and Wilsonville. We’ve mapped out the day, so you can walk around downtown Lake Oswego at lunchtime and Historic Willamette Main Street in West Linn at dinnertime, for urban beer tasting at its finest. To make it to all three, plan your trip for Wednesday–Sunday. Read More

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