Do the Hop

No matter where you are in the Northwest, you’re always near a world-class brewpub. Here, Christian DeBenedetti, Oregon native and author of the forthcoming The Great American Ale Trail (Running Press) reveals his favorite stops.


Beer     Photo: Tim Parkinson

Terminal Gravity Brewing and Public House, Enterprise, Oregon. The Vibe: A cottage on three acres with an aspen grove and picnic tables, located just a few miles from kokanee-rich Wallowa Lake. The Beer: Terminal Gravity IPA. Tangy, bitter, and perfect for a post-dip drink. ­

Diamond Knot Brewing and Alehouse, Mukilteo, Washington. The Vibe: A converted bus garage just steps from the Puget Sound. Peanut shells decorate the floor; you can cook your own salmon dinner on piping-hot tabletop stones. The Beer: The Shipwreck XXXIPA—it’s brawny and boozy.

Fort George ­Brewery and Public House, Astoria, Oregon. The Vibe: A 22-tap ­brewpub with an open-air beer garden, an expansive deck, and a room that’s rented out to glassblowers and an itinerant blacksmith. The Beer: Vortex IPA—intense and citrusy.

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