Breweries & Distilleries
They say it takes a lot of beer to make good wine, and our winery teams may be some of the biggest supporters of Willamette Valley breweries—so don’t be afraid to ask tasting room staff for their local beer suggestions. If your tastes lean toward Belgian and barrel-aged styles, don’t miss Benedictine Brewery in Mount Angel and Alesong Brewing & Blending outside of Eugene. Looking for a refreshing pint in McMinnville? Heater Allen is a local favorite. And then there’s Portland, dubbed “Beervana” by beer geeks worldwide, with a whopping 84 breweries in its metro area. Our advice? Start here with an overview of Portland beer culture, and let local recommendations take you from there.
The Willamette Valley also boasts a growing number of distilleries, including Portland-based Freeland Spirits, known for their excellent gin, and Salem’s Divine Distillers with their signature eau-de-vie. Learn more about Oregon distilling.