Meet your local guide at the bike shop to be fitted for a comfortable, well-maintained city bike and helmet, where you will have an opportunity to tell your guide about your beer experiences, good and bad. Love sours? Prefer IPAs? This is your chance to help set the tone of the tour.
Once you have been fitted, your guide will lead you into the tree-lined streets of inner SE Portland for a ride through some of the prettiest residential neighborhoods and into an industrial district. While stops can vary due to changes in brewery hours and the opening of new hot spots, the first stop is in this industrial neighborhood wedged between golf courses and parks. At the first brewery, have a chance to try one of Portland’s most classic IPAs – a style brought back into vogue in the 1980s by breweries nearby – as well as stouts, saisons, and lagers. Learn how Portland’s brewing scene got its start in the mid-1800s, and how it had an entirely new start in the 1980s.
You will also discover why Portland is such a great place, both geographically and climatically, for delicious beer.
After two samples each, your group will be back on their bikes heading into a brewery closer to the restaurant hotbed of Division Street. Here you will be introduced to the newer generation of Portland’s breweries; in the past half-decade, the city has seen an explosion of new breweries based on clean aesthetics, great ingredients, and a passion for creativity. Explore an entirely new style of beer or try samples from your favorites; either way, prepare to be delighted by the creativity and skills of the brewmaster.
Another brief bike ride will take you to a Central Eastside brewery that is fast becoming a Portland classic. Your guide may suggest you try the shop favorite, as well as ordering some snacks to tide you over until dinner. At the final stop, take a few minutes to learn more about the brewing process, and more importantly, why beer straight from these taps is better than most taverns and bottle shops.
It’s just an easy, mostly downhill ride back to the shop after this. All in all, ride seven to nine miles (11 to 15 km) with very moderate hills, with two generous tastings at three Portland breweries.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, beer samples at each brewery, snacks at one brewery, use of bicycle and helmet.
Exclusions: Tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: Comfortable clothing for riding a bike is suggested. Most months of the year include the possibility of rain; ponchos are available.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Closure of sites: Some breweries have limited hours or days; in the event of closures, a comparable brewery will be substituted.
Child Policy: Travellers under 21 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.