As someone who truly enjoys drinking good local beer (my liver will thank me someday, hopefully), I was excited to check out 10 Barrel Brewing PDX in Portland. I have lost count of how many beer festivals I have attended since moving to Washington in 2012, but I have had ample opportunity to try the Bend, Oregon-based beers and always enjoyed them.
On a whim, my Southern California native husband and I decided to drive down to Portland to catch the Lakers-Trailblazers game at the Moda Center (we had to see Kobe Bryant on his farewell retirement tour). My husband had not really ever been to Portland and he found 10 Barrel’s Steak and Gorgonzola Nachos on the menu and we were sold. Our next door neighbor took over watching our dogs and it was off to Portland we went.
We found the brewery easily as well as a 90 minute parking spot just around the corner. Side note, as someone who frequently pays exorbitant amounts to park in Seattle, paying $2.40 to park on the street on a Saturday was almost shockingly pleasant.
The brewery was jam-packed with fellow beer lovers but we found a decent spot to sit at the bar area, sharing a table with patrons. Our waitress was very attentive immediately and helped my husband pick the Riding Solo (which he loved). Porters and stouts are my beer of choice and my eye was immediately drawn to their Chocolate Chip Mint Stout. The name said it all – the smooth, decadent chocolate and mint notes made me want to put a couple of scoops of ice cream in a glass and pour this over to make a stout float.
Then our waitress brought out our food order, the Steak and Gorgonzola nachos. I forgot to take a picture of the nachos right when they arrived, so a half-eaten plate will have to do (sorry, I was starving). Cajun potato chips smothered with seasoned steak, applewood smoked bacon, shallots, green onions and topped with Gorgonzola, Pepperjack and a four cheese sauce. My mouth is watering reminiscing of these nachos. Can I say damn, in my blog? They were damn amazing.
We sadly finished our beers (an empty glass makes me sad, what can I say) and the amazing plate of smothered goodness and went for a walk before our 90 minute parking space expired. Another nice thing about the Portland location is…the location! If you wanted to go bar hopping, other breweries were just a few blocks away (or across the street). Other amenities were close by as well, or if you just wanted to walk around as my husband and I did in an attempt to burn off any bit of calorie that we consumed, it was perfect. And since it was my husband’s first real time in downtown Portland, it was fun for him to check out the neighborhood and plan our next PDX drinking tour.
I highly recommend 10 Barrel Brewing, whether you find yourself in Portland, Bend, or their Boise, Idaho location, you have to check them out. They have a wide array of beers to choose from, no palette will be disappointed. And the food, while I can only say I’ve tried the nachos, if you have to eat something, eat the nachos. No doubt the rest of their food is delicious too – it just means I have to go back and try something else, which I certainly will. Hey, I’ve never been to Boise!!
10 Barrel Brewing PDX
1411 NW Flanders St
Portland, OR 97232
Ph. (541) 678-5228
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.