Breakside Brewery has exploded since opening in May, injecting a vibrant life force into the otherwise dull stretch of Northeast Dekum Street. Until Labor Day the place didn’t have license to pour its own suds, but it was worth the wait. The bitter IPA and pungent Hoppy Amber pair perfectly with the juicy pulled-pork sandwich ($9), while experimental brews like the spicy Aztec Ale—at 10 percent alcohol by volume, the brewery’s strongest—offer pizzazz in a pint. With staff packing ample beer knowledge and sass, it’s already become one of Northeast Portland’s best bars. AP KRYZA.
What to drink: The supremely bitter Breakside IPA.
Happy hour: $1 off beer and menu items until 6 pm daily.
Entertainment: TVs, bartenders with encyclopedic knowledge of suds.