Portland Brewing Co.
2730 NW 31st Ave., 228-5269, portlandbrewing.com. 11 am-9 pm Monday, 11 am-10 pm Tuesday-Thursday, 11 am-11 pm Friday, noon-11 pm Saturday, noon-9 pm Sunday.
On the industrial outskirts of Northwest Portland sits an amber palace. That is, Portland Brewing Company's palatial production facility and pub, which resembles a rococo castle in scale and design and which was built off the spoils of its sweet, Cascade-heavy flagship, MacTarnahan's Amber Ale. That brew is named for the brewery's Montana-born Scottish mascot and investor, who passed away almost a decade ago. The brewery was fused to Seattle-based Pyramid in 2004 and changed its name from MacTarnahan's back to its original moniker, Portland Brewing Co., last year, shortly after it landed in the portfolio of Costa Rica's Florida Ice & Farm Co. Most of the beers made in those shiny copper kettles across from the expansive restaurant are exactly as you remember them, though Portland Brewing hasn't stopped rolling out other labels, including the revival of BlackWatch Cream Porter and the new Royal Anne Cherry Stout. I'd still order a Mac's—it really glows off these taps. MARTIN CIZMAR.
DRINK THIS: Say what you want, but aside from Mac's, I've also long had a soft spot for Pyramid Apricot Ale.