820 NE Dekum St., 719-6475, breakside.com. 3-10 pm Monday-Thursday, noon-11 pm Friday-Saturday, noon-10 pm Sunday.
A tandem of strollers parked outside a bar is usually bad news, but it’s normal in Dekum, Portland’s Switzerland of suburbia. The finished wood and clean metal lines of Breakside Brewery create an inviting space you could effectively coax your parents into visiting without their ever knowing they’re at a brewery. Take note of the skater dads up in the mezzanine downing taster paddles—a half-dozen 5-ounce pours with four fixed standbys and two rotators of your choice for $8— while their kids run amok covered in sauce from the Buffalo Nachos. A Pandora station dialed in to Kid A drowns out the elation of the drunken Blazer fans parked at the bar, and the group of Golden Girls nursing tasters of Salt & Straw Salted Caramel Stout wonder aloud if these guys are in the right place. This is a bar, after all. PETE COTTELL.
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm, 9 pm-close Monday-Thursday. $1 off pints, food specials.
Entertainment: A couple TVs at the bar, but not much else.