3901 N Williams Ave., 288-3996, lompocbrewing.com. 11 am-midnight Monday-Thursday, 11-1 am Friday-Saturday, 11 am-11 pm Sunday.
A Portland staple since 1996, Lompoc Brewing features a range of locations, from its recently resurrected hangout on Northwest 23rd Avenue to the cozy Hedge House on Southeast Division Street and the unassuming Oaks Bottom tavern. But its 5th Quadrant—named for North Portland, the odd man out in Portland's four quadrants—is where the magic happens. A funky, slightly industrial-looking bunker with a large covered patio is where the beers are born. That list includes evergreen favorites (C-Note, Lompoc Special Draft, Proletariat Red), plus an always-shifting rotating and seasonal lineup both mild (Fool's Golden) and wild (two-year Old Tavern Rat barleywine). They're paired with food plates that are both large and of impressive quality, including nachos, wings and voluminous plates of thin-cut fries. Two quick pro tips: Look to see whether the Lompoc location you're eyeing celebrates with $2.50 pints on either Miser Monday or Tightwad Tuesday. Also, don't balk at the price of the seasonal taster trays, which turn out to be a great value.
Drink This: Like all beloved institutions, the always-classic C-Note Imperial Pale Ale has its detractors, but true hops lovers will find 100 IBU hard to resist. For those who prefer a more citrusy IPA, it's tough to beat Pamplemousse.