1401 Washington St., Oregon City, 908-1948, ocbeerco.com. 2-10 pm Monday-Friday, noon-10 pm Saturday, 2-7 pm Sunday.
Oregon City Brewing brands itself "pioneering beer for the pioneer city." Inside this year-old taproom, there's little besides the slogan to evoke this state's early settlers—it's a shiny space with a digital beer board, red vinyl booths and a small game collection (Jenga, Rock'em Sock'em Robots, Cards Against Humanity). On our visit, a football game was projected onto a prairie-sized screen and turned up loud enough to hear back in Portland. "My fantasy football team is winning so hard right now!" hollered a man in a camo-print cap after the Patriots scored. From the 44 taps—an impressive, West Coast-centric list, with brews from Breakside, Fort George and North Coast, as well as wine from Coopers Hall—we sampled eight from OCB's own three-barrel system. It was a mixed crop, ranging from an inoffensive blonde to a disconcertingly funky IPA to a triple chocolate porter that earned some jittery, sugar-rushed praise.
Drink This: Those craving liquid pudding might enjoy the triple chocolate porter. Otherwise, keep it simple with the blonde or ESB.