7424 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., 296-0110, raclodge.com. 11 am-10 pm Monday-Saturday, 10 am-9 pm Sunday.
[STILL NOT A DIVE] It's still true that an undiscerning
local might drive by the giant Raccoon Lodge sign on Beaverton-Hillsdale
Highway and think the building housed either a giant strip club or a
sketchy roadside motel. Climbing the stairs and into a palatial suburban
brewpub, it is immediately clear just how wrong you are. The
multi-story building hides the brewhouse of one of Oregon's foremost ale
houses, Portland brewing pioneer Art Larrance's Cascade Brewing. The
family-friendly upstairs restaurant has an open-air vibe and serves
mostly non-sour ales, such as our perennial favorite Oblique coffee
blonde stout. They do offer four rotating sour selections if you want a
pucker. The real gem here, though, is a downstairs bar called the Den,
with windows into the brewhouse and a lottery-machine-housing suburban
DRINK THIS: Oblique, which tastes like coffee, looks like a blonde and feels like stout.