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Beer Guide 2015: Raccoon Lodge

Raccoon Lodge

7424 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., 296-0110, 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 bar vibe.

DRINK THIS: Oblique, which tastes like coffee, looks like a blonde and feels like stout.