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Beer Guide 2015: Vertigo


21420 NW Nicholas Court, Suite D7, Hillsboro, 645-6644, 4-9 pm Wednesday-Saturday.

[INTEL ALUM] Calling Vertigo the most successful brewery in Hillsboro probably doesn't seem like a grand pronouncement. Steadily, the 7-year-old operation is making its way in from the suburbs, getting on the taps at Bailey's and selling out two-dozen kegs of its light, raspberry-infused ale, Razz Wheat, at the 2014 Oregon Brewers Festival. Started as a nano by a pair of former Intel employees, Vertigo has made its name on a combination of high-quality fruit beers such as the Apricot Cream Ale and uber-hoppy IPAs such as Friar Gone Wild, an imperial, dry-hopped version of its flagship brew. The taproom ain't much of a looker—it's a warehouse, with cafeteria seating, fluorescent lighting and a sad, neglected shuffleboard table against the wall—but still draws a strong after-work crowd for trivia and cribbage nights.

DRINK THIS: Arctic Blast, a vanilla porter whose sweetness is more subtle than its name would suggest.