21420 NW Nicholas Court, Suite D7, Hillsboro, 645-6644, vertigobrew.com. 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.