5821 SE International Way, Milwaukie, 719-6475, breakside.com. 3-8 pm Monday-Friday, noon-8 pm Saturday-Sunday.
Breakside was the talk of Portland beer this year, taking medals at the Great American Beer Festival in the hypercompetitive IPA and strong pale ale categories. And yet, the brewery remains resolute in its pursuit of new styles to master. La Tormenta, a tangy and pineapple-forward dry-hopped sour that was one of our top 10 beers of the year, shows the sort of infuriating knack for perfection you get from Yalie brewer Ben Edmonds. The Milwaukie industrial park pub, which is where Breakside makes that beer after overgrowing the small system in Dekum Triangle, isn't anything new: It has wood-paneled walls, medals behind the bar, brewery smells, noise and the occasional rush of cold air from the docking bay. You go here instead of to Dekum for the greater variety. Breakside IPA may be the best in the nation, but virtually everything pouring from the pub's 22 taps would make a top-10 list somewhere. Come next October, we'll see what new territories Breakside has conquered.