2580 Northwest Upshur Street
Busload of BeerYou're either on the bus or off the bus and in the case of BREWVANA, climb aboard. This beer tour includes some of Portland's best breweries like Hopworks and Coalition. The route usually has four stops with lunch, snacks, and chachkas included. The tour guides are the key to both entertainment and information on this tour. They love to spin a bit of NW brew history to get everyone up to speed, then it's on to the nuts and bolts, or grain and hops, of the beer here. The tours range from custom packages for you and 13 of your friends to the weekly offerings that rotate through select breweries. They also launch special tours that embrace the season, food pairings, and featured brewmasters.
The only effort involved on this tour is having fun. Patrons get the backstage-pass treatment at the breweries, and samples are ample and eclectic. You get to drink on the bus if you can't finish the flight's last pour; just be aware the alcohol levels in some of the brews are double digit. There is a feeling that more time could be spent at stops later in the trip. That might be due to the group's tendency to get comfortable as the blood alcohol rises. It's a good idea to cab it back to your domicile. BREWVANA delivers as promised, giving folks great entertainment value and a wonderful taste of Portland's premiere brewing industry.