The lynchpin. While Deschutes has followed its Black Butte Porter into national prominence—and become the twelfth-largest brewery in the country—they have managed to never outgrow their britches. While the downtown brew-pub can be a bit dusky, it is the place to go where everyone knows your name—and even if you’re new in town or visiting, there is a familiar embrace in the air. They offer many of the beers that have made them world-famous, but also head brewer Brian Faivre ventures out with spunky seasonals like Red Chair NWPA. Mirror Pond is a textbook representation of American pale ale, and The Abyss, offered annually since 2006, is an intensely flavorful Russian imperial stout; with blackstrap molasses, brewer's licorice from Italy, vanilla beans and cherry bark all popping up in the ingredients; it is a deeply engaging drink. Their connection to community remains strong, with an annual artist represented on their popular Winter Jubelale bottles.
• Drinks: $3.50 pints. Food: Burgers starting at $6.50.