Breweries in Hood River
Hood River is tourist town set at the junction where Ceder Creek runs into the Columbia River. It is also at the intersection of Highway 84 running East out of Portland and 35, which, in combination with 26, loops around Mt. Hood making this a great stop on a day trip from Portland.
There is no shortage of good beer in Hood River. Right on the water is the pFriem Family Brewers, then across the freeway to the South is Full Sail Brewing, Double Mountain Brewery, and Big Horse Brew Pub and Restaurant. There are also a couple of other notable establishments including Cascade Cliffs Winery and Cello Restaurant and Bar. If you want to cross the river into Washington state, you can also tip a few back at Everybody’s Brewing.
Full Sail Brewing
I’ll have to come back and try a few more of the other breweries on future trips, but today, I stopped at Full Sail Brewing. Here’s what I found:
First of all, you never forget the amazing smell that freshly brewed beer has. The yeasty aroma fills the entire building and is a joy as you look out the windows at the mountains in Washington. Full Sail is a fairly large brewery and has a great tasting room and restaurant.
The menu at Full Sail has a good mix of finger foods, sandwiches, desserts, and plenty of beer. I ordered a Ruben with a side salad and a cup of Beer Cheese Soup.
As you can see, the selection of beers on tap is fantastic as well.
Walking Around Hood River
The city of Hood River is plenty small to walk around in. If you stop at Full Sail, you should make the trip across the street to Double Mountain Brewery as well. The rest of the city is great for street walking and doing some shopping as well.