Breakside Brewery | 820 NE Dekum St & 5821 SE International Way, Milwaukie

A delightful lineup of standards (a mighty stout, a woozy IPA) and mad-science oddities (Aztec Ale, with habanero chiles and cacao nibs) made three-year-old Breakside the new social heart of the Woodlawn neighborhood. (Manager Travis Puckett calls the Northeast community “our life force.”) During a sunny recent visit, kids darted around tables and earnest beer geeks talked hops at the bar. Meanwhile, a huge new brewery complete with an adults-only taproom in Milwaukie gives Breakside the capacity both to brew on a near-industrial scale and conduct countless more small-batch experiments. 

You’re Drinking: Sane? Go for the floral Woodlawn Pale or a seasonal wonder like the malt-licious Kellerbier. Feeling ... insane? Try out the 10-percent ABV Aztec—especially the limited-edition version aged in bourbon barrels.